Calvi, France

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Inseparable from its imposing Genoese citadel dominating the sea, Calvi is the capital of the Balagne region. The town has a number of must-see sights, including:

  • The fortifications of the citadel and the interior of the surrounding wall, with its old houses and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste cathedral, built in the 13th century ;
  • The marina situated below is a place full of life with its numerous restaurants and cafés lining the quaysides;
  • The Sainte-Marie-Majeure church of Baroque style and in shades of pink ;
  • A beautiful 6 kilometres long fine sandy beach to relax on after visiting the old town.

A renowned music festival, “Rencontres Polyphoniques” is organised every year in September. This major event takes place in the citadel and brings together polyphonic (vocal harmony) groups from all over the world.

Capital of Balagne, located northwest of the island of beauty, below Cape, Calvi snuggled against his stronghold built by the Genoese, who ruled Corsica from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. The picturesque alleys lead to the pretty marina. All around, a cultural heritage (St. John the Baptist Cathedral of the thirteenth, the baroque church of Santa Maria Maggiore...) and dream landscapes (sandy beaches, hillsides of orchards and vineyards, colorful vegetation...). And to think that off took place bitter sea battles. The famous Admiral Nelson lost such a look during the siege of Calvi in 1794... Before beating the Napoleonic fleet at Trafalgar (Spain) eleven years later!

Things to see and do

Do not miss the Chapel of Our Lady of Serra overlooking the bay of Calvi and panoramic views breathtaking!

Do not miss the boat ride to the must Scandola Nature Reserve, protected site world heritage of UNESCO and to which access is only possible by boat. possible starting Calvi featured acquavision in maxi-catamaran or semi-rigid.

Places of interest

Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities

Calvi Jazz Festival: mid-June.

Meeting of Contemporary Art Calvi: from early June to late August.

Calvi on the Rocks, prized the trendy youth: early July.

Sound and Light: August 15.

Polyphonic Chants Encounters: mid-September.

Festiventu, festival oriented wind around ecology and all the activities and innovations related to the wind and the sea: the end of October.