Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonjour!  Nine beaches, numerous long car rides, and one-very delayed flight later, I’m back in Paris after spending an amazing week in Corsica with Janine.  With Garance Doré’s blog, French Elle’s August 2013 issue, and some recommendations guiding us, I think we did pretty well.  Although it’s hard not to have a good time in Paradise.  Corsica is a land of endless beautiful beaches, saucisson, and magnums, and where 80 percent of the people on the beach are wearing bikini bottoms and no tops (okay, maybe a slight exaggeration).

Last Monday, we flew into Ajaccio on the west coast and drove three hours to Porto Vecchio on the east coast.*  During the week, we explored Bonifacio, Ajaccio, and Porto Vecchio (where we spent most of our time).  A word to the wise, if you’re going to Corsica, download maps in advance.  My map application barely worked and the maps you can get from the tourism offices have few, if any, names of the roads (or don’t show the roads at all).  Also, there is a lot of traffic on the island (at least in August), so expect to spend a decent amount of time sitting in the car!**  We’ve become very familiar with the four songs that rotated on the radio.

Bonifacio.  We spent a day in Bonifacio, famous for its limestone cliffs, which is about 18 miles south of Porto Vecchio on the southern tip of the island.  We parked near the cemetery, and headed towards the town.

The view from the town, looking down, was not too shabby.

After walking through the town and loading up on French pastries, we decided to walk along the path towards the lighthouse.  If you look down from the lighthouse, you will see what appears to be a beach.  We were curious and decided to make it our mission to get there.

We walked for over an hour before cutting down towards the beach.

Climbing down in flip flops was probably not the easiest means of transportation, but we made it!

Finally, the reward.  There wasn’t any sand, but it was pretty secluded and the water was gorgeous.

*Turns out the airport in Figari is much closer to both Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio, but EasyJet does not fly there, and apparently Kayak thought it would be funny to hide this fact from us.  On the bright side, we got to see a lot more of the island!

**We were very grateful that our hotel found us a rental car with an automatic transmission, since there were tons of hills, turns, and traffic.  Also, I really need to learn how to drive a manual. 

© Sarah Milstein 2013

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