Ever since Phoenician and Roman times, life has moved as slowly as you always imagined in the seaside town of L'Île-Rousse, whose name “Red Island” comes from the local ocher rock islets. Made prosperous centuries ago from the wine and olive trade, today it’s reached from Calvi by a small, red train. Still a fishing village, its shady central square is surrounded by distinguished old houses, lively cafés and fine boutiques.
By John Oseid
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