These King of Aragon’s steps are for the ones who are not faint hearted! The vertiginous view over the sea and the city is breathtaking. Legend says that these steps on the cliff were created in one night only to allow the king of Aragon to escape from the siege of the city. Be careful, the steps are very steep and you will need courage to climb them!
On the south-east of the Lavezzi Islands lies a well-known dive site in Corsica: Merouville (Grouper-city). You can dive surrounded by friendly groupers. They are not at all shy and some even enjoy being petted by swimmers. These fish are protected by law. Several companies rent out material and boats and organize tours in Bonifacio.
In waters as clear as the Caribbean ones, in a fish haven lies a small archipelago called îles Lavezzi. All in granite, the austere decor must not make you forget the beauty and the serenity of the place. The inhabited islands were the place of the wreck of the Semillante, a French frigate, in 1855. Be sure to bring water, food and parasols as there is no shops. You can access the islands by renting a boat or take a shuttle boat.
A boat tour is a must-on to discover all the hidden places of Bonifacio. All the tours are commented in several languages. It may be a good idea to access professional services as the waters of Bonifacio are dangerous with their reefs. 4 companies are on the same dock and offers several routes: the discovery of the sea bottom, the discovery of Bonifacio caves, cliffs and coves and the discovery of the islands. Gina Croisières : +33 4 95 10 97 50 Thalassa : +33 6 86 34 00 49 Le Corsaire : +33 4 95 10 42 84 Rocca Croisières : +33 4 95 73 13 96
Ranked by Le Figaro as one of the most beautiful beaches of France, La Plage du Petit Spérone draws its name from the gulf of Spérone. After 10 minutes of walking from the beach of Piantarella, you will feel on the other side of the world. The pure waters, the fine golden sand will take you to the tropical islands. This beach is also good to know for one reason: even on the busiest months, it is not crowded!
Next to the Piantarella beach, you can find ruins of a roman complex. This huge villa hold stables, therms, offices, workshops, salt warehouses, a private port, apartments and even a dry dock to repair boats. The total surface was 3 600 square meters. Nowadays, only the ruins remain which give a charm to the beautiful landscape. The land they are located is private-owned but you can perfectly see them from the outskirts.
The main church of Bonifacio is hidden on a small street but is worth a visit! The altar, the columns and the rose window are spectacular. The building was classified as a Historic Monument. It was built in the 12-13th century. During Easter, religious parades leave and arrive from there.
Well known as a surfer spot, the Tonnara Beach is very windy and you must be careful if you want to swim. The beach is also a very romantic place with one of the best sunset places in Corsica. You can rent sea kayaks and if you are hungry, two restaurants offer some food.
In this unusual place, in a XIIIth-century chapel, La Caravelle is a fine and gourmet restaurant. The cooks, led by Glenn Vieil, a two-star chef, create an inspired cuisine. Sea products are sublimated. Sea urchins, prawns or sardines flirt with truffles and risottos. Traditional recipes are also interpreted.
When dining at L'an Faim you can enjoy Michelin-starred level cooking in a wonderful and welcoming environment. The restaurant itself has a beautiful location, with an outside terrace overlooking the harbour. From the menu you can choose dishes which are prepared with a creative touch. Be prepared for a lovely culinary experience.
Trattoria L'Archivolto is an Italian restaurant where you can eat tasty homemade food which are all prepared with local ingredients. Here you can enjoy your dinner at the lovely courtyard and be served by the welcoming and helpful staff. The lasagne is one of the favourite dishes here.
The menu at Restaurant Stella D'Oro is well balanced with seafood, fish and meat, however you should try the house specialties like Aubergines à la Bonifacienne and Lasagnes au four. From the wine list you can choose a tasty wine that complement your dinner. The price might be a little high but well worth it if you are looking for a high quality meal.
After a day on the beach you can drop by the pizz'Amanza where you can enjoy a nice thin crusty pizza with plenty of topping in a friendly, family atmosphere. The restaurant is beautiful located overlooking the bay. Here you can eat food for a reasonable price and get good service.
This adorable restaurant is set off of the main walking streets in Bonifacio and provides a very cute and compact outdoor space where you can enjoy your meal. The menu offers traditional cuisine and the chef is also glad to give you some recommendation of his specialty dishes including Bonifacio-style aubergines, and spaghetti with mini-crayfish.
Cantina Doria is not the typical tourist venue in Bonifacio that one might expect, it is very simple and traditional. Here you can delight your taste buds with homemade simple food for a fair price. You can enjoy your dinner on the outside terrace and be served by the friendly staff.
Restaurant Chez Marco has been a successful restaurant for many years now, it was in fact established in 1969 and still keeping the same recipes from this date to respect the tradition. This sea food restaurant has a beautiful location and overlooking the sea. The specialities are fresh fish, blue and red lobster.
With a breathtaking location, Le Tiki offers you a perfect dining experience in the Old Town. The helpful and friendly team serves local specialties which are all finely presented. It is not cheap to dine here but well worth a visit. One dish you should try when in Bonifacio is the 'Aubergine Bonifacienne'.
If you want to bring an original object back from Corsica, you may find interesting traditional knives and coral jewels. At all prices, you can purchase objects for all your family. You can also see jewellery made of operculums of sea snails, which according to the legend brings luck. The coral used is from Bonifacio.
Figari Airport is approximately 20 km south of Bonifacio, about 30 minutes away by car. From the airport you can use transfer options such as car, taxi or bus. Bus: There are intermittent bus services from the airport to Bonifacio during the summer months, which take about 30 minutes. Taxi: Taxis are available n front of the terminal. Reservations can be made in advance through several online booking systems. Car rental: Several car rental companies are available at Figari South Corsica Airport, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National Citer.