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Destination Guide: Calvi

Chic boutiques, glitzy bars and restaurants and a picturesque beach
Luxury yachts and a backdrop of mountains give Calvi a touch of Côte d’Azur glamour on Corsica’s north-west coast. Stroll the pastel-painted Genoese streets of its citadel and kick back with a class of Corsican wine along the vibrant quayside café strip.

Food and Drink

Sea-fresh fish and seafood and top-class charcuterie. Dine on fresh fish and lobster in glossy fish restaurants lining Calvi’s marina and along Quai Landry, or hunt down inexpensive Corsican restaurants in the maze-like backstreets of Calvi’s Basse Ville. The charcuterie from Corsican free-range pigs fed on chestnuts and acorns is not to be missed. Sample Corsican AOC wines – try zingy white vermentino and fruity rosés.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Frescoes and sea-faring history by the beach. Explore the cobbled passages of the citadel and bask in spectacular Calvi views across the bay. Then admire the impressive 15th- and 16th-century frescoes in the Oratoire de la Confrérie St-Antoine. The Maison Colomb, the birthplace of Columbus, is worth visiting before relaxing on the beach.

Shopping

Chic boutiques, edible gifts and original handicrafts. Pick up designer labels in classy one-off boutiques in the citadel and streets of Calvi’s Basse Ville. The market hall off Rue Clémenceau is a popular spot for buying local sausages and honey. Or pop into Chez Annie, a one-stop shop for Corsican specialities.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Warm evenings in chic bars and lively music festivals. Pull up a ringside seat and sip a Casanis, the local anis liqueur, while people-watching along Quai Landry, the quayside bar and café strip. Calvi is famous for its year-round festivals – Calvi Jazz in June, or concerts of soulful Corsican polyphonic singing during the September Rencontres Polyphoniques festival.