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Top Choice Historic Site in Bonifacio


The great joy of visiting Bonifacio lies in strolling the tangled medieval lanes of the citadel. The paved steps of montée du Rastello and montée St-Roch lead up from the marina to its old gateway, the Porte de Gêne…
Top Choice Corsican in Bonifacio

Kissing Pigs

At water’s edge beneath the citadel, and festooned with swinging sausages, this seductively cosy and friendly restaurant-cum-wine bar serves wonderfully rich and predominantly meaty Corsican dishes. Hearty casserole…
Island in Bonifacio

Îles Lavezzi

Paradise! If you love to splash in tranquil lapis-lazuli waters, this protected clutch of uninhabited islets was made for you. The largest, the 65-hectare Île Lavezzi itself, is the most accessible. In summer, opera…
Corsican in Bonifacio

La Bodega

At this cute wood-beamed hole-in-the-wall, just up from the tourist office, gregarious owner Jean-Marie whips up no-nonsense Corsican classics, from veal with olives to civet de sanglier (wild boar stew). Don't miss…
Bakery in Bonifacio


Before a boat trip, drop in at this artisan patisserie-gelateria down by the water, run by the same family since 1921, and splash out on a bag of lemon- or aniseed-flavoured canistrelli (Corsican biscuits), a loaf o…
Corsican in Bonifacio

L'An Faim

Near the foot of the steps from the port up to the citadel, this fusion-flavoured modern restaurant prepares seasonally changing specials using exquisite market-sourced produce. Expect anything from bouillabaisse to…
Seafood in Bonifacio

Les Quatres Vents

Surveying the harbour through giant windows, the ‘Four Winds’ has an appropriately nautical theme, with lots of yachting photos, plus a spiral ship’s staircase and even a funnel above the open kitchen. Breton owned,…
Historic Site in Bonifacio

Escalier du Roi d’Aragon

Only accessible from the top, this impressive staircase cuts down Bonifacio's southern cliff-face. Legend says that during the siege of 1420, Aragonese troops carved its 187 steep steps from the bottom up in a singl…
Museum in Bonifacio

Bastion de l’Étendard

Inside the citadel’s old gateway, the Porte de Gênes, the Bastion de l’Étendard was the town's main stronghold. Built to hold heavy artillery, it now houses a small museum, and provides access to a hugely enjoyable …
Corsican in Bonifacio

Cantina Doria

A Bonifacio institution, this cavernous old-town joint has a tantalising menu that showcases the classics of Corsican cuisine, from tripe to chestnut cake, in a rustic setting.