Beautiful harbour and beach to visit
Cruise lines visiting Calvi include Thomson and Holland America.
Cruises to Calvi will involve your ship mooring in the bay as Calvi does not have a cruise terminal so you will be dropped off in the small harbour by tenders from your cruise ship.
The town is very small and easy to walk around with only short distances to cover in order to visit the shops, restaurants and main attractions.
Calvi excursions will normally take you away from Calvi itself on a scenic tour of the east coast of Corsica climbing in to the mountains to look back down on Calvi.
Calvi is a pleasant town to walk around and explore. The history of Calvi is as a fishing port and Genoese stronghold, and the citadel, set on top of a rocky outcrop, which has guarded the harbour since the 13th century, provides good views over the town.
You enter the citadel via a drawbridge, following the cobbled street around the outer edge of the outcrop for tremendous views out across the bay – normally a good spot to take a photo of your cruise ship lying at anchor.
You can visit the 13th century Cathedral St John Baptiste which sits in the main square. Don’t forget to find the former home of Calvi’s most famous resident, Christopher Columbus.
You may spot a member of the Foreign Legion around the citadel as the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment are based just outside Calvi.
Please note that the walk up to the Citadel involves a lot of steps and is not suitable for wheelchair users as the ground is cobbled and uneven.
The shops are a must to walk around with a range of luxury boutiques and restaurants available on the main street and overlooking the harbour.
The closest beach is a short 10 minute walk away and can be seen from the tender drop off point.
The beach is long and has facilities with a small selection of bars and restaurants and sun beds to rent.
It’s an ideal place to spend a few hours relaxing, walking, paddling or swimming and although it gets busy it is big enough to not seem overly crowded.
If you want a great, more secluded alternative to the town beach that gives an idea of the wilder coastline to be explored on the west coast of Corsica, then head three kilometres west of Calvi to Pointe de la Revellata, a headland with a sandy beach and tiny coves which can only be reached on foot or bike.