The landmark and the proud of Calvi.
The Citadel was built by the Genoese from the thirteenth century and many times extended and consolidated until the seventeenth century. The city motto "Civitas Calvi Semper Fidelis" remember the historic loyalty of Calvi in Genoa.
Do not be surprise to see the Christoph Colomb house as the locals claim its birth place but this fact is uncertain and many other cities assume to be the right one... but who cares as all travellers are citizens of the world ;-)
Calvi is a perfect destination for a day visit. It is easily to walk around on foot, everything is close.
Its name comes from the Latin "calvus" meaning bald, referring to the bare rock on which was built the Citadel. The marina with its cafés and restaurants, yachts and fishing boat located in the busy/business lower city offer an significant contrast with the quiet streets of the old Citadel.
The must see:
- the Citadel to enjoy great views on the Gulf of Calvi and to learn more about its history .
- the marina is pleasant to enjoy local food or an oversized icecream.
- the busy lower city streets full of restaurants and $hop$.
Corsica has not only a great diving spots but also great hiking options.
The alpine region is quite impressive with the highest local peak Monte Cinto at 2'706 meters above sea level.
The famous GR20 is a mountain trek of about 180 kilometers, one of the most difficult of Europe.
It is recommended to do it in a minimum of 2 weeks (16 stages) but if you are fit enough try to beat the challenging record of 32 hours... To feel a little bit the GR20 I did the beginning of hike from Calenzana to the Paso de Muravella... the easy part of course ;-)
I did also a little trek the Ostriconi beach to the Punta Liathogiu with great views on the Desert des Agriates and the coastline.
If you are staying in the Club Med, you could choose every day a trek according to your fit level (transport, lunch and knowledgeable local guide are all inclusive).
Diving is a great way to relax to the max in flying over an amazing universe looking for a surprising meeting with the local fauna.
My Corsica divings were cool in both meaning with a little 16°c as water temperature but also nice underwater beauties as moray, octopous, sea spider, grouper, dentex, star fish, sea cicida, lionfish,... and the famous precious coral.
The ride with the inflatable boat is already an adventure for itself with great views on the coastline and some funny jumps on the bumpy sea ;-)
My best local diving experience were La Revellata and B17 wreck close to the Calvi Citadel (see my travelogue for more photos/comments).
So Dive now... work later !
The Citadel of Calvi is a place you can enjoy the sea-view from different angles. You can have a harbor view, a view of the Calvi Bay with mountains, a wide sea-view which takes you as far as the horizon.
Take the train from Calvi station along the coast to Ile Rousse. You could stop off on the way if you like at a fabulous little beach called St Restitude where you have to clamber down the side of a hill to reach - but it's worth it!
Make sure you get your timings right on the return journey though - we sat at Ile Rousse station for what seemed like an eternity in the sweltering summer sun, having just missed a train!
The Citadelle of Calvi is one of its main attractions and definitely a 'must see'. Built at the end of the 15th century it dominates the town. Wander around its narrow streets and hunt out the supposed birthplace of Christopher Colombus. The foreign legion also have a base here.
The Island of Corsica is quite large and I'd recommend to hire a car and explore some of it. We were only there for a week, and there's lots more I'd like to see.
You'll see some amazing views and places and the best thing is it's all at your own pace.
The roads are relatively good if not a little thin in the mountians where they wind round the valleys and you pray every second not to meet a bus.
Who needs a rollercoaster for a white knuckle experience?!