Welcome to La Balagne
This striking region blends history, culture and beach, with a healthy dash of Mediterranean glam to seal the deal. Whether you’re looking for la dolce vita or la vida loca, you should be able to find it in Calvi or Île Rousse. But try, if you can spare the time, to venture inland, for a day trip at least. Hidden among the valleys and spurs of La Balagne's spectacular hinterland, even on the hillsides lining the coast, you'll come across cute-as-can-be villages, Romanesque chapels, olive groves and lush vineyards. A signposted route, the Strada di l’Artigiani (www.routedesartisans.fr), spotlights craftspeople and producers who welcome visitors, ranging from potters and woodcarvers to beekeepers and biscuit-makers.