Private yachts pop over to Calvi's grand sweep of a sandy bay from Nice and Cannes, adding a bit of French Riviera sparkle to this historic Corsican port. At one end of Calvi's five miles of sandy sweep is its 15th Century citadel, an incredibly picturesque welcome when you're approaching by ferry. Our selection of the best places to stay in Calvi feature a characterful B&B on the outskirts of town and a contemporary chic foodie haven.
Calvi's climate is slightly more Italy than France, and the cuisine is all Corsican, wonderfully aromatic, with many of the wild herb flavours sourced from the hills behind the town. In the lush countryside behind the town you'll find pretty villages, specialists at producing wine, cheese, olive oil and wild boar.
The citadel beckons visitors, but its steps and cobbles will make you really work for it. There's an art gallery and some shops and cafes about half way up to keep you going. But when you see the views from the top you'll be glad you made the effort!
If you're looking for an apartment rental some of the best places to stay in Calvi are within the citadel's complex - historic, impressive and comfortable!
Scandola Island, a UNESCO listed Marine Heritage Site nature just off the coast is also worth a visit. Several companies run trips out to the island, where you can see dolphins and seals, beautiful corals, an impressively large collection of seaweeds and lots of birds.
It's nice to get out on the water for the sake of it as well, though best to avoid the windiest times of day. You can go diving out on the island, or in a couple of other local spots, and this is a wonderful spot for coral-spotters.
If you prefer to stay above the water there are plenty of places to hire kayaks, jet skis, dinghies or even a catamaran.
Calvi has plenty of sand for all, but if you're here for the beaches and you fancy a change head round the headland to St. Restitude beach. This charming, secluded spot is a favourite of those who arrive by yacht, and has all the mod. cons. including an excellent little waterside restaurant.
Also just along the coast is Île Rousse, which you can catch a rickety old train to.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Calvi, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively take a look at our full list of recommendations in Corsica.
Gorgeous B&B with fantastic views, swimming pool, and beautiful gardens. Stone walls, marble floors, huge arched windows. A fantastic alternative to staying in a hotel. Full of character.
Contemporary chic hotel in the lovely village of Lumio. Close to the coastline and the hills. Offers fantastic spa and Micehlin star restaurant 'Oggi'. Spectacular views of the mountains to enhance a state of wellbeing. A gourmet spot in wonderful surroundings.
A gorgeous Five Star hotel in north Corsica. Large bedrooms feature minimalist furniture, balconies and lovely bathrooms. Five outdoor pools, tennis court, gym and spa. Excellent Corsican cuisine. Luxury, chic, and spacious.