The Corsican region of Balagne lies in the north-west of the island. The beaches here are fabulous, but the true appeal of a holiday in Balagne is undoubtedly the local towns and villages.
Balagne is a north-western region of Corsica, stretching from Nebbio to Filosorma. Calvi and Ile Rousse are its two biggest towns and popular destinations, but there is a whole host of hidden beauty spots and lovely little villages to discover during your holiday in Balagne. Read on for our pick of places not to be missed.
The Citadel in Calvi
Calvi is a coastal town looking out to the sea. Take a stroll around the harbour then have a spot of lunch at a pavement café, listening to the gentle tinkling of the masts and soaking up the Corsican sunshine. Its sandy beach stretches for miles, but it’s the landmark citadel that Calvi is most famous for. The imposing fortress that looms over the town and the Mediterranean Sea was built at the end of the 15th century to protect the town from invasion. It was further fortified over time, and the Tour de Sel – which is the lookout tower where salt was stored, hence the name – was only added in 1934.
Make sure you fit in a trip to Saleccia park on the outskirts of Ile Rousse during your holiday in Balagne. Located on the coastline, it spans 7 hectares of natural beauty and features many native plants. The botanical trail is a delight for the senses, and they also hold workshops and exhibitions.
No holiday in Balagne would be complete without exploring this picture-perfect mediaeval village. Climb up to the highest point, 500m above sea level, for an impressive vantage point of the region. Walking up the narrow, cobbled streets to reach the top of the village takes a fair amount of effort, but the stunning views you’ll be rewarded with are definitely worth it!
From Sant’Antonio, you’re within easy reach of Pigna, another exquisite village whose bygone beauty remains intact. The cobbled streets, dotted with stone houses, give it a timeless feel. But what makes Pigna really special is the spectacular sunsets you get here. Sit outside and sample the local cuisine as you watch the sun go down – what better way to make beautiful memories of your holiday in Balagne?
Best place to stay for a holiday in Balagne
Rent a luxury villa in the heart of Balagne to explore the region and everything it has to offer. Chic Villas has exactly what you need; a villa near Upper Corsica’s most beautiful villages, with fabulous mountain and sea views, a pool to relax in, spacious rooms and a terrace for al fresco eating – all the ingredients of a perfect stay with family and friends.