Side Trips Around Calvi

Part of Balagne region, Calvi is surrounded by gorgeous medieval villages such as:
Sant’Antonino : Perched on a granite hilltop, it is the oldest inhabited village on Corsica. The views of the country side and coast are spectacular. Make sure to stop at Clos Antonini, at the entrance of the village, for a delicious fresh lemon or grape juice. They also sell the own wine production, jams and almonds.
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Archeaology Museum

At the bottom of the Old Town, the Archaeological Museum is housed in the beautiful building that was originally the 'Hospital of the Knights'
The two floors and an internal courtyard make a wonderful setting for the archaological finds from around the island.
One of the most well known discoveries is a small marble statue of Aphrodite, better known as 'The Marine Venus', so named by the writer Lawrence Durrell whose book about his time in Rhodeswas titled 'Reflections on a Marine Venus'
During the winter months admission is free on Sundays.

La Cafeiere Beausejour

This authentic 18th century colonial house nested in a tropical park offers a great opportunity to ‘go back in time’. Once a 200 acre coffee plantation, it is now a museum showing original coffee artifacts from around the world - tastefully displayed - and the elegant simplicity of the family fine Mahogany furnishings help create a most charming atmosphere. It is a nice place to visit, offering panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

Habitation Clement

Set in Le Francois on the east coast, this is one of the most famous and most beautiful Plantation Homes in the Caribbean, transformed into a museum. The spectacular House of Masters, classified historic building, is open to the public and offers the unique opportunity to be immersed in the way of life of the growers of the 18th century and to discover architecture and Creole furniture from that era. The dwelling accommodates also an old rum distillery now turned into a museum explaining how the sugar cane is processed to produce rum.

Palais Princier

Palatial home of the Grimaldi family, built on the site of a fortress erected by the Genoese in 1215. The palace opens its doors from April to October and its numerous splendours can be admired by visitors. Do not miss the changing of the guard, taking place everyday in front of the Palais at 11:55am precisely.