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, decorated in cheery yellow and green, and hung with watercolours painted by septuagenarian artist-owner Monique Luciani. Tuck into home-cooked …
Top Choice Historic Site in Calvi


Crowning a lofty promontory, Calvi’s massive fortified citadel offers superb wraparound views from its five bastions. Built by the town’s Genoese governors, it has fended off everyone from Franco-Turkish raiders to …
Top Choice Bar in Calvi

Chez Tao

You won’t find cooler than this (or more amazing sea views with cocktail in hand). Up high within the citadel, this super-smooth piano bar is an institution. Find it in a lavishly decorated vaulted room, founded in …
Beach in Calvi

Plage de Calvi

Calvi’s stellar 4km-long sandy beach has some of the best views of Calvi’s citadel. It begins at the marina and runs east around the Golfe de Calvi. Rent kayaks and windsurfing sailboards on the sand, and hook up wi…
Corsican in Calvi

A Candella

One of a handful of addresses at which to eat within the citadel, A Candella stands out for its romantic, golden-hued terrace of stone strung with pretty flowers in pots and olive trees. The food is Corsican hearty,…
Mediterranean in Calvi

Mar A Beach

Tucked into a pretty cove 3km west of Calvi, this Robinson Crusoe–style beach hut in a turquoise-water creek makes a dreamy spot for lunch. It's a 20-minute walk downhill from the turn-off for Pointe de la Ravelleta…
Corsican in Calvi

U Fornu

Tucked down a quiet cul-de-sac off the main thoroughfare, this cool culinary outpost in a stately restored house specialises in creative, elegant takes on classic French and Corsican fare, from roast lamb to beef ta…
Bistro in Calvi

Le Tire-Bouchon

This buzzy option, as much wine bar as restaurant, is a gourmand’s playground. Perch yourself on the balcony overlooking the crowds milling on rue Clémenceau, then order from the dishes of the day, posted on a chalk…
Deli in Calvi

Annie Traiteur

This beautifully stocked deli is the perfect place to get provisioned for a picnic lunch by the pier. The dazzling range of Corsican charcuterie, cheeses, prepared deli foods, jams, wines, liqueurs, olive oils and c…
Religious in Calvi

La Semaine Sainte

Easter celebrations culminate in street processions on Good Friday and Easter Monday.