Bonifacio Citadel

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Bonifacio Citadel
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stephanieschroeder
Paris, France64 contributions
Jul 2020
Of cause Bonifacio is worth the visit, it is a legendary place with an amazing history! It is beautiful. Yet, you are indeed not the only person visiting - and parking slots are very, very rare. The tourist office proposes an app where you can see which parking areas are still available - but it does not always work, so be prepared for surprises, some desperate driving and searching and ... a lot of walking. The best solution are the parking areas in the harbour, they are rather large (you might have to wait for a while but turnover is quick) and the historic city is just a few steps (stairways) away.
Written August 21, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,617 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Bonifacio is probably the most interesting and picturesque of all the towns in Corsica. Any visit to Corsica should include a visit here. Lots of history and amazing setting. Very hilly so good walking shoes suggested.

If you take one of the boat tours (one hour and high recommended - around 18.50 euro per adult) you can park for free for the day in the Promenade sur la Mer carpark just above the harbour.

You can also take a 'petit train tour of the town if you don't fancy too much walking which also leaves from the harbour. '
Written September 24, 2020
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MeredithAussie
Melbourne, Australia1,932 contributions
Jul 2020
Well-preserved fortifications to walk around and explore, especially the Porte de Gênes (where you can see where they operated the drawbridge). You can get some great views from the battlements too, of the port, Sardinia, and the sea in general.
Within the citadel, the old buildings, cobbled streets, the chapels, shops and restaurants kept me occupied for hours. I particularly loved looking at the old door lintels and the religious icons in little wall alcoves.
I took an early morning walk along the Sentier de Campu Rumanilu – well worth doing, especially at that time of day. The colours of the cliffs and the citadel fortifications reflecting the sunrise - just beautiful.
Written August 6, 2020
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PMV
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,202 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
You need to leave your car on the paying parkings down by the small harbor and climb the steps to reach the beautiful citadel with a magnificent scenery and very typical village of Bonifacio, which is even nicer than Calvi. It takes a good 2 hours to go all around a d walk in the narrow streets of the village, which free of cars. You find nice boutiques and restaurants.
Written October 26, 2021
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Marco A
London, UK268 contributions
Aug 2021
Possibly Bonifacio is one of the prettiest city I have ever seen. So characteristic, build on the cliffs. It's a pleasure to get lost inside the old town and explore every corner. But also to walk outside Bonifacio, on it's left side, following a path on the cliffs.
Written March 20, 2022
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BUGI_70
Florence, Italy2,529 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The Citadel is a great spot in Bonifacio. It's a fortress with a village in walls, with a great seaview and all the facilities you can need, especially for bars and restaurants.
This is the right place where you can spend at least 1 night while in Bonifacio.
Written July 8, 2020
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Rolf W
Wettingen, Switzerland144 contributions
Oct 2019
One of the largest citadels on Corsica. Excellent view around. You should take a boat tour around the cliffs to sea its majestic size. Built on top a small hill, large walls for its protection.
Inside shops and restaurants. You may use the small touristic train to climb or just on foot.
Written October 15, 2019
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,707 contributions
Sep 2019
We have been to Bonifacio twice.
First visit was via a cruise ship, which anchored offshore and tendered the passengers ashore. As we came around the cliffs and entered the harbour, we were blown away by the views of the cliffs and the amazing citadel.
Our second and recent visit was with a tour group. We stayed 2 nights in Bonifacio so had time to explore more thoroughly.
The citadel is very impressive from all angles - from the sea, down by the harbour, across from the entrance, and within the walls.
We arrived by ferry from Sardinia, so again had the wow factor as we approached from the sea.
We walked around the marina and had those great views up to the citadel walls.
We walked the first part of the cliff walk and looked back to the citadel - one of the best views.
We went up into the citadel (there is a small admission charge-entrance just inside the gate to the old city) and walked along the top of the walls - fantastic views and well worth the entrance fee.
We wandered inside the old town inside the walls and stayed in a hotel at the top of the old town.
There is a small train which takes you up from the harbour into the old town. We didn't use it, and thought the 5 euro charge a bit much. The walk up the hill was not actually as steep as it looked. Walking around is the way to see the most.
Fantastic place and we loved it. We would definitely return again to Bonifacio!
Written October 17, 2019
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achoix
Delft, The Netherlands1,544 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Things we liked:
- the history and architecture of the city. Beautiful and plenty to learn about (e.g. King Aragon and the Genoese)
- compact. Easy to navigate and can be seen in about 2-3 hours while taking your time.
- friendly locals! Restaurants provide good service as do the shop owners

Things we didn’t like:
- restaurant prices are a little higher than average. Expect to pay about 16-18 EUR for (a very delicious) hamburger with salad and fries. Souvenirs and trinkets in other hand are reasonable

Things to consider:
- it’s very busy and finding free parking at the top (they are free spots but you have to be lucky) or anywhere really is a challenge. They have paid parking at the very top and you will pay about 7 EUR for about 3 hours of parking so not too bad.
- it’s a tourist trap so try to get head of the crowds by going early.
- if you want to have dinner there are many very good restaurants to choose from. Several places start serving dinner at 18:00 or 18:30, which is rare in Corsica where many places start at 19:00.
- there is a small train shuttle that takes people up and back down. We didn’t use this but if there is no parking available up top you can park at the bottom and take the shuttle up.
Written July 31, 2018
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Fiona H
Caerleon, UK119 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We walked up to the citadel from the marina, a tough 15-20 minute walk, but well worth getting out of breath for! If the walk is too much, le petit train is €5 return!
The citadel is amazing, small enough to cover in a couple of hours, big enough to hold your interest for a few visits. A great selection of restaurants, mostly quite expensive, but some lovely food.
Shops in the citadel are lovely to look at but much of the merchandise has a very high price tag!
The views across the sea are amazing, around every corner is a new angle and you can see right across to Sardinia.
Night time is great, the lights make it very pretty and some nights there is a light show from about 9pm on the citadel walls.
This was my favourite place in Corsica, having toured around several places in the south.
Written June 4, 2017
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