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The ochre rocks and white sands of the Northern Corsican coast are truly a sight to behold. Corsica is an island known for its rock formations and soft sand beaches, but the Northern coast stands out with its wild landscapes. Calvi is the fifth largest city on the island and attracts many tourists during the summer. You will find that Calvi has kept all the charms of a traditional Mediterranean city, especially in the old Citadel neighborhood, while providing tourists with a wide selection of activities and quality accommodations. Besides enjoying the old fortifications of the city, the beach and the many activities available in Calvi, the port and the railway station make it easy for you to visit other parts of Corsica.
What's Calvi Like?
Calvi was one of the main ports dominated by the Republic of Genoa. Fortifications were built to keep Saracen invaders away from the port. The fortifications are still standing today and are probably the most popular attraction in Calvi. The Red Island, also known as "Ile Rousse" in French and "Isola Rossa" in Italian, is another popular attraction. The Red Island was founded by Corsican patriot Pasquale Paoli during the 18th century so that there would be a port free from Genoese influence on the North of the island. The Notre Dame de la Serra chapel is another remain of the Genoese occupation. The chapel is built on top of a rock formation, which can be difficult to access but the stunning view on the Reginu Valley is well worth it. Besides, the Notre Dame de la Serra legend says that bringing the love of your life to the chapel will guarantee many happy years together.
Tips For Getting Along With Locals In Calvi
Calvi became a popular touristic spot in the 1950s and has been a favorite destination for French tourists ever since. You will also come across people from all over Europe. Speaking English will not make you stand out during the summer months, since there are more tourists than locals. The staff in Calvi hotels usually speak English, French, and Italian. You will not look out of place if you wear simple clothes adapted to the warm Mediterrannean weather, such as sandals, shorts and a tank top or a t-shirt. Not all locals are willing to open up to tourists, but you will find that Calvi residents are friendly and laid back if you give them enough time to warm up to you. Look to Hotels.com to take care of all your hotel-booking needs when visitng Calvi.