"“We put into that port, so well-known amongst sailors: where sheer double cliffs, with no gaps, encircle the harbor and two headlands squeeze the narrow entrance in their grasp.” “Homer, “Odyssey,” Chapter X. During all our days of driving along the Corsican “carousel” that we developed trying not miss any of the main sites, we were falling deeper and deeper in love with the raw beauty of this island. But we left our hearts in Bonifacio. This stunning city presides over the most beautiful harbor in Corsica, arguably admired by Homer and described in his “Odyssey.” Was Homer the first Bonifacio tourist? Homer or not, Bonifacio is simply breathtaking. Spreading over the top of limestone cliffs, the city owes its jaw-dropping magnificence to the medieval fortress and upper town houses that look toward Sardinia on one side and over its picture-perfect harbor on the other. According to historical records, Bonifacio as a city was born in 828 CE, when Marquis of Tuscany, named Bonifacio, was passing by that location returning from his African expedition. He decided to develop a fortified harbor town there and for almost three centuries the Pisans ruled the city. The Genoese came at the end of the 1100s and built their impressive fortress overlooking the sea. Whether the rulers were from Pisa or Genoa, the city lived by the two main industries: fishing and piracy. Even though by the end of the 1790s, Bonifacio, just like the rest of the island, fell under the French rule, it still feels more Italian than French, and is definitely different from the rest of Corsica. For our first trip to Bonifacio we chose hotel Cala di Greco as our home. Less than 10 minutes driving from Marina will bring you into a diffirent world, but you really need to know how and where to look for it. Old stone walls and massive wooden gates have no sign and seem to belong to a medieval mansion. Inside the gates, a primeval Corsican landscape with a rusty fishing boat under the tree reminds you that this world is surrounded by the sea. Be prepared for a stark contrast, for soon the landscape of scrubs will change into a group of villas, each behind its white wall, each within its own secluded world, complete with an enclosed courtyard, a patio, and a terrace. The hotel defines elegance and refinement: we had a junior suite, tasteful, spacious and comfortable. Our bedroom opened into a small terrace where we liked to drink Corsican Rose with terrific cheese from a local farm. I think I can still feel the taste of both in my mouth. The hotel’s pools are heated to almost 80 deg. F and are exceptionally beautiful. We especially liked the infinity pool with its breathtaking view of the city across the bay. That was a great location to enjoy the hotel’s wonderful breakfast. But we loved most to spend our late evenings there, breathing the sea air and absorbing the magical beauty in front of us as the sun was disappearing behind the horizon. The entire staff was high"
"Gorgeous family run bed and breakfast hotel in a rustic setting. We stayed here for 11 nights in a 30sq meter room. It was very quiet with a small front garden accessed by a private gate before you get to the room door and a back patio with a small flower garden beyond. The room was very clean and comfortable with a large bathroom. TV English channels were limited to Bloomberg and CNBC which was disappointing. Hotel staff were charming and very helpful. Set in a hill above Bonifacio it has great views from the 2 pools and the breakfast room of old Bonifacio. Breakfast was adequate with a variety of fruits, eggs, various breads, cakes, yoghurts, croissants, cold meats and cheese. Fresh squeezed orange or omelette on request. A different cheese choice would have been good as there was only one type throughout the stay. You can order drinks and limited snacks during the day. Having 2 pools meant one was usually quiet which we liked and big enough to have a decent swim. You need a car to get around from here. There is a path you can walk down to get to the town - 20-25 minute slow walk, wear walking shoes as it is rough stones. Otherwise a 10 minute drive to a car park although traffic can be bad during the day in high season. There is Tonnara sandy beach 10 minutes in the opposite direction. There are two beachfront restaurants there which are worth a visit. "
"A gem! Very quit, private, lovely. Boutique hotel, modern, all high quality. Service was perfect. Breakfast lovely. No dinner served. For dinner one has to go to Bonifacio which is reachable in 10 mins by car. Two pool areas, high enough number of pool chairs, it never felt crowded at all. Room very modern and nicely decorated. Beautiful garden area."