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.

Calvi Citadel

If you don’t mind the climb to the top through the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways, then a visit to Calvi’s 13th century Citadel is a must during your holiday. The best way to see the Citadel is to simply follow the ramparts, which offer some magnificent views across the bay to the mountains of the Balagne. Staying within the Citadel in one of our character apartments enables holidaymakers to truly experience the romance enclosed within these ancient walls. 

Experience Corsican Polyphonic Singing

Each week concerts of “Chants polyphoniques” are held at the Cathédrale Saint Jean-Baptiste, which stands at the highest point of the Citadel. 

Calvi to L’Ile Rousse by train

A fantastic bumpy train journey that will take you along the beautiful coast to L’Ile Rousse. There are a number of beautiful beaches en route, some that are only accessible on foot. It’s a great way to travel to the beach avoiding the traffic (particularly in July & August) but the stunning views from the train make the journey itself a worthwhile activity.

Calvi Beach Railway

Notre Dame de la Serra

For music lovers with plenty of energy, walk up to Notre Dame de la Serra to listen to the violinist playing in the chapel. Built in the 1860s on the site of a 15th century church, it is situated on a windswept hill near the Pointe de la Revellata. At 216m above Calvi, you will also be rewarded with fabulous views across the bay below.

Boat trip

Take a boat or catamaran trip from Calvi harbour to nearby creeks and scenic bays and discover the natural beauty of Corsica from the sea. There are trips from the Quai Landry to the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where red granite cliffs plunge into the transparent sea.

The French Foreign Legion

Just outside Calvi, close to the airport, is Camp Raffali, the French Foreign Legion base. The Legion is shrouded in secrecy and attracts fascination across the world but it is trying to become more open and now opens its doors twice annually in April and September; at any time of year you are likely to come across troops as you wander the streets of the Citadel. Since it was founded in 1831, soldiers have been entitled to anonymity and French citizenship, attracting tales of unsavoury characters which locals may be willing to share over a beer or two. 

Balagne Villages

Take a coach trip for half a day around the old Balagne villages, or take a full day to travel a little further afield. Perched high above the sea, the fortress villages of the Haute-Balagne offer dramatic mountains landscapes and spectacular views over the coastline. Stop en route to sample the local produce or visit one of the workshops along the craft trail "Strada di l'Artigiani".  

Corbara

Galéria & the Fango valley

Take a trip to Galéria, the next village down the coast from Calvi in the direction of Porto and discover a small fishing village with a large pebble beach, beautiful scenery and crystal clear sea. Just behind the village starts the Fango river valley, which offers the perfect spot for a picnic and rock pool swimming.

 

Accommodation in Calvi

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

 

Apartment

Le Home

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£299

Apartment

A Merula

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£399

Villa

Casarella Cesarina

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£549

Villa

Casetta Cassaninca

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£499

Villa

Cala di Mare

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£646

Apartment

Apartment Cantu di l'Alba

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£620

Apartment

Apartment de la Serra

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£524

Apartment

Apartment l'Evêque

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£749

Apartment

Apartment St Philippe

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£737

Apartment

Apartment Yohann

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£732

Hotel

Hostellerie de l'Abbaye

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£849

Hotel

Hôtel La Signoria

Calvi & la Balagne

Price from / Per Person

£1,212