Why choose a cruise to Calvi?
As you arrive into Calvi’s port, you can’t help but be delighted by sight of the sparkling marina, backdropped by a lofty medieval citadel and pine-clad mountains. This charming coastal town has long been a tourist hotspot, and it’s easy to understand why with its picturesque waterfront, historic architecture and chic brasseries.
A Calvi cruise offers the chance to explore Corsica’s sun-kissed coastline and unspoilt countryside, where days can be spent relaxing on sandy beaches, hiking through lush forests and visiting quaint fishing villages.
A guide to Calvi’s hotspots
As soon as you step foot off the boat in Calvi port, the majestic citadel will immediately draw your eye. To visit this 15th-century wonder, you’ll need to climb the winding, cobbled streets, passing the St Jean-Baptiste Cathedral and the Oratoire St Antoine along the way. Once you’re at the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views across the bay.
Another of Calvi’s main attractions is its wonderful sandy beach that hugs the bay. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll along the shore or topping up your tan on one of the sun loungers, this spacious stretch of sand is the perfect place to unwind. You can also rent kayaks or have a go at sailing or windsurfing.
Nature lovers can hop on board a boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Scandola – a marine and nature reserve known for its crimson-coloured cliffs. Here, you can visit the scenic village of Girolata, and stop off for a bite to eat at one of the many sea-facing cafés. If you’re lucky, you might spot dolphins and seals frolicking in the water.
If you want to explore the island further, take the rickety old train from Calvi along the coast to Algajola, a pretty fishing village with a sandy beach and citadel. Stay on board for just another 20 minutes and you’ll arrive at the scenic resort town of L’Ile Rousse, known for its picture-perfect beach and clear sea.
Cruise lines that sail to Calvi
The best time to visit Calvi
Calvi enjoys pleasant, warm weather and many hours of sunshine during the summer. In August, temperatures can reach 28°C, so remember to pack your suncream and swimwear. In the summer months, the town comes alive with various festivals and music events, including Calvi on the Rocks in July and the Polyphonic Singing Festival in late summer.
There’s still much to enjoy about Calvi in the spring and autumn, and temperatures remain in the 20s. As well as lower prices, the beaches, attractions and restaurants are less crowded. September and May are ideal for hiking and cycling along the coast.
Did you know?
- According the legend, Calvi was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus
- Admiral Nelson – the famous navy officer – lost his right eye bombarding Calvi’s citadel in 1794
- Typical Corsican cuisine includes wild boar, seafood, cheese and wine
- Corsica has more than 200 beaches
- The island is sparsely populated compared to mainland France, with around 330,000 inhabitants