Top things to do

Top Choice Corsican in Calvi

U Casanu

For an unforgettable lunch, grab a booth at this cosy hole-in-the-wall, cheerily decorated in yellow and green, and hung with watercolours by septuagenarian artist-owner Monique Luciani. Tuck into home-cooked fish c…
Top Choice Historic Site in Calvi


Crowning a rocky headland, Calvi’s massive citadel was fortified by Corsica’s Genoese rulers from the 12th century onwards, and has fended off everyone from Franco-Turkish raiders to Anglo-Corsican besiegers. While …
Top Choice Bar in Calvi

Chez Tao

Eight decades on, hedonistic hipsters still flock to this super-smooth piano bar, a Calvi institution founded high in the citadel by White Russian émigré Tao Kanbey de Kerekoff in 1935. Enjoy a cocktail in the lavis…
Corsican in Calvi

A Candella

Of the few eating options within the citadel, A Candella stands out for the stupendous views from its romantic, golden-hued stone terrace, strewn with pretty flowers in pots and olive trees. The food tends to be Cor…
Mediterranean in Calvi

Mar A Beach

Tucked into a pretty, turquoise-water cove 3km west of Calvi, this Robinson Crusoe–style beach hut makes a dreamy spot for lunching on grilled fish or meat; book ahead. It's a 20-minute walk downhill from the turn-o…
Beach in Calvi

Plage de Calvi

Sun worshippers don't have far to stroll. Backed by a grove of pine trees, Calvi’s stellar white-sand beach curves eastwards for 4.5km around the Golfe de Calvi from the marina.
Italian in Calvi

La Voglia Di

This friendly little old-town restaurant, just up from the port, has a handful of outdoor tables set below the sharpest angle in the citadel walls. The largely Italian cuisine includes all sorts of tasty meat- and s…
Bistro in Calvi

Le Tire-Bouchon

As much wine bar as restaurant, with a balcony overlooking the milling crowds on rue Clemenceau, the buzzy ‘Corkscrew’ offers the chance to indulge your every appetite. Along with luscious local tipples, it offers c…
Deli in Calvi

Annie Traiteur

With its dazzling array of Corsican charcuterie, cheeses, prepared deli foods, jams, wines, liqueurs, olive oils and chestnut-flour cakes, this beautifully stocked deli is the perfect place to pick up a picnic.
Music in Calvi

Rencontres Polyphoniques

Catch traditional Corsican chants at September’s five-day music festival, staged in various locations within the citadel.