Circuit around Bonifacio - Corsica, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan
N 41° 23.328 E 009° 09.918
32T E 513819 N 4581932
Quick Description: Best way how to start exploring Bonifacio is to take 1 hour long round-trip by boat and enjoy views from the sea.
Location: Corse, France
Date Posted: 10/17/2013 9:37:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMJA1H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 1

Long Description:

Don't leave Bonifacio without taking a boat trip around its extraordinary coastline, where you'll get the best perspective of the town's precarious position on top of the magnificent chalky cliffs.

We decided for one of the circuits that includes the goulet, the calanques (deep rocky inlets; calanche in Corsican), with their clear aquamarine waters, and the magical Grotte du Sdragonato with its gloriously multicoloured sea bed.

There are several boats in the Bonifacio Marina that tour the caves around the marina. The tour we took costs 12 Euros per person (thanks to bigger group), and our guide narrated the tour. It is possible to hire local guide (in French, but with written papers in other landuages too).

Along the ride, you can see fortifications up on top of the cliff walls that measure almost 2 miles in length that were built by the Genovese back in the 11th and 12th centuries. You'll see Montlaur barracks that housed the French Foreign Legion from 1962 to 1983 and will passed along the lighthouse Madonetta which signals the entrance to the port of Bonifacio.

From the boat, you can see a diagonal line that cuts through the cliff, this is the King of Aragon's Steps. If you have not climbed those steps, make sure you make time to do that before you leave Bonifacio.

Stops: Phare de la Madonetta (lighthouse), Grotte Marine du Sdragonato (large cave open from sea), Baie et Ilots de Fazzio (inlet with beaches and small islands), Cala de Paraguane (geologically interesting inlet) and back around Gouvernail de la Corse and town on cliffs to Grain de Sable (isle).

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 12-15 euro
Guide: local or yours

Enjoy your cruise and let us know your experience!
Adult Ticket Price in local currency: 15

Food/Drink available on board?: no

Restroom facilities on board?: no

Protection from the elements on board: Deck partially sheltered (e.g. from the sun)

Coordinates of the Ticket Counter: N 41° 23.326 W 009° 09.918

Required Photos Will be Uploaded: yes

Related Web Site: Not listed

Period/Days/Hours of Operation: Not listed

Address of the Ticket Counter: Not listed

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