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Calvi, Corsica's Gem of a Resort

A long beautiful sandy beach centered around an enchanting medieval old town, mouthwatering restaurants and throw in the potential for a scenic train ride, if that sounds like a recipe for an idyllic holiday, then look no further than the charming resort of Calvi situated on the north west coast of Corsica.

Calvi Corsica At Night

Calvi is an elegant resort dominated by its magnificent 15th century Genoese citadel. A walk around the narrow cobbled alleys of the citadel is one of Calvi”s highlights. Amongst the many old buildings are the cathedral and the residence of the Genoese Governors. However, the most stunning aspect of the citadel are the views afforded from its ramparts of the town of Calvi, which lies in the shadow of the citadel. The picturesque quayside and luxury marina sit at the end of a 3 mile long crescent of golden sand which spreads around the bay, a dramatic mountainous backdrop completes a vista not to be missed.

Calvi Harbour, Corsica

The beach has all of the usual facilities.  Sunbeds and umbrellas can be hired and there are a number of outlets offering refreshments ranging from simple snacks to a more substantial lunch. The gently shelving sands are ideal for safe bathing. Between the beach and the main road a narrow stretch of pine woods provide a pleasant area of shade and a popular place for a lunchtime picnic. The rail line between Calvi and L’Ile Rousse also runs along the the back of the beach. This is a gem of a train ride of around 45 minutes. It follows a scenic coastal route passing through the pretty village of Algajola before arriving in the pleasant seaside town L’Ile Rousse.

In the evening Calvi”s quayside and marina comes alive with smart bars and restaurants vying for custom. The quayside and the area around Boulevard Wilson and Rue Clemencau provide a wide selection of bars, restaurants as well as a selection shops offering local products. Corsican cuisine is extensive.  Being an island, fish dishes are very popular and the daily catch provides the main ingredients for many a mouthwatering dinner. Meat dishes include Corsican specialities such as roast kid, wild boar and rabbit. Many menus will include Brocciu, a popular Corsican mild white cheese. Corsica also produces a range of good white and red wines that are well worth sampling.

Calvi Corsica

Further afield from Calvi there are plenty of options for further exploration. The Balagne region around Calvi offers superb scenery and beautiful old villages, two of the best known are Calenzana and Saint Antonio and they are well worth visiting.

Corsica’s capital Ajaccio makes a good day trip from Calvi, the route through Corsica”s mountainous interior yields spectacular scenery and an opportunity to stop off at Corte, the old capital of Corsica. Corte is situated on top of a hill. Take time to walk around its medieval centre and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

For spectacular coastal vistas, the Calanches of Porto and Piana will not disappoint. Rising up from a deep blue sea to a height of around 1000 metres, the granite pillars have been shaped by coastal erosion, the result is some of the most beautiful scenery in the Mediterranean.

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