2019-08-08 La Maddalena Islands, Sardinia, Italy to Bonifacio Port via Ile Lazarina, Corsica, France

After an early breakfast we pull up the anchor and depart from our overnight anchorage off Isola Budelli, one of the small north western La Maddalena Islands situated between Corsica and Sardinia
A comfortable home away from home!!
Heading in a north westerly direction towards the French Island of Corsica we leave the La Maddalena Island group
Approximately 6.5 nautical miles (12 kms) from Isola Budelli we arrive at the small and beautiful Iles Lavezzi
The archipelago was the site of a shipwreck of a French frigate called Semillante in the mid 1800’s. There are two memorial cemeteries located on Lavezzu, one of the tiny islands
There are a couple of sheltered small bays on the southern side of Lavezzi Island which are very popular anchorages and it is often hard to find a space to anchor in either
Fortunately our luck was with us and we found a fabulous spot to anchor for a while and have some lunch and a swim in the beautiful turquoise water
There was plenty of underwater life here, especially when bread was on the menu!!
Our little granddaughter, Betsey was having a wonderful time here swimming and collecting rocks and shells
After a couple of hours at Iles Lavezzi we continue the short distance to the southern coast of Corsica. Here we come to the spectacular town of Bonifacio perched high on the cliffs overlooking the sea. L’Escalier du Roi d’Aragon, the ancient 187 steps which were carved into the cliff face can clearly be seen from the sea
To the west of the cliffs we approach the hidden entrance to the famous harbour of Bonifacio
Entering the port of Bonifacio is one of the most spectacular experiences we have experienced during our years of cruising. Each occasion of returning to the port is as outstanding as the ones prior!! This is our 6th visit to the port!!
Our family also enjoyed the experience of arriving in the port
The port of Bonifacio is a calanque which is a narrow, steep walled inlet developed in limestone over millions of years of erosion
Looking back to the hidden entrance to the port which is only visible by the port markers
A row of rather impressive super yachts line the southern shore as we make our way towards the port
Bonifacio which was founded around 830 AD is Corsica’s oldest town
The medieval town has an ancient fortress with the town stretching along the top of a promontory 70 m above the sea
Fortunately we arrived early afternoon and secured a good position in the marina near all the restaurants and the heart of the town
As the weather was very hot we chose to take the small tourist train to the top of the town
It is a great way to see the town without passing out with heat exhaustion!!
As we make our way up to the top of the old town we catch a glimpse of the Tangaroa in the port below
The views from the top of the promontory are outstanding
Looking east along the stunning white cliffs of the southern coast of Corsica
There are so many shops and small quaint eateries around every corner and down the narrow lane ways in the old town
Returning to the Tangaroa we notice there wasn’t a spare berth to be found in the marina
Betsey with her Papa
……. and Nanna!!
Earlier we had made an early booking at our favourite restaurant “L’an Faim” located near the marina
On each of our many visits to Bonifacio we have dined here …. great food …. great staff …… great position!!
We are pleased to see the Citadel is still lit up at night!!! With changing colours through the night!!!

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