La Balagne attractions

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 …
Beach in Île Rousse

Promenade de la Marinella

This coastal promenade follows the seafront east from Île Rousse. The beach right by the town centre is actually very pleasant, with fine broad sand, but inevitably it can get very crowded in summer. More peaceful b…
Historic Site in Île Rousse

Old Town

Île Rousse’s delightful old town centres on tree-shaded place Paoli, with its daily food market, designed to resemble a Greek temple, alongside.
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.
Island in Île Rousse

Île de la Pietra

Low, rocky Île de la Pietra, the ‘russet island’ that gave Île Rousse its name, is a pleasant 15-minute stroll from the centre, across a short causeway. Apart from the ferry terminal and a solitary hotel, it’s uninh…
Gardens in Île Rousse

Parc de Saleccia

Visitors to these landscaped gardens, 4km east towards Bastia, can admire the flora of Corsica – the tough plants of the maquis, pines, myrtles and fig trees as well as over 100 kinds of olive trees.