Calvi, a town on the northwest coast of Corisca, is in an idyllic location with a large sheltered bay to the front and mountains behind, and sits on the edge of the Balagne region. It is known for its beaches and crescent-shaped bay. A large medieval citadel overlooks the marina from the bay’s western end, home to the Baroque St-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral and cobbled streets.
The citadel, at the northern end of the town and towering above the port, is the historic part of Calvi. Built by the Genoese over an extended period from the 13th to the 16th century, the citadel is essentially an entire small town surrounded by fortified walls. You will find the quaint streets of the old town as well as numerous lovely views across Calvi harbor and along the coast.
The Quai Landry is a nice place to start a visit, with a promenade along the seafront in the marina. There are lots of small pleasure boats as well as local fishing boats in the harbor, and palm trees line the promenade. There are also numerous restaurants and cafes, bars and souvenir shops where you can pause and enjoy the scenery.
In the streets immediately behind the port there are various small shops and the pink baroque style Church of Sainte-Marie-Majeure, built in the 16th century. As you continue further away from the water, you reach larger streets with larger and more upmarket shops.
For many visitors, it is Calvi’s beach that is the big attraction and center of a visit. The beach is a long, narrow strip of white sand and serene, shallow water that stretches nearly 6 km (4 mi) along the length of the bay. It is not the most attractive beach on Corsica by a long stretch but it is functional and easily accessible.
Additional Sightseeing Options include:
Discover the Balagne region and its charming villages. The village of Pigna is quite animated and they have concerts time to time
Discover l’ile Rousse: open market.There are a lot of good restaurants for lunch and then back to Calvi driving thru the hilltop villages
Cruise on a semi-rigid boat to discover the Unesco site, Scandola. Just beautiful!
Drive across the desert of the Agriates to discover Cape-Corse and meet with a wine maker
Visit to Lama Village. Lama is one of the most beautiful and authentic Corsican villages located about 40 minutes from Calvi. For more than three centuries the production of olive oil set the pace of life of the village and its families. In the early twentieth century, there were between 70,000 and 80,000 olive trees. We can arrange a visit with Tony Ceccaldi, a leading figure in the revival of this secular activity. We will meet him on his land, in his home and in his restored traditional mill
Note: There is no pre-set itinerary, your private guide will customize the tour to your wishes with the time allowed.