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Corsica - From Calvi to Bastia

Corsica - From Calvi to Bastia

By car, 170 km, 3 days

Calvi to Bastia, a route that will allow you to explore the most beautiful landscapes and villages of the north of Corsica. La Balagne, like Patrimonio, are well known for their magnificent vineyards perched above the sea.

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Quai Landry 20260 Calvi

The Marina

Quai Landry 20260 Calvi

Calvi Citadel

Citadelle de Calvi 20260 Calvi

View over the Citadel

Citadelle de Calvi 20260 Calvi

La Balagne

20260 Calvi

Covered market

Pl. du Marché 20220 L'Île-Rousse

Place Paoli  

Pl. Paoli 20220 L'Île-Rousse
Architecture, castles and historic districts

An attractive rectangular square which is shaded by large plane trees and bordered by cafes. It's the meeting place for the local boules' players. In the middle palm trees enclose a fountain topped by the bust of Pascal Paoli who founded the port of Isula Rossa in 1758.


Île de la Pietra   Interesting

Île de la Pietra 20220 L'Île-Rousse
Nature and gardens

Joined to the town by a breakwater sheltering the marina, this island formed of ochre and red rocks pitted with holes, has some attractive points of view over the neighbouring islands, the port and the Balagne hills. This very mineral world is a good option for a walk to the old Genoese tower and the lighthouse (exhibition).


San Michele de Murato   Worth a detour Worth a detour

20239 Murato
Religious buildings

Standing alone at 475m above sea level, this church stands majestically on a plateau that looks over the basin of the Bevinco. It was built around 1280, at the end of the Pisan Romanesque period in Corsica. Renowned for its chequered exterior of green serpentine stone and white limestone, its carved ornamentation is often naive. The building's exceptional harmony is enhanced by its setting and the view from here, which goes from St Florent to the Désert des Agriates.

The village of Murato is famous not only for its pisan-style church but also for its fabulous hams that are reserved several months in advance. It’s rare and it’s very good!

Col de Teghime   Worth a detour Worth a detour

20 Poggio
Nature and gardens

This pass (alt 536m) marks the end of the ridge which separates the east and west sides of Cap Corse. It also marks the border between this region and the Nebbio. The strong libecciu west wind can be violent, but nothing can detract from the sight of the Gulf of St-Florent, the Nebbio, Bastia and the eastern plain.

Nestled at the foot of Mount Saint Angelo, 5 km from the port of Saint-Florent, the small village of Patrimonio gave its name to the most charismatic of Corsican vineyards. It’s unthinkable, therefore, not to visit the large vineyards of Patrimonio, some of which have given new life to once forgotten vine varieties such as Bianco Gentile!

Old Port

Quai du Sud-Quai du 1er Bataillon 20200 Bastia

Monte Stello   Worth a detour Worth a detour

20 Pozzo
Nature and gardens

The road to Monte Stello climbs up a slope overlooking the sea, home to the villages of Poretto and Pozzo. Park your car there and get ready to embark on the 3hr walk up to the top (1 307m). You will be rewarded with a stunning view which unfolds over the entire headland, taking in the Gulf of St-Florent and the undulating Agriates hinterland, the Balagne and the foothills of the central mountain ranges. The Tuscan archipelago can be glimpsed on the horizon to the east.

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