Calvi citadel

Perched atop a rocky headland, Calvi’s imposing Citadel oversees the bustling little town.

The massive citadel was fortified by Corsica’s Genoese rulers from the 12th century onwards.

While there is little in the way of businesses within it’s walls, it is still worth while exploring the alleyways and nooks and crannies.

Especially as there’s some amazing paper paste ups to be found!

There are stunning views to be had from the ramparts, both over the town and out to the sea.

The citadel also houses a former military hospital as well as containing the remains of a house that is rumoured to be the place where Christopher Columbus was born.

Colourful Calvi

Calvi is an attractive tourist town that is worth basing yourself in for its proximity to many pretty beaches.

A medieval citadel overlooks the marina from the bay’s western end, and is home to the Baroque St-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral and cobbled streets.

We’ll be exploring the meandering streets of the citadel later on.

Calvi and surrounds

The next town on our hit list, whirl wind tour of Corsica was Calvi.

It’s known for its beaches and crescent-shaped bay. A medieval citadel overlooks the marina – but more of that later.

We head to catch the sunset at one of the many lovely beaches. This rocky delight is Arinella beach.

A moody grey sky ominously looms over the hills in the background but the evening sunshine saturates everything in its honey glow.

We love this one so much that we head back later on in the trip 🙂

Isle de Pietra

Heading for another fabulous Corsican viewpoint now – this time on the Isle de Pietra.

This little spit of land is close to L’Ile Rousse and features a lighthouse at its peak and some beautiful views of the wonderful coastline.

It is connected by a dyke to the port of the commune of l’Île-Rousse in Haute-Corse.

Located in the north-west of the city, the island of Pietra has two highlights: the Pietra lighthouse and the ruined Genoese tower.

Here’s a bit of naff video footage that doesn’t really give a real taste of it!

Naturally the human man goat perches precariously on the precipice in order to raise my blood pressure…

I cautiously approach the edge – the maniac smile says it all!

Here’s the Pietra lighthouse . Blindingly white in the harsh mid-day sun.

Beautiful beaches

Corsican is littered with stunning beaches of all shapes and sizes. So naturally we’re off to explore a few of them!

From tiny coves to vast swathes of pure white sand, there’s a patch of sand to suit everyone.

The sands are blissfully empty towards the end of September. It’s our favourite time of year to travel as the weather is still great but the crowds are thinning out nicely.

Green hills and wind blown salty trees back the lovely beach of Ostriconi.

Ostriconi Beach (also called the beach of Perajola) is renowned for its rugged beauty.

It’s wild and windswept, braced by dunes and immersed in fragrant Corsican maquis.

Maquis is a special wild-scrub area of Corsica that covers approximately 20% of the island.

It includes the fragrant curry plant and rock rose to myrte, daisies and various types of mint. When the wind blows over it, the smells are amazing.

As Corsica had seen some bad weather before we arrived, a lot of the beaches were covered in seaweed which detracted from their pristine loveliness.

However Ostriconi was not one of them and its gorgeous sands were weed free!

Look how joy filled we are!!! The water was phenomenally blue and the sun was just the right level of scorching!