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Calvi
Travel Guide

Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra which includes a marina and a coastal town

Explore an ancient citadel, enjoy lazy days on the beach and embark on diving expeditions at this picturesque town in northwest Corsica. 

Calvi is Corsica’s largest coastal town, a delightful place with a beautiful beach and a 13th-century citadel once captured by Horatio Nelson. Here you can walk among ancient buildings, sunbathe and dive down for wrecks on the sea floor.

Calvi has always been a desirable location, but in centuries gone by its popularity was more to do with its strategic location. The huge Citadel is testament to this. This defensive stronghold is positioned on a promontory high above the town, and was constructed in 1268 to help fight off invaders. The most famous of these invaders was Nelson, and it was during an attack on Calvi that the British admiral lost sight in one eye.

Be sure to explore inside the citadel’s ancient walls. You will find tightly packed houses connected by cobbled streets and passageways. One of the highlights is the 13th-century Cathedrale St.-Jean-Baptiste. Besides the stunning architecture, the cathedral features a revered crucifix known as the Christ des Miracles. According to local legend, advancing Turks fled when this was wielded at them during a siege in 1553.

Take a stroll around the citadel’s bastions to enjoy panoramic views of the town and coastline, then head back down the hill to the Marina. Stop in a waterside café or restaurant for a seafood dish, while watching yachts come and go.

Beside the harbor is Calvi Beach. Relax on the sand and rent kayaks and windsurfing boards. Calvi’s Mediterranean climate means you can be warm on the beach from March through October. If you are feeling adventurous, go on a diving expedition. A number of local businesses organize lessons and trips for beginners and experienced divers.

Arrive by plane or by ferry from several locations on the French mainland. The town’s narrow streets and slightly disjointed shape don’t lend themselves well to public transport and there is no bus system. Luckily, Calvi is easily walkable.

In addition to making the most of the town’s historical and natural charms, enjoy an outing on the small train that runs along the coast to Ile Rousse.

Résidence Thalassa
Résidence Thalassa
Route de la Pinède, Calvi
The price is Rs7,410 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Pinède and Calvi Beach. Calvi Harbor and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also within 2 miles ...
4/5Very Good! (33 reviews)
Excellent séjour
"Très bon accueil, de belles prestations et un cadre magnifique! Excellent séjour en famille, nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Résidence Thalassa
Calvi Hôtel
Calvi Hôtel
3 out of 5
The price is Rs9,525 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Offering direct access to the beach, this Calvi hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Pinède and Calvi Beach. Calvi Harbor and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)
"Newly renovated good size rooms. Back entrance leading to beach"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2019

Calvi Hôtel
Hotel le Rocher
Hotel le Rocher
3 out of 5
2 Boulevard Wilson, Calvi, Haute-Corse
The price is Rs7,771 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in the heart of Calvi, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ste-Marie-Majeure Church and Calvi Beach. Citadelle de Calvi and Calvi Cathedral are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (59 reviews)
short visit.
"Only stayed overnight whilst travelling through , however have plans to return and will most likely use this hotel if available."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019

Hotel le Rocher
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Résidence Thalassa
Résidence Thalassa
Route de la Pinède, Calvi
The price is Rs7,410 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Pinède and Calvi Beach. Calvi Harbor and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also within 2 miles ...
4/5Very Good! (33 reviews)
Excellent séjour
"Très bon accueil, de belles prestations et un cadre magnifique! Excellent séjour en famille, nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir."

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Résidence Thalassa
Residence Les Castors
Residence Les Castors
2 out of 5
The price is Rs4,882 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in the heart of Calvi, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Calvi Harbor and Calvi Beach. La Pinède and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also within 1 ...
4/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
très bien
"Super séjour au camping Les Castors pour passer une semaine en amoureux à Calvi. Localisation du camping toute proche de la plage à moins de 500 mètres, parking gratuit, studio bien équipé, canapé-lit confortable. Seul bémol à améliorer : la connexion wifi."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

Residence Les Castors
Residence Villa Branda
Residence Villa Branda
235 Chemin de Saint-Antoine, Calvi, Corsica
The price is Rs7,934 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Situated in Calvi, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Calvi Harbor and Calvi Beach. La Pinède and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also within 2 miles (3 km). ...
4.4/5Excellent! (10 reviews)
Comfortable premise, erratic wifi
"We are a group of 8 so booked 3 units. Comfortable and new premises with washers and courtyard. We enjoyed our courtyard breakfast. It is challenging though to share 1 hairdryer and 1 kettle among 3 units. Wifi is a bit erratic need to reset in the router in the middle unit. Check-in only after 4 ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2019

Residence Villa Branda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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