Calvi (Photo: Bouvier Ben/Shutterstock.com)
4.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

By Erica Silverstein
Cruise Critic Senior Editor

Port of Calvi

Calvi is Corsica's second cruise port; most ships who call at the French island visit Ajaccio. The historic city is located in the northwest region of the island, and is known for its 15th-century citadel with granite walls, which is built into a rocky outcropping at the entrance to the harbor. Calvi and its neighboring coastal villages are set against a mountain backdrop, and the views from your ship at anchor outside the harbor are stunning.

Tours take passengers to explore some of the villages nestled in the hills, and independent explorers can easily tender into Calvi and spend a few hours exploring the citadel, shopping on the pedestrian boulevard or sampling local French delicacies (try the local charcuterie, sheep and goat cheese, wine and honey).

About Calvi


Pro

Gorgeous island port, with city and citadel set against a mountain backdrop

Con

Tour variety is limited

Bottom Line

A lovely port for a relaxing half-day visit, mixing food, shopping and history


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Currency & Best Way to Get Money

Corsica is part of France and therefore uses the euro; check online for current currency conversion figures. You can find banks with ATMs in the small downtown area by the port; try Boulevard Wilson.

Language

French is the main language, though there is a Corsican language that's still used by locals.