Set on a crescent-shaped bay, Calvi is one of the most beautiful coastal towns in France. The town has been luring sunseekers since the 1920s and is famous for its stunning white sand beach and ancient medieval citadel.
Things to do in Calvi
Cobbled streets and historic architecture give Calvi a storybook feel. In the town centre, many of the restored townhouses have been reimagined as trendy cafes, patisseries, wine bars and boutiques. Local landmarks include St-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral built in the Baroque style.
Stroll down to the Quai Landry promenade to admire the views and watch luxury yachts bobbing in the marina. The promenade is lined with upmarket bistros where you can enjoy freshly caught seafood and wild boar casserole, a Corsica specialty. Pair your meal with a glass of French wine.
Set atop a rocky headland, Calvi’s imposing citadel dates back to the 12th century. Wandering around the fortress, you can marvel at its soaring walls and towers. Climb up to the bastions for magnificent views over the coastline. The chapel of Notre-Dame de la Serra is perched on a nearby hillside and commands sweeping views over the city.
A short stroll from the town centre, Plage de Calvi beckons with sugar-white sand and crystalline water. The beach stretches for around 4.5 kilometres and is backed by mature pine trees. In summer, the beach is dotted with colourful beach umbrellas and deck chairs. Just head further down the beach to escape the crowds. Scenic hiking trails skirt the coastline and treat you to spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Getting around Calvi
Calvi is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The resort is located on the north-west tip of Corsica, a 2.5-hour drive from Ajaccio. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the island at your own pace. Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport is a 2.5-hour drive south.