Exploring Calvi, Corsica

When you book a holiday in Corsica you have to make a decision.

Are you going to stay in the north or south?

The south is a fancy, chic, St Tropez sort of place. Gorgeous beaches, super yachts, beautiful & manicured towns.

The North is much more rustic, simple, “real” and adventurous.

It really just depends what you want out of a trip.

We went for the north.

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Rugged coastline, wild mountains, crumbling hamlets and a breeze whipping off the sea that’ll take your hat off sooner than you can say “hold onto the hat!”

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We set off to explore the seaside, fortified town of Calvi.

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Clambering up the slippery cobbles into the medieval citadel.

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Tile print dress

Lemon print handbag

Rockstud sandals (sim)

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We roamed the winding streets, climbing higher and higher.

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Ducking into deserted churches with marble floors and dusty windows looking out onto the bay.

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Far from the bustling towns of the south, we barely met a soul on our path.

Finding only a handful of travellers catching their breath in the little bars dotted around the citadel.

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The unmistakably Mediterranean ochre and pink houses permeated with fragrant fig trees, throwing welcome shade onto the streets below.

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We fell in love with the crumbling facades and clever architecture, wrapping itself around the cliffs.

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Pulling up a chair at A Scola for a break.


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Before climbing down into the modern part of town.

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Picking up a few necessities for the house.

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And breathing in the unforgettable (and utterly addictive) smell of “foreign church”.

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A mix of cedar wood, cool marble, hot stone, melting candles and flowery incense.

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We followed our noses to the sea.

Passing the pretty cafes and bars serving iced coffees and frozen cocktails.

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Into the marina to pick out yachts.

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After a successful morning’s exploring we’d built up quite a hunger!

So set off in search of a beach restaurant called Le Matahari, on the other side of Calvi’s horseshoe bay.

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We took a table draped in a white tablecloth, beneath a straw umbrella, kicked off our shoes and wriggled our toes into the sand.

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Ordered a glass of the palest rosé and sat back to people watch.

Puffed up men in speedos stalking their way up and down the shore like proud peacocks. Unbelievably beautiful women, mahogany brown without a scrap of makeup and even less of a bikini!

Families splashed in the shallows, couples strolled hand in hand and men fished from the rocks.

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The menu, written up each day arrived by chalkboard.

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I started with tuna tartar, cut from a fish caught just off shore.

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While my date plumped for octopus.

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But the main event is where this place really shines.

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Scallop risotto.

Perfectly cooked scallops with a side of exquisite risotto and parmesan crisps.

One of the most beautifully balanced and delicious dishes I’ve had in years.

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Now this may not look like much, but it’s penne in a Corsican lemon sauce with courgette.

May sound simple but it is truly, truly mind blowing.

Zingy, creamy, rich, fresh. Just remarkable.

I have some serious recipe testing to do to see if I can recreate this one for you! It’s a game changer.

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Despite our protestations, the pudding menu arrived with a flurry.

How could you possibly say no to these options?

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I settled on an iced coffee.


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The strawberry mille-feuille.

Sheets of crisp pastry, filled with strawberry patisserie cream and fresh berries.

Worth every calorie.

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After lunch we snoozed on sunbeds and swam in the warm, gentle sea.

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Eventually heading home, shoes in hand, to read our books on the terrace.

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Corsica you are almost too good to be true.

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  • Cate Cruse

    Looks like paradise! I love your hair in this post xxx

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    • Rosie

      Thanks Cate, me too. So nice to have it out of the way in the heat! x

  • I’ve never been to Corsica, seems so gorgeous

    • Rosie

      It really is heavenly, can’t recommend it enough x

  • pretty dress! gorgeous photos:)

    • Rosie

      Thanks T!

  • Annabel

    Has anyone found a budget version of the dress??

    • Rosie

      I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find one! I thought SI would be a good bet, but it seems to be the only one they haven’t done. I did however find these… http://rstyle.me/n/bx9326ndi6 which I think are dreamy! Especially the shirt dress version.

  • Corsica looks absolutely stunning. I can’t wait to visit one day!

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  • Gorgeous dress, perfectly suits the beautiful surroundings. Corsica looks gorgeous – i went years ago but sadly didn’t explore it enough

    Mel x


  • These photos are beyond stunning, Corsica has never really featured high on my must-visit places but after your last few posts it’s moved right to the top of my list!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • I’m so in love with that dress – it’s such a showstopper (as is that bowl of pasta – yum!). xxx

  • Sophie Stewart

    This sounds like such an amazing holiday! Making me very excited for my adventure to Cyprus next month. Gorgeous outfit as well! Sophie x


  • I’m falling in love with this exotic city and your floral dress! they match perfectly. flyingkittyadventures.com

  • This D&G dress is too beautiful for words! Ugh the print is stunning!


  • Old, rustic, European villages are so magical! You’ve captured it beautifully X

  • Rosita Vassallo

    Hi…thinking of going about 14 days in Corsica next June for our honeymoon…..do you think 15 days are enough to go round the island…visiting both north and south? and best lodging somewhere in the middle or the island or spend a few days in the south and than north?

  • Bree

    I LOVE that print! So charming!! I already have the bathing suit in my cart, LOVE LOVE!

    Your hair looks cute as well. 🙂

    xx Bree | Dry Brushing – http://www.wonderfulandwhimsical.com

  • It looks like paradise on earth there! And that dress you’re wearing is absolutely gorgeous!


  • Ann

    Love this post! If I may ask…do have have a recommendation for where to stay in Calvi?

  • Jacqueline Sin

    Corsica looks like the most amazing and rustic town! The scallops look amazing and your D&G dress is perfection <3

    Jacqueline | Sail Away to Neverland ♡

  • Looks like such a beautiful place! I may have to add this to the places I want to go!

  • So beautiful Rosie! The views & your whole outfit! Agree with Cate from below…love the hair braided. Incentive to grow mine out….;)

    Ana xx


  • Oh this whole post is too good to be true! Firstly, your D&G dress is gorgeous, perfect for the setting; the architecture also is beautiful, I’d love to photograph it myself, and strawberry mille-feuille?! AMAZING

    Lauren x
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  • Kate

    This place has just gone straight to the top of my bucket list – it looks so perfect! You look beautiful as always and as for that meal – wow! x

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  • What gorgeous pictures, looks like a great place for culture! I love your tile print dress

  • Kari Guastella

    What a stunning dress you’re wearing! Gorgeous!

  • Catriona Jane

    Rose I used to live in the North! Highly recommend a trip to L’Ile Rousse where I used to live, beautiful square to sit and have a drink, gorgeous beach (not quite as hectic as Calvi), great beach cafes but a stunning restaurant at the port. The old town is beautiful, should be a market on the Saturday. It’s just beautiful I miss it everyday since moving home to Scotland. Very jealous of you hope you keep having a wonderful time! Love the blog, followed for years. Cx

  • Gosh this place is literally paradise! It’s definitely on my list of places to go now! Thank you for sharing!


  • Isabelle Robison

    What a magical place! I love your twisty-turny-wrap-aroundy hair-do in this. Could you do a tutorial/tips on how to do it? xx

  • Athena Politou

    This dress couldn’t be more ideal for the place!


  • Love the rustic vibe to the island & that food looks to die for! You look gorgeous in your dress with your milk maid braids Rosie!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Your outfit is perfect! Love!

  • Mary Fremeau

    oh my goodness! that dress is a dream!

  • Rosie you look like you are straight out of a beautiful Hollywood film! This dress could not be more perfect to wear wandering this town! Those quiet winding streets and cool spots to slip inside and escape the sun! Just beautiful.
    xx Jenelle

  • Becca

    It looks amazing in Corsica! I’ll have to plan a visit now haha! Also that dress is beautiful, perfect for summer in the mediterranean xx


  • Aurè

    hello,ciao…with this dress feat the Sicilian colours You look so Charming!…very charming!..

  • What a cute town to explore! LOVE your dress too!

  • ivona

    I love your blog! I am going to Corsica this summer, and cannot wait.

    I must ask – where are your sandals from? they are just perfect with the dress!