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Visiting the Medieval Town of Bonifacio: Photo Essay



If you wish to visit a medieval town that is breath-taking and an adventure, we recommend visiting Bonifacio in France! This amazing sea side town is located at the bottom of Corsica, and was a highlight from our recent sailing trip!

Bonifacio stairway

The view of Bonifacio by boat enables spectators to view the Roy d’Aragon Stairway

Visiting the Medieval Town of Bonifacio

We were extremely fortunate to view Bonifacio for the first time via boat. The combination of spectacular cliffs, colourful buildings and a giant sea cave had us aiming our cameras in all directions!

We understand that not everyone has the luxury of arriving via boat. But we do recommend that you view the cliffs from afar with your own two eyes. Therefore, you can step aboard one of the many tourist boats located in the marina. Or, if your budget is running tight then we recommend making use of your legs. There is a great walkway leading along the cliffs to the light house. It provides a great view of the town, plus it is much easier to take a great photo of Bonifacio when you are not bopping up and down in the swell!

Unfortunately we were only able to stay in Bonifacio for one night,  plus the cost to berth our yacht in the harbour was ridiculously steep. However we had a blast during our 24 hour visit and managed to squeeze in a lot of exploring, hundreds of photos and even celebrated Moss‘s birthday!

Bonifacio cave

Large cave at the entrance to Bonifacio marina

A view of the marina from Genoa Gate


Looking up at the Stronghold of the Standard from our dock

Bonifacio waterfront

The waterfront of Bonifacio marina

Bonifacio walls

Looking back at the walls of Bonifacio

Bonifacio walkway

View looking down Rastello Way, towards the Marina

Bonifacio street

One of many beautiful streets

Roy d’Aragon Stairway, Bonifacio

While in Bonifacio we highly recommend walking the Roy d’Aragon Stairway (King of Aragon’s Stairway). While it may look steep and daunting, it only costs a couple of euro and surviving the walk back up the 187 steps is truly rewarding.

Legend says that the steps were sculpted into the cliff by soldiers overnight during the siege in 1420, but apparently the real story is that the walkway was used to reach drinking water.

Bonifacio Roy d'Aragon Stairway

Bonifacio Roy d’Aragon Stairway

Bonifacio marine cemetery

Bonifacio Marine cemetery

Bonifacio St Antoine Canons

Bonifacio St Antoine Canons

Bonifacio St Antoine

Patrol Path walk which is located above the large cave

Departure of Patrol Path Walk

Walking down the Departure of Patrol Path Walk

Bonifacio Departure of Patrol

View from the Departure of Patrol Path walk

Bonifacio from a distance

Bonifacio from a distance

Bonifacio light house

The light house – 1 hours walk from Bonifacio marina


Since May 2014, Rebecca has been wearing out her jandals. She loves anything that involves the ocean whether it be scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing or more recently - sailing! Consider following her via RSS Feed, Twitter and Facebook.

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  1. Hitch-Hikers Handbook

    August 13, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    Stunning place! The cliffs are just incredible! Lovely photos, Rebecca!
    If you like photography, we would like to invite you to participate in the next edition of our Travel Photography Competition. Every week we publish 3 winning shots on our website and write a nice bio with a link to the photographers’ websites/FB/G+/Flickr pages etc.
    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    • Rebecca Barlow

      August 16, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Thanks for the heads up! We will definitely keep the competition in mind 🙂

  2. The GypsyNesters

    August 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Wow, what an amazing place! Never knew about it, thank you for bringing it to our attention.

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How to Improve Payment Experiences for Consumers



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Thermal curtains

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Screen doors

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