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The beauty of Bonifacio

We were looking forward to setting off from the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia on an extraordinary journey. Our journey would take us through the enchanting islands of the archipelago of La Maddalena before we finally docked in the rugged town of Bonifacio in Corsica.

Our adventure cruise began in Sardinia, known as the jewel of the Mediterranean. In Porto Rotondo we boarded our motor sailing yacht “Gulet”, a classic wooden boat from Turkey with a rich mahogany finish. After some last-minute shopping, we moved into one of the six spacious en-suite cabins and were given a detailed tour of the ship by the crew of five before setting sail for Caprera, part of the archipelago of La Maddalena. The captain gently left the harbour as we said goodbye to the main island of Sardinia.

A beautiful bay to anchor

In the evening, we anchored in Caprera, where we took a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water. The Italian private chef conjured up a 4-course menu with fresh pasta and seafood, accompanied by aperitifs and wine which were eagerly serviced by the hostess. We savoured the food and rounded off the day with a few drinks. As night fell, we retired to our cabins, which were made for a great sleep, in the morning waking up at our leisure to the beauty of the sea. Enjoying the 360-degree sea views during breakfast, the captain lifted the anchor and set sail towards Bonifacio.

Bonifacio village

As we approached the southernmost point of Corsica, the iconic harbour of Bonifacio came into view – a town that seemed to be carved directly into the jagged rocks at the entrance to the Mediterranean, as if chiselled out of the cliffs. The narrow streets of Bonifacio, perched on the high limestone cliffs, meandered between the old buildings and opened up amazing views of the sea. From the bustling marina with its large ships to the historic old town, every corner told stories of endurance and rich maritime history.

Local market

A journey through the village revealed the rich history of Bonifacio, where the medieval citadel and harbour reflect the town’s long-standing strategic importance for its defence. The Staircase of the King of Aragon offered a breathtaking panoramic view that mesmerised visitors. Gourmets could expect a mix of French and Italian culinary traditions, offering a variety of delicacies. Along the waterfront promenade, the restaurants formed an idyllic backdrop for savouring fresh seafood, artisan charcuterie, homemade cheeses, and exquisite Corsican wines.

As the day concluded, the crew recommended finding a quiet spot on the cliffs to witness the enchanting Bonifacio sunset. The golden rays of the sun reflecting on the sea created a romantic setting and an impressive spectacle. It was an unforgettable moment as the sun set, casting warm light over calm waters. This could not be captured by a photo and was a must-see!

Explore the islands in the Mediterranean

Our experience trip from Sardinia to Bonifacio was truly magical. Every port of call – pristine beaches in Sardinia, historical charm in La Maddalena, and enchanting breathtaking beauty in Bonifacio – depicted timelessness inherent in Mediterranean Sea attractions. Thus, fellow travellers, let’s go and see the Mediterranean islands; to be fascinated by the sea as we explore these coastal island gems!

Giorgio Lindegg

Giorgio Lindegg is a Director of Yacht Boutique. Yacht Boutique is a luxury private yacht charter & Sailing cruise company that creates outstanding cruise vacations with excellent gulets in the Mediterranean Sea. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. If you arrive by sea, which is probably the way to arrive, then the journey is all part of the experience. Which shouldn’t in underway undermine the beauty of Bonifacio.

    1. correct Bonifacio is the place to discover. arriving by sea is giving the extra view of the town

  2. I’ve made the mistake of attempting to explore Corsica by car which really wasn’t very successful. The roads are twisting and up and down, not going anywhere fast. I remember looking down to the ships at sea and thinking that’s the way to do it.

  3. Even though I grew up way south of the equator I’ve travelled a lot in Europe and made up for lost years. It looks as if I’ve made a big mistake by never including Corsica in my travel plans. From these pictures it looks very beautiful and very charming.

  4. If you moor in Bonifacio’s harbour my tip is to take the road to the top of the hill. As you can see from the pictures, it is very, very steep.

  5. Corsica is vastly underrated though it may be that it is so quiet and remote which makes it so appealing.

    It’s a great island for exploring by yacht with so many quiet bays and coves to moor up.

    I’m very envious of this voyage.

  6. Cruising around the Corsica coast and calling in to the local markets to top up on fresh provisions would be one of my dream holidays. Not that I’ve had the chance to visit Corsica yet.

  7. Bonifacio is one side of Corsica. Although Ajaccio is much busier it is dripping with heritage and it certainly tells Napoleon’s story.

    Although you can’t always rely on the local history. One monument to Napoleon lists some “victories” that other nations claim as defeats for Napoleon.

    1. of course Paul we wrote about Bonifacio but the Island has many more beautiful areas in Corsica for sure to be explored.

  8. I did the Star Clipper voyage around Corsica last summer which was one of the best cruises that I’ve ever done as Corsica had been on my bucket list for a long time.

    We began by stopping at Ile Russe, although there probably was only enough there for an afternoon of sight-seeing I would have liked to have moored up for more than an afternoon.

    That’s the advantage of private yacht charter you’re in charge of your own programme.

    1. Yes Sharron private yacht charter you can make your own bespoke travel plans the best way to travel and enjoy the vacation. star clipper is also a nice boat. happy holidays

  9. And then if you could sail East towards Elba and the Italian coast you would have a beautiful cruise. I’ve done some sailing round there and it’s incredibly beautiful when the sun is setting behind the islands on a still summer evening.

    1. Hi Jeff, yes it is a great journey from Corsica to Elba and to Tuscany. it is best way to make great vacations aboard a boat cruise. happy travels

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