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Beach fun in Corsica’s Calvi

With white sandy beaches lapped by clear waters and a warm Mediterranean climate, Calvi holidays are an inviting prospect on the island of Corsica. Located on the island’s northwestern tip, Calvi is a city rich in culture. During your stay, you can take a trip up to the citadel, perched on a rocky headland, for exceptional views, visit the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste and walk along the popular Quai Landry (the wharf bordering the marina).

Holidays to Calvi are great for those wanting to sunbathe and swim, as there’s a gorgeous 6-kilometre-long beach. There are also plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars where you can enjoy Corsican cuisine and wine. Nearby you’ll find historic towns to explore, such as L’Ile Rousse or Algajola, and boat trips to local landmarks. Whether it’s a lazy beach break or a culture-packed trip you’re looking for, holidays to Calvi will please couples and families alike.

Your Calvi questions, answered

Calvi’s 6-kilometre-long beach has white sand and clear waters. If you have a car, you can get to nearby Bodri beach and others near Lumio village easily, too.
Certainly. Calvi’s warm water and coastal location mean it’s a great place to try jet-skiing, diving and snorkelling – or horse riding, if you prefer being on land.
Calvi has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, so it’s mild all year round and the summers are hot and dry. The most popular months for Calvi holidays are June to September. These can be lively months, with Bastille Day, festivals such as Calvi On the Rocks, which brings nightly live music, and open-air concerts. Outside of these months, you can often enjoy cheaper breaks and still find plenty to do. April, May and October also have warm weather and you can visit the attractions without big queues.
If you’re looking for beach holidays in Calvi, you are spoilt for choice. On your doorstep, you’ve got Calvi’s main beach, which can be busy during the summer. But. at six kilometres long, there’s plenty of sand to go around. It has shallow seas, perfect for swimming or activities such as scuba diving. You can also take a bus to nearby beaches, including smaller, quieter spots. With a car, you can go off the beaten track and discover dozens of unspoilt beaches.
Generally speaking, Corsica has a warm Mediterranean climate, with average highs in the 20s from May through to October, and pleasantly warm temperatures all year round.
Calvi has much to offer visitors. If you’re planning to stay in the north of the island, it’s worth considering either staying here or at least making a day trip. Calvi has become the unofficial cultural capital of Corsica. The summer months are packed with lively festivals and events. It’s a compact town, so you don’t need a car to explore, and there’s a long beach just a short walk from the centre. Calvi is full of historic sites, traditional Corsican restaurants, and boutique shops. There’s something for everyone.
One of Calvi’s most iconic sites is the 13th-century citadel, which sits on a rocky headland overlooking the sea. It’s also famous for its long sandy beach, which is close to the centre of town and very popular during the summer. The marina is at the heart of the town and is where many people arrive from mainland Italy and France. Calvi is also becoming a popular destination for culture, thanks to some new music festivals around the town, and it’s often considered the cultural centre of the island.
Calvi has a lively nightlife, especially during the summer, when festivals bring live music on outdoor stages throughout the town. You should head to the marina area in the evenings where there are restaurants with terraces overlooking the sea. You can enjoy a drink while watching the sunset. Along the beachfront, there are bars and beach clubs, where you can sip a drink or dance on the sand. In peak season, they stay open until the small hours. This means there are both lively and relaxed nightlife options around Calvi.
There’s plenty for younger visitors to enjoy in Calvi. Corsica is a very welcoming, family-friendly island in general, so it’s easy to find hotels and restaurants suitable for kids. Calvi’s beaches are good for children, as the sea is shallow for quite a long way out, with a gentle slope, so there are plenty of areas where it’s safe to swim. They’ll also like exploring historic sites or taking a boat ride to see more of the island.

Best things to do in Calvi

Hear polyphonic singing

Concerts of ‘Chants polyphoniques’ (Corsican polyphonic singing) are held at the citadel’s Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste weekly. Be sure to experience one of these beautiful concerts during your stay.

Ride the train

The coastal train route running between Calvi and the historic town of L’Ile-Rousse is a good way to access various beaches, with excellent views along the way.

Take a boat trip

A great way to see Corsica is by boat. Numerous companies operate services from the harbour, with excursions to the likes of the remote town of Girolata, and the Scandola Nature Reserve.