Bonifacio Citadel
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Samhainn22
117 contributions
Jul 2022
Magnificent old town, stunning views, fascinating history, delicious food, excellent shops, endless places to explore
Written 14 October 2022
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CALIFORNIAN
3 contributions
Aug 2022
DON'T GO IF YOU ARE AMERICAN!! I have not felt so afraid, and attacked, and picked on and mistreated since before 9/11 ....they hate Americans, and they told me so everywhere I went. They yelled at us, insulted us, refused us service, swore at us and made us feel afraid and terrible. Not a good place to spend hard earned vacation dollars....buyer beware...just do not go! finally I just wanted to get on the boat and leave and I sat in the shade by myself to wait for my boat and the owner of the ferry service came out and said: get off my deck! and others were sitting there, so I asked him why? and he said: because you are a "F'ing" American.......at that point I was in tears.......terrible experience.....came so far to feel so terrible.......
Written 29 August 2022
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Mariya Petrova
275 contributions
Jun 2022
Taking the way up the hill might be challenging but the excitement to reach the top and the many beautiful small streets with restaurants, shops are worth the efforts.
You can check some souvenirs around the port.
Must taste the french bread served
And going back is less tricky.
Take the ferry between Sardinia and Bonifacio
Written 1 July 2022
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Malgorzata
11,440 contributions
Jul 2021
A short but challenging walk to the medieval citadel. Challenging because of the steep climb to its entrance. Once you get to the top it is hard to be disappointed. The views are breathtaking. The citadel is beautiful even though it is crumbling in places. There are enough shops and restaurants to entertain most visitors. Very picturesque little streets.
Written 30 June 2022
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P Bailey
Manchester, UK43 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
From Hotel Solemare it is a short but challenging walk to the medieval citadel. Challenging because of the steep climb to its entrance. Those who have any impairment preventing them from walking or honest enough to admit that they are carrying more than a few excess pounds should consider the mini train - yes the train is very Disney but it beats a defibrillator followed by cardiac massage.

Once you get to the top it is hard to be disappointed. The citadel is beautiful even though it is crumbling in places. There are enough shops and restaurants to entertain most visitors. Churches and a cemetery make up other attractions. I did say cemetery it is a sight to behold and very photogenic.
Written 7 June 2022
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david s
netanya, israel505 contributions
May 2022
This impressive citadel, dominating the town's skyline was very interesting to visit, especially for history buffs. It is well signed and if one follows the numbers of the various sections, the entire citadel can be viewed, where in many places there ar views of the sea. Looking down to the bay and the magnificent marina is breathtaking. The entrance fee includes also "the stairs of the Aragon king", 187 very steep stairs from the midtown to the sea level. Not a must, especially for elderly people, as these are 15th-century stairs, each of about 40 cm high. A helmet is required to go down.
Written 6 June 2022
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Diana P
Buenos Aires, Argentina37 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Bonifacio is a charming place with narrow streets, lovely restaurants and stunning views. The ferry from Sicily allows you to enjoy the beautiful bouches of Bonifacio.
Written 25 April 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia24,611 contributions
Jun 2021
Citadel is Bonifacio's main hit. Located on picturesque limestone cliffs, it makes the city the most beautiful in Corsica and one of the most beautiful in France. For a long time, it was possible to enter the citadel only through one gate - the Genoese one. It was this maritime republic that owned Corsica for a long time and built both the fortress itself and the gate. According to all the rules of the European medieval fortification, the entrance to the gate is possible through a drawbridge. This is not a Genoese original of the XVII century, but already a French reconstruction of the times of the July Revolution of 1830. We enter the citadel through the main Bastion de l'etendard fortification. That's what we see from the harbor. Towering 25 meters above sea level, the bastion bears the title of the highest fortress in France! I couldn't believe it when I remembered Mont Saint-Michel. Even though I was there 8 years ago. Lovers of the art of fortification can visit the exhibition "1000 years of fortifications" in the bastion. After wandering for a short time (the length of the fortress is only 200 meters) in the old town we came across the second gate, which was built already in the XIX century, when the fortress lost its former military importance due to the progress of artillery. These gates are automobile and it is possible to climb along the serpentine from the cruise port. In addition to the bastion, you can see a couple of churches in the citadel (St. Dominic, St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Maggiore). The citadel ends with the so-called Il Torrione - the Tuscan watchtower. This is not also not the original of the original donjon of the IX century, but a reconstruction of 1980. At the opposite end of the citadel from the Genoese Gate, in addition to the Tuscan Tower, there is the Bonifacio Naval Cemetery. Believers in the afterlife will envy those who are buried here. With a view of the Mediterranean Sea ... Those who appreciate the current life (even fast current) need to go back and go to one of the many restaurants of the citadel. We stopped for a drink at Les Terrasses d'Aragon with excellent views of the sea and the cliffs.Nearby, by the way, the lowest attraction of the citadel is the Aragon Staircase. 187 steps lead down a steep cliff to the cave of the Well of Saint-Barthelmy. As you know, any fortress can be taken simply by blocking access to fresh water from the defenders. In the now closed area there is a pool with fresh water that oozes out of the rocks. Fighting with Genoa for control of Bonifacio Alfonso V, the king of Aragon tried to capture the cave, but he failed...
Written 17 April 2022
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Marco A
London, UK288 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 20 March 2022
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PMV
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,217 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 26 October 2021
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