Cruise Port Atlas | Bonifacio (Corsica), France Map | Location

Bonifacio (Corsica), France Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Bonifacio: Star Clippers, Azamara Club Cruises, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea

Key Attractions: Bonifacio, Bonifacio Citadel, Ste. Maria Majeure Church, St. Dominic Church, King Aragon Steps, Lavezzi Islands, Straits of Bonifacio Marine Park, Piantarella Beach, Sperone Beaches, Calalonga Beach, Tonnara Beach, Sartene, Sainte-Lucie de Tallano, Levie, Zonza, Porto Vecchio, Bavella Needles, Musee de l'Alta Rocca, Dame de Bonifacio, Cucuruzzu, Museum of Prehistoric Corsica, Torre Civilization

Bonifacio's winds and currents, plus limited dock space make it challenging for any ship or boat, so traffic is limited and some ships anchor and tender. Between the French island of Corsica and Italian Sardinia are the Straits of Bonifacio, infamous for its shipwrecks which have resulted from heavy seas, underwater hazards and intense winds. These same factors have created the stunning port of Bonifacio, which is a small and ancient port inside a mile long (1.6 kilometers) narrow bay guarded by dramatic white cliffs. On the peninsula on the southern side of the bay, there has long been a citadel. The present structure was built by the Genoese. The small old town section is mostly just outside these walls and features two churches, Ste. Marie Majeure and St. Dominic. The famous King Aragon Steps lead to the sea on the south coast of the peninsula. For those up to the physical challenge the reward is amazing views. The beaches and islands in the area offer some of the best windsurfing in the Mediterranean due to the consistent winds. Off the coast are the rugged islands of Lavezzi, where divers and snorkelers visit on day trips. Inland from Bonifacio are some lovely towns and villages, such as Sartene and Porto Vecchio. The geographic wonder, the Bavella Needles, are rocky teeth that rise from the mountains not far north of Porto Vecchio. In the center of Southern Corsica is a region which features many pre-historic sites. In the town of Levie, there is a museum which presents many artifacts from that era, including the Dame de Bonifacio, which has been dated to the 66th century BCE.

Local Currency: Euro | Current exchange rates at xe.com

Primary Language: French

Secondary Languages: Corsican (Corse)

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of Bonifacio from the sea by Stephane Viau

Geography and Population

At the southern end of Corsica, Bonifacio's port faces west and is situated between a narrow peninsula and an even narrower bay which is on mile long. There are less than 3000 residents in Bonifacio.

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How Far?

Taxis information is still under research.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Bonifacio Cruise-Tender Berth Sud-Corse Airport 21 KM 24 minutes 45 Euros
Bonifacio Cruise-Tender Berth Old Town / Citadel 0.5 - 1.2 KM 2-3 minutes, 7-20 minute walk (difficult)  
Bonifacio Porto-Vecchio 28 KM 28 minutes  
Bonifacio Sartene 51 KM 45 minutes  
Bonifacio Levie 60 KM 65 minutes  
Bonifacio Ste-Lucie de Tallano 70 KM 65 minutes  
Bonifacio Zonza / Bavella Needles 72 KM 1 hour 20 minutes  
Bonifacio Calalonga Beach 7 KM 14 minutes  
Bonifacio Piantarella / Sperone Beaches 8 KM 18 minutes  
Bonifacio Tonnara Beach 10 KM 15 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital

Hopital Local de Bonifacio, Lieu dit Valle, 20169 Bonifacio, phone - +33 4 95 73 95 73, 2.6 KM, 5 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

La Banque Postale, 3 Rue Archivolto, 20169 Bonifacio, 1.3 KM, 4 minutes, 9 minute walk

Post Office

La Posta, 3 Rue Archivolto, 20169 Bonifacio, 1.3 KM, 4 minutes, 9 minute walk

Port and Berths

Cruise / Tender Berth - Nearest Street address - Quai Sott a Portigliola, 20169 Bonifacio
GPS - 41.38857, 9.156884

Photo of Bonifacio Citadel by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT