On the southern tip of the French island of Corsica, and only a few kilometres across the water from Italy lies the small medieval village of Bonifacio. A city full of secrets and history, where the shining sea, the "maquis", along with its steep white limestone cliffs create a wildly beautiful natural landscape. The warmth of the climate is also tangible in the warmth of the inhabitants; and much like thousands of visitors every year, you will likely be drawn back to Bonifacio.
Open all day long during summers, lots of boutiques are closed during winters or scarcely open.
Perched on a white cliff and sculpted by the wind and the sea waves, Bonifacio sits fierce and proud over the Mediterranean. Welcoming inhabitants since the prehistoric era, Corsica's oldest town has become strategic due to its geographical position on a strait. It was developed by Tuscans to be a citadel and was named after Boniface II of Tuscany in 828. The citadel was held to fight against the Moors of Spain, who were pirates. Fight scene of the Pisan and Genoese armies, Bonifacio was disputed between these two powerful states. It briefly became an Aragonian property but was definitively acquired by Genoa after a series of treasons and sieges. In 1767, the Republic of Genoa sold Corsica to France and asked for special treatments to some cities, including Bonifacio. Bonifacio has gained international recognition through its protected marine parks, its luxurious nature, and its beauty. The folklore and traditions are still maintained and very much alive.
An absolute open-air museum, the city is pure amazement. The impressive nature and the rich history gather to make the city a pure gem. You can stroll around the city all day and night long, you will always find something new. You will also likely find your favourite beach among the 40 kilometres of sandy coastline in and around Bonifacio.
Whether you prefer the proximity of the sea and boats or the majesty of the old citadel, you will surely find a gorgeous backdrop to appreciate a good cup of coffee and a pastry. Don't forget your sunglasses to enjoy the terraces!