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
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.
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.