Santa Manza Maginot bunker, Sant'Amanza gulfSanta Manza Maginot bunker, Sant'Amanza gulf

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    This is a quite unfamous bunker. Cool Explo!
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A lost artillery bunker...

My experience, Explo description: 

Located about only 80km from the Italian coast, Corsica was an ideal platform to bring the war in Italy and Sardinia and control the traffic in the Mediterranean - North Africa.

Thus, during the 30's, to face Mussolini fascist thread, the French command decided to fortify 2 strongholds in Corsica: the south, around Bonifacio, and the north, around Bastia.

South: about a dozen bunkers where built between Porto Vecchio and Bonifacio. They where mainly infantery bunkers, located on beaches, supported by 3 artillery bunkers.

The Santa Manza bunker had 2 75mm guns defending the Sant'Amanza gulf from any attack coming from the sea.

Inside the bunker, you can still see many installations, like a air refreshing system, electric cables, etc... Unfortunately, the bunker is close to a very nice (but crowded beach): the tourists sometime think that the bunker is a toilet...

My personal recommendations: 

Go to the Punta di Nava beach.

How getting there: 

From Bonifacio, take the D58 road, to the very end of the road. Park your car and walk about 200m to the other site of the beach.

A tip to eat: 

The is a restaurant on the beach during the touristic season.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

All day long.

Visit duration: 

10 mn.

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