Calvi

Imagine the perfect Mediterranean city: a colourful array of buildings, cobbled streets climbing up to a Genoese citadel, harbourside cafés, and a pine-fringed crescent of silver sand... This is Calvi.

Within the walls you’ll find cobbled passages tightly packed with houses, dominated by the Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste, which stands at the highest point.

Thanks to its strategic position on the northwest coast of Corsica, Calvi has a turbulent past having been invaded on numerous occasions which is evident in the town’s rich architectural and cultural heritage. The earliest found remains of settlers in Calvi date back to the Neolithic period, however its first recorded history is from around 1000BC when Romans introduced agriculture to the island and in fact the town’s name comes from Calvus meaning ‘bald’ rock that would come to form the foundations of the citadel.

Calvi

Although a busy port in Roman times, Calvi was just a small fishing village under the Pisans (1077- 1284) but its importance grew once the citadel was built by Giovaninello de Loreto in 1268 following disputes between the island’s warlords. The Genoese, already positioned at Bonifacio, established trading links and 14 years later they defeated the Pisans at Meloria and moved into Calvi. The citadel (along with the rest of the island) surrendered briefly to the Aragonese and there were also two failed attempts to take the town by the Franco-Turkish allies. However, until the 18th century Calvi remained under Genoese rule; the island’s uprising led by Pascal Paoli between 1729 and 1768 was not supported by Calvi and even today the town has a much more cosmopolitan feel than many others on the island. In 1794 Paoli took his revenge on the town in the Napoleonic wars with the support of his English allies and it was during heavy fighting here that Nelson lost his right eye.

Legend has it that Christopher Columbus was born in the town during the Genoese occupation and the reputed remains of his house can still be seen today in the citadel, commemorated by a plaque. There is also a large statue at the foot of the citadel and various other monuments scattered throughout the town.

Accommodation in Calvi

Please find below a selection of our accommodation in the Calvi region of Corsica.

 

Apartment

A Merula

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£599

Apartment

Le Home

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£399

Villa

Casarella Cesarina

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£969

Apartment

Apartment Monte d'Oro

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£999

Apartment

Apartment St Philippe

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£1,189

Tour

Corsican Island Mystery

Walking

Price from / Per Person

£1,745

Hotel

Hostellerie de l'Abbaye

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£1,235

Hotel

Hôtel l'Onda

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£879

Tour

Mare e Monti North

Walking

Price from / Per Person

£1,980

Apartment

Rivages de Calvi

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£729

Tour

Sea and Mountains

Walking

Price from / Per Person

£1,849

Hotel

Hôtel Corsica & SPA Serena

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£1,431