La Citadelle de Calvi was constructed during the 13th century when the town was under Genoese occupation. The fortified citadel protected Calvi from invasions and raids. Stroll along its paved alleys and enjoy the superb views from its five bastions. Discover the Cathedrale St. Jean Baptiste which houses the ebony Christ des Miracles believed to have saved Calvi from a Saracen occupation in 1533. Another place that’s highly recommended is L'Île-Rousse, adjacent to Calvi, dotted with gorgeous beaches and an outstanding square lined with Corsican pine. Walk, climb the lighthouse and absorb the spectacular views. Treat yourself to gastronomical products and fresh produce at the 21-Column Covered Market. Don’t forget the Reserve Naturelle de Scandola, accessible only by glass-bottomed boats. Take in the beautiful sights of mottled volcanic pink rocks and wildlife such as seals and dolphins.
Calvi is all about gorgeous deserted beaches that you can have to yourself during off season such as spring and autumn. The 4.5km stretch of sand is the perfect place for sun worshippers and water lovers. When you rent a car in Calvi, it is hassle-free to discover secluded beaches and coves, visit the Golfe de Calvi and the marina. It also is convenient to head to diving spots if you plan to go snorkelling in Corse or Calvi. If you have enough of the sun and the sea, visit historic sites in the area. The Notre Dame de la Serra is a mountaintop chapel offering magnificent views of the city and the beautiful ocean. It is reachable by a car hire in Calvi, but if you’re up to walking, you can also reach the place this way. The Revellata is not only famous for its lighthouse on the peninsula tip, it also has hiking trails in the wilderness. For boat and yacht lovers, admire these beautiful beasts at the Marine de Sant Ambroggio. If you’re craving for an adventure, go on a trip to the Grotte des Veaux Marines which is a picturesque sea cave. It was once the home of monk seals and today it attracts visitors and divers.
Calvi is on the north west coast of Corsica facing the coast of Cote d’Azur and sits at an elevation of 20 metres. Around the area are stunning mountain peaks that form a fabulous background. It enjoys a mild climate making it a year-round travel destination. Wild boar is the most celebrated dish in Calvi, and it may be served with pasta or polenta. Sample Civet de Sanglier which is a hearty casserole. It is mixed with olives, fennel, chestnuts, and eau de vie. Veau aux Olives is a slow-cooked stew made with tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Seafood and fish also feature prominently on menus, and you’ll find a good selection of dishes based on these ingredients. Brousse is a delicious cow’s cheese while charcuterie or cured meats are very popular in Calvi, Corsica.
If you’re taking the plane, your flight to Calvi will touch down at Calvi Airport. It is also possible to take the ferry from mainland France (Nice and Savona) to reach the town or from Sardinia to Calvi. The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years and drivers below 25 years require a young driver's insurance. Residents drive on the right and overtake from the left lane. It is forbidden to use a mobile phone when driving or even when the light is red. Drinking and driving attract penalties and a temporary driving ban. The BAC limit is 0,05%. The maximum speed limit on Corsican roads is 90km/h but due to the winding roads, lower speeds are advisable.