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Madonetta Lighthouse
Bontifacio, Island of Corsica

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On the southernmost tip of the island lies Bonifacio, the jewel of Corsica. From her high, cliff-top perch Bonifacio has defied gravity for a thousand years or more and is unique by virtue of both her history and extraordinary geographical location.

The ancient citadel is built on a natural promontory of chalk, overlooking nearby Sardinia and the Straits of Bonifacio that separate the two islands.

Today Bonifacio is above all a tourist centre, but her exceptional beauty remains untouched. Bonifacio is sometimes known as 'the City of the Cliffs', and traces of the earliest buildings are to found within the fortified walls of the citadel, the 'haute ville'.

On the tip of the promontory is the marine cemetery and windmills that date from the XII century - but best of all is the view stretching right across the straits to Sardinia.

The Madonetta lighthouse and Timon's Point mark the entry to the port from the sea. Terrace bars and restaurants, ice-cream parlours and boutiques welcome the yachtsman to this enchanting spot where the waves gently lap against the quay.

Source: Yachting Worldwide

  • The lighthouse can be seen from the ferry that goes between Corsica and Sardegna.
  • If you are already on Corsica, to get to Bonifacio, take N 198 (or N196 to N 198) south into Bonifacio.

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