The Cliffs of Bonifacio
[Ph. Desjobert ]
Evocation of Bonifacio ...
Bonifacio is a city which is exposed to the open sea and to winds which
rush in the narrows with an incredible violence.
When this puff takes possession of the town, woe betide the one if he
goes for a walk there.
It is a such strength that it jostles the less solid. Once you passed
the door of the drawbridge, the old town, where the dialect remains the
genoese and not the corsican, closes on itself.
For Bonifacio has kept its aspect of origin, or it has just about kept
[...]The view of Bonifacio by the sea is one of the most renowned. The
boat sails along the immense white walls whose corbelles constructions
move forward above us.
The Cliffs [Ph. Desjobert]
Then the town appears which seems to look us from above. We have difficulty
to hold back our fear of seeing fall these buildings with their innumerable
and minuscule openings.
From the port to the Citadel a way which overhangs the marina and the
narrows, goes up.
In the beginning of the century, the donkeys blocked this road; hundreds
donkeys which supplied the old town.
The inhabitants of Bonifacio nicknamed this procession "the subway
The good animals brought the food and drink to the inhabitants of the
high town. When the sun rised, this army of donkeys started to bray, awaking
the poor urbanists who joined their insults to the animal din.
A little after, the water carriers poured out into the blocked alleys,
yelling: "Acqua, acqua fresca." The strength and the habit permitted
them to bring up the full jars to these erected stairs which were straight
Bonifacio is a religious town par excellence.
I keep the memory of these processions which, during the big christian
feasts silently went all over the Citadel. It rised from there an atmosphere
of fear and respect that I combine with the smell of candles which haunt
The one of Saint Dominique is the most immense of Corsica..
Extract of Terres de Corse Gabriel-Xavier
The Templars started its building and it was finished in the 14th century
thanks to the grants paid by the inhabitants.
Holidays in Bonifacio - South Corsica
- Visit the town
- The Marina
- The Marina
- The High Town
- The Citadel
- The Saint-Dominique Church
- The Old Town
- The Sailing Harbor
Regular sea lines permit excursions from Bonifacio and the crossing
of the Strait of Maddalena towards Sardinia which is very near and the
port of Santa-Teresa..
- The Neighborhood of Bonifacio
- The Semaphore of Pertusato
- The Pass of the Trinity
- The Boat Trips
The Lavezzi Isles [Ph. Desjobert]
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