6 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Visit Calvi France
May 6th, 2018, Posted by travelwith2ofus
The town of Calvi is perhaps one of Corsica’s most popular vacation spots. It is located on the northwest coast of the island of Corsica.
With its huge bay, five kilometers of beach, a backdrop of mountains that are snow-capped until May, and the walls of a citadel descending down to the sea, Calvi's setting is quite simply irresistible.
Many visitors to Calvi come to enjoy the beaches. The ideal spot to enjoy sea, sun and sand is along the southern coast of the bay, just outside the city center. If you are a thrill seeker, Algajola Beach offers more excitement such as snorkeling, diving, parasailing and paragliding.
These six activities should be on your list if you're visiting Calvi.
Visit And Explore The CitadelOne of the popular highlights of Calvi is its citadel. Getting to the top of the citadel via its winding and cobbled lanes is definitely a great way to enjoy the best views of the village.
The citadel, which looks over the yacht filled harbor is also a great places to have a meal, including some of the local treats, at one of the chic restaurants located there. You can definitely indulge freely because the walk up and down will help you burn off those extra calories. Prices at some of the restaurants are steep so plan accordingly.
The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking to say the least. The walk to the top may be a little challenging for some, and you are advised to bring water, a sun hat, sun block and a comfortable pair of walking shoes. If you follow these instructions you will definitely enjoy the view of the Bay of Calvi.
Visit The Notre Dame de la Serra
The original chapel was destroyed in 1740 and the new chapel was built in the early half of the 19th century. While the Notre Dame de la Serra is only open for religious services you can still make the trek and enjoy the amazing view of Calvi from its courtyard.
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Travel By Boat To Girolata And The Scandola Nature ReserveGirolata is one of the scenic locations worth checking out. Accessible only by boat and via a trek down a hillside, it may be the kind of adventure you will enjoy if you're the outgoing type. You will find a number of restaurants and accommodation is available if you decide to spend a couple of days there.
Make sure and look out for the red cliffs rising out of the sea located in the Scandola Nature Reserve. The reserve is located within the Corsica Regional Park, which was established in 1975. The reserve has been recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site and was placed on the World Heritage List in 1983.
Besides the scenery, you can also enjoy the wildlife and the crystal clear water of the sea.
Music FestivalsIf you are fan of music festivals, then you should check out some of the festivals held in Calvi. Two of the notable ones are Calvi On The Rocks, which is held in July and Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques, which is held in September.
Calvi On The Rocks is an electronic music festival featuring DJs belting out house, techno, disco and soul music. Get this, the event runs for six days and the golden sands of the beautiful Corsican coast is its stage. This is definitely a bucket list worthy summer event.
Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques features love, fight, passion and funeral songs performed by folk groups, which are accompanied strictly by musical instruments used by shepherds in the past. The event was first held in 1989.
Les Nuits de la Guitare is another music festival you should check out. It features some of the best guitar players from around the world.
Train Ride From Calvi to L’Ile RousseThe train ride from Calvi is one of the best ways to see the Balagne coastline and enjoy some of the beaches and secluded coves found on the way to L'Ile Rousse. The train stops at several locations including Plage de Calvi, Arinella, Lumio, Sant' Ambroggio, Algagola and Marine de Davia.
Once you have arrived in L'Ile Rousse you can enjoy the Central Square, restaurants cafés and ice cream parlors that give life to the village. If you're looking for an amazing view of the town then you should visit l'Ile de la Pietra Genoese tower and lighthouse.
It goes without saying. If you're in Calvi you must visit its beaches. Lifeguards patrol the main beach during summer and there are several restaurants and cafés nearby, some will serve you while you're on the beach enjoying the sun, sand and sea.
Two other beaches you should check out are Plage du Roncu, it is ideal for snorkeling and is located on the western side of the town. The other is Pointe de la Revellata, which is located to the west of Calvi. It takes about two hours to get to the beach if you're walking, but it is worth it because you will find breathtaking views across Calvi, stunning coves along the way and spectacular landscapes.
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