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.

Hotel Revellata
Hotel Revellata
3 out of 5
Avenue Napoleon, Calvi, Haute-corse
The price is Rs5,917 per night from 11 Oct to 11 Oct
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ste-Marie-Majeure Church and Citadelle de Calvi. Calvi Harbor and Calvi Beach are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (245 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel in Calvi. Very clean, nice amenities (great pool!), great location, friendly staff. Easy 10 minute walk into the center of Calvi. Secure, off-street parking. Would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019

Hotel Revellata
La Signoria
La Signoria
5 out of 5
The price is Rs26,625 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Calvi Beach, La Pinède and Calvi Harbor. Saint-Restitude and Citadelle de Calvi are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
NELSON
"Excellent hotel , great location , good service ,restaurant good quality food . We enjoyed our stay and the staff were most helpful"

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2019

La Signoria
Calvi Hôtel
Calvi Hôtel
3 out of 5
The price is Rs7,783 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calvi Beach and La Pinède. Calvi Harbor and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (92 reviews)
"Newly renovated good size rooms. Back entrance leading to beach"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2019

Calvi Hôtel
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.
Residence Les Castors
Residence Les Castors
2 out of 5
The price is Rs4,142 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Located in the heart of Calvi, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Calvi Beach and Calvi Harbor. La Pinède and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)
Top
"Chambre agréable, piscine chauffée, possibilité de stationner à proximité de la chambre dans le camping"

Reviewed on 28 May 2021

Residence Les Castors
Camping La Pinède
Camping La Pinède
4 out of 5
Route de la Pinède, Calvi
The price is Rs5,030 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Offering direct access to the beach, this Calvi campsite is within a 5-minute walk of Calvi Beach and La Pinède. Calvi Harbor and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (23 reviews)
DELIGHTFUL LOCATION
"We thorougly enjoyed our stay, the staff were friendly and the facilities were super. We were very early in the season so many preparations and improvements were taking place, so we feel it would have been even better a little later into the month. We particularly enjoyed our meals in the restaurant. ..."

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2016

Camping La Pinède
Résidence Thalassa
Résidence Thalassa
Route de la Pinède, Calvi
The price is Rs4,649 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Calvi Beach and La Pinède. Calvi Harbor and Ste-Marie-Majeure Church are also within 2 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
"la posizione delle unità abittive in mezzo al verde e la vicinanza alla splendida spiaggia di Calvi rggiungibile in 5 minuti a piedi attraversando la bella pineta. Ottima la presenza della bella piscina in alternativa al mare. I proprietari sono molto gentili e disponibili."

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2021

Résidence Thalassa
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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