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Haute ville, 20260 Calvi, France
Local legend claims that Christopher Columbus was born inside Calvi’s citadel. Encircled by five bastions built on the granite foundation, and with the fine 13th-century Cathedral of St.-Jean Baptiste at its highest point, the citadel and its...
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L'Île-Rousse, France
For our first visit to Corsica, friends encouraged us to start in the south- the Michelin-starred stronghold of the island and beachy birthplace of Napoleon. But crisp turquoise water and a mountainous landscape awaited to the north. We began in...
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Known as Corsica’s garden for its fig and olive orchards (the Romans called it the land of wheat and oil), the rugged Balagne region outside Calvi is filled with ancient communes called pièves, perched on hilltops and looking like they are right...
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Nicknamed "the beautiful island" for good reason, Corsica is home to the 60,000-acre, UNESCO-designated Site Naturel de la Vallée du Fango, created in 1977 in the rugged interior just outside of Calvi, and whose terrain rises rapidly from sea...
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Clos Landry, 20260 Calvi, France
Wine has been made in Corsica for 2,500 years, and vineyards in the Corse-Calvi appellation are among the island’s best, thanks to fertile lands and a microclimate created by its location between the sea and high mountains. Founded in 1900 at the...
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9 Rue Saint-Antoine, 20260 Calvi, France
An alfresco lunch relaxing under umbrellas on the terrace at A Candella will have you enjoying magnificent views of the sea and port from inside the citadel. The walk up the hill is more than worth it for the popular grilled steak and pork dishes....
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Chemin Notre Dame de la Serra, 20260 Calvi, France
A short drive up the hill behind Calvi is popular for the sea and city views alone. An added bonus is that the route also takes you to the Michelin-starred restaurant La Table in the designer Hôtel La Villa. Refined seafood dishes, fine desserts...
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5 rue Clemenceau, 20260 Calvi, France
For more than two decades, the food boutique Annie Traiteur near the harbor has been an obligatory stop for locals and visitors alike who know where to select the finest olives, nuts and ham and other cured meats that hang from the ceiling, as...
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Just outside of Calvi, a string of towns in the rugged Balagne region produces top artisans. In the villages along the Strada di l’Artigiani route, you can watch them create their exquisite handicrafts like blown glass, pottery, jewelry and...