Welcome to Bonifacio
The ancient town of Bonifacio, at the very southern tip of
Corsica, dates from 833AD but there is nothing old-fashioned about
the tourist trappings and commercialisation of this buzzing haven
that attracts huge holiday crowds, particularly in summer. The
visitors come on holiday here for the magnificent setting;
Bonifacio sits on a narrow limestone peninsula, the bright white
cliffs plunging into the Bouches de Bonifacio strait, between
Corsica and Sardinia.
The most scenic way to approach Bonifacio is by boat through the
channel, almost a mile long, that protects the town's beautiful
natural harbour. No wonder that the buzzing marina attracts yachts
from all over the world, as well as ferries and passenger boats
packed with tourists arriving on holiday from Sardinia and
elsewhere. Alternatively you can fly in to Bonifacio from Marseille
or bus from the other Corsican towns.
The Italian-flavoured town boasts quaint medieval architecture,
offset with the requisite cafés, restaurants and boutiques catering
to the tourist trade. Bonifacio's old town and citadel, built in
the 12th century by the Genoese conquerors, is an interesting
holiday attraction and reached up a long, steep flight of steps.
The citadel has been put to use in modern times as headquarters for
the French Foreign Legion, which was based here between 1963 and
There are diversions aplenty to enjoy on holiday in Bonifacio
and surrounds, ranging from watersports of all sorts at the nearby
Plage de Piantarella to some splendid golf courses, as well as boat
trips to the offshore Archipel des Lavezzi island group.
Information & Facts
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).