Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Bonifacio

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According to legend, Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps) was carved from the steep cliff in a single night during Alfonso V's siege of the town in 1420. In fact, it was constructed earlier by an older Franciscan monk, who devised an easy access to the water source and the cave at the base of their monastery. The staircase leads to the sea, offering you a unique opportunity to swim at the foot of the cliffs. By boat, you can see the stairway all the way up the side of a cliff that looks like a hollow tube in the stone. You can walk the entire 187 steps, inclined at an angle of 45 degrees, overlooking the sea. To visit Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps) and other attractions in Bonifacio, use our Bonifacio visit planner.
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  • Highly recommend. You get to a really wonderful landscape. So peaceful. I loved it! And I've some nice people on the way, we were hiking together 
    Highly recommend. You get to a really wonderful landscape. So peaceful. I loved it! And I've some nice people on the way, we were hiking together  more »
  • Fun and original thing to do but steps are very steep and there are 170 something of them so you need to ensure you can make it down and back! It is obligatory to wear a hard hat (supplied). When... 
    Fun and original thing to do but steps are very steep and there are 170 something of them so you need to ensure you can make it down and back! It is obligatory to wear a hard hat (supplied). When...  more »
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  • The stairway is not free of charge, but it does look adventurous. However seeing it from the boat is a sight worth the boat trip, not the descent by foot. If you are going on a boat trip seeing this gem it is all you need. There were no historic battles here so the place of interest is more beautiful from afar.
  • Definitely worth seeing while you're in the city. It's worth noting that they won't let you down in flip flops for safety.

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