........... Calvi

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The village of Calvi (Cal-Vee) built along a striking crescent bay on Corsica's northwest coast, offers something for everyone. Most noticeable is the haute village citadel fortress built in 1268 by the Genoese during their period of dominance. Not only is the citadel arresting in its own right, it is also a real community with churches, resturants and plenty of residents. One of its earlier residents is quite famous, as it is the reported birthplace of Christopher Columbus... whose ruins still stand marked by an official sign. In the base village, Below the citadel, the base village offers amenities including a picture-perfect white sandy beach for swimming and sail-boarding, eclectic tourist boutiques, supermarkets and petite marches bursting with picturesque produce and local meat delicacies.

Later in the evenings, there's a definate pulse of excitement as nightlife spills over from outdoor cafes along the waterfront — a la Cote d'Azur — as residents and visitors stroll the nearby docks to glimpse millionaire lifestyles, viewing the extravagant yachts harbored at the marina. It’s definitely a place to see and be seen, but also a town of culture, history and family life.

 

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