The 6 most beautiful excursions around Calvi

Découvrez les plus belles excursions autour de Calvi

You’ve chosen Balagne! Excellent choice! You’ll be able to make the most beautiful excursions from Calvi!

In Haute-Corse, Calvi and the Balagne region is one of the most popular holiday destinations. Indeed, the town with its citadel is one of the most beautiful in Corsica. As with the rest of the Isle of Beauty, you’ll be able to discover the different landforms. Indeed, the sea and the mountains are never far apart! As a result, Corsica offers excursions of all kinds! Generation Voyage has thought of you and offers you the 6 most beautiful excursions around Calvi! Follow the guide!

1. Scandola Nature Reserve

La Réserve Naturelle de Scandola

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  • Distance: 28.2 km (by sea)
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Places of interest: Gorges de Scandola, Calvi Citadel, Calvais Gulf beaches, Piana and Scandola caves

Take a boat out to discover the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This little Corsican paradise is home to breathtaking scenery! One of the places not to be missed is the Scandola gorges and their turquoise waters. A place to escape to.

Afterwards, you’ll head for the Piana and Scandola caves, carved out by nature over the centuries. All around, you’ll be amazed by the wild beaches and crystal-clear waters. Last but not least, you’ll be treated to a special treat by the captain. He’ll lend you his snorkelling equipment. It’s an opportunity to enjoy this activity in one of the world’s most beautiful reserves. A magical experience.

Of all the excursions around Calvi, this one is ideal for short stays. It’s also perfect for those who want to visit as many places as possible.

2. Asco Valley

Les gorges de l'Asco, l'une des meilleurs excursions vers Calvi

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  • Distance: 75 km (by road)
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Places of interest: Gorges de l’Asco, Rivières de l’Asco, Monte Cinto

If you’re looking for excursions near Calvi that combine sea and mountains, this is the place for you. Discover the Vallée d’Asco. This valley in the upper center of Corsica is one of the most beautiful parts of the Corsican Regional Nature Park.

On the program, explore the slopes of Monte Cinto by 4×4 to discover rivers and gorges. The highlight of the tour is the gorges de l’Asco. The area was shaped by the river of the same name, below the village of Asco. Take the opportunity to bathe in the crystal-clear waters. All overlooked by granite cliffs.

What’s more, a local guide will accompany you on your journey. He’ll take you to the most beautiful panoramas in the hills, and tell you all about the secrets of the area. A visit to the village of Asco is also included. A moment when time stands still and inspiration invades your thoughts.

3. Saleccia

La plage paradisiaque de Saleccia

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  • Distance: 69.3 km (by road)
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Places of interest: Saleccia beach, Regino valley, Agriates desert

The advantage of Corsica is that, just a few hours from mainland France, we have access to heavenly beaches. In Haute-Corse, one of the most famous is Saleccia. It’s one of the highlights of the Agriates desert. The white sands and turquoise waters give us the vivid impression of being thousands of kilometers from France. A wild landscape you won’t want to leave.

The place is available on various excursions departing from Calvi. But the 4×4 excursion is clearly the best. After admiring this exceptional place, the vehicle will take you to the heights. Not far from the beach, a spot situated at an altitude of 1,200 meters offers a breathtaking panorama. From here, you can admire Cap Corse, the Ravellata peninsula and Monte Padru, the highest point in the Balagne region.

In between, you’ll pass through the Regino Valley. This is an area of endless olive groves. It’s in the heart of this granite land that you’ll enjoy a meal of local specialities. These include the excellent wines of Calvi, coppa and Corsican tomme.

4. The Agriates Desert

Découvrez le Désert des Agriates

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  • Distance: 47.5 km (by road)
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Places of interest: Agriates desert, Ghignu and Malfalcu beaches, Oru cave

Does Saleccia fill you with wonder? What if you did the whole Agriates Desert? Complete your discovery of Saleccia and the Regino with a second 4×4 tour. This time, the beaches of Ghignu and Malfalco await you. As in Saleccia, white sand and turquoise waters are the order of the day.

But don’t stop at the coast! Discover the rich flora and fauna of this micro-region. It’s rich and diverse, a rarity in a desert. Your guide will then take you to some stunningly primitive places, such as the Oru cave, abandoned villages and even troglodyte dwellings. The latter date back to prehistoric times and boast incredible architecture.

Here too, allow a day to complete the route.

5. Le Circuit du Maquis

La Scala de Santa Regina, étape du circuit du maquis

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  • Distance: approx. 300 km over the entire circuit
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Places of interest: Île-Rousse, Scala di Santa Regina, Col de Vergio, Evisa, Gorges de la Spelunca, Calanche de Piana, Col de la Croix, Algajola etc.

Of all the excursions around Calvi, the Maquis is the most famous. In fact, the name probably rings a bell. And with good reason: the Maquis encompasses some prodigious landscapes. FromÎle-Rousse to the Calanche de Piana, the Scala di Santa Regina and the Gorges de Spelunca, picture-postcard scenery awaits you.

However, visiting all these places takes time. So a bus tour is a useful way of seeing everything in a limited time. Driven by a driver, all you have to do is admire the scenery and get off at each stop. Another highlight is access to the Vergio and Croix passes, to add a little mountain to your itinerary. These two passes offer magical views of the Maquis. These are places of particular interest to photographers.

To complete the offer, a meal is included during your stay in Porto. Gastronomy is added to the sea and mountains. Your Corsica tour is complete! Not convinced? Surprising… when you consider that the places mentioned only make up a quarter of your visit. Perhaps a visit to Scandola, the Fango and the Golfe de la Girolata will convince you?

6. Road-trip in Balagne

Le charmant village d'Algajola

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  • Distance: customized
  • Duration: one to two days, depending on customization
  • Possible places of interest: Calvi, Île-Rousse, Algajola, Lumio, Montemaggiore, Agriates desert, Pigna, Saleccia beach, etc.

Would you rather be free than follow a set route? It’s perfectly possible! Rent a car in Calvi and discover the Balagne as you imagine it. The possibilities are limitless. The duration and stages are entirely up to you. This is your chance to discover the places you want to visit.

However, the freedom of the road-trip also allows you to add other places of interest. Because, as you’ve already guessed, there’s no shortage of things to do around here. So, in addition to the Scandola reserve and the Asco valley, why not head for the vineyards of Montemaggiore or theAlgajola coast?

Perhaps you’d like to get some height? In that case, the perched village of Lumio and Speloncato are the perfect places for you.

Maintenant que vous connaissez les différentes excursions vers Calvi, laquelle vous tente le plus ? Déjà partis ? Racontez-nous vos aventures en commentaire !