Spread over the banks of the River Regino, Feliceto is a charming village surrounded by rugged mountains. The village is renowned for its produce of glass, wine and olive oil as well as being famous for the purity of its water. Views are truly magnificent and there are ample walking trails in the area.
The beach at Lumio, Arinella Plage, is small and personal and has stunning views of Calvi Citadel across the bay. Sheltered between rocky headlands there are opportunities to swim, paddle or snorkle.
The beach at Algajola is huge and wide and is close to the village and various cafes and restaurants. One of the longest beaches in the Balagne, the sandiest part is at the eastern end so requires quite a walk from the car parking area and the sea bed shelves quite steeply. The Western end of the beach is more commercialised and rather rocky in parts, but the water is shallower and calmer. The weather conditions mean that it's ideal for water sports.
This is a busy one! Hundreds of sunloungers and parasols belonging to the café restaurants line the beach. If you're prepared to wander you can generally find a quiet spot. Another benefit of its size is that it is generally patrolled. It's a fine yellow sand beach and the water is a gorgeous clear blue. There are good opportunities here for water sports.
Just west of L’Ile Rousse, Bodri Plage is an unspoilt beach, a walk through the maquis and over the railway line. The walk is worth it, as the beach has almost white sand and a turquoise sea.
Baie de Giunchetu
A short walk further west, around the rocky Punta di Genebre you will find this beach. It is slightly less picturesque, but larger.
Calvi Jazz Festival
Held in late June, this festival consists of a week of concerts in and around the citadel. Those in the music tent on the port or in the cathedral in the citadel are usually very popular and well known and require you to book a ticket. Jamming sessions in the harbour front bars in the evenings add to the ambiance.
Bastille Day – 14th July
Formally known as La Fête Nationale, this is a National Holiday in France commemorating the anniversary of storming the Bastille fortress prison in 1790. Fireworks and celebrations take place throughout the country and can be best appreciated from the mountainside.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Explore the narrow streets of the oldest inhabited village in Corsica, labelled as “one of the most beautiful villages in France” and enjoy some of the most spectacular views over La Balagne.
Strada di l’Artigiani
Follow the craft trail “Strada di l’Artigiani” through the villages of La Balagne and sample the local specialities en route
Visit Calvi Town & The Citadel
Calvi Towns social life focuses on the many restaurants and cafés of the Quai Landry which is a large seafront walkway that links the marina and the port effortlessly. To get the best possible feel of the town, this is the place to be! A walk up through the narrow passageways off Quai Landry will take you to rue Clemenceau where you will find an array of restaurants and souvenir shops plenty. Each week held at the Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste, which stands at the highest point of the Citadel you can experience Corsican Polyphonic singing with the concerts of “Chansons polyphoniques”
This popular Corsican Town has a lazy, peaceful charm and yet the ‘buzz’ of a Riviera resort. Wander the streets and make sure you take a trip to the market held every morning in a majestic covered market place. The produce is local and fresh and includes fish, vegetables, local honey, charcuterie and cheeses. There are ample restaurants to choose from in the narrow streets and around the main square beneath the plane trees and the silver sand of L’Ile Rousse beach is very tempting.