Events and Traditions
An invitation to travel and dream
With the scent of olive and citrus trees that once brought to it prosperity, The Balagne extends from Calvi to Ile Rousse via Lumio with its sandy beaches, wild creeks and its rugged hinterland where many perched villages hide beautiful treasures.
Lumio and around
The village of Lumio
This village is located in the heart of the Balagne. Since the earliest times, Lumio "village of light", was the centre of a cult dedicated to the Sun. The Romans called the mountain "Solis Ortus," where the sun rises. Grouped around the large baroque church, this large village full of character, looks out over the beautiful Gulf of Calvi. A really picturesque village with its narrow streets and stone houses. From the village square and cafe, the view is breathtaking!
The Arinella beach - 200 m from the Residence
Small and discreet, hidden among the expanses of sand overlooking the bay of Calvi. There is a popular restaurant and a Genoese tower on its skyline. A coastal path leads you away from the sandy beach for those who prefer sunbathing on the rocks and also leads up to the Genoese Tower.
The Genoese tower is a few hundred meters from the Point of Caldanu made up of slabs of characteristic rock. Square in shape, the massive base, well preserved on three sides is completely ruined on the last side.
...with the island of Spano (a natural site protected by the Conservatoire du Littoral) and the Tower of Spanu.
An old Genoese tower in ruins. Discover the coastline of Pointe Spanu via a walk between the two Genoese towers Caldanu and Spanu, a remarkable place full of history. You can walk easily from the Residence.
Ruined village of Occi
Situated on a rocky promontory, at the altitude of 377m, the village of Occi is an observatory overlooking the plains and the sea, offering a breathtaking panoramic view. The history of the village dates back to the fifteenth century, at a time when the coastline was not safe from invasion. The inhabitants of a village on the coast, at a place called Spano, fleeing Saracens, took up occupation on the promontory of Occi. In the seventeenth century however the village declined, so that by April 1852, the municipality of Occi only consisted of 62 people. The last inhabitant, Felix Giudicelli died there in 1927.
This ruined village where only the chapel has been restored can be accessed via three walking trails. There is a circuit that includes a detour to the western summit of Capu d'occi
The Romanesque Chapel of Saint Pierre and Paul, Lumio
One of the oldest religious buildings, its amazing sculptures and architecture are not to be missed! Visit the cemetery that surrounds it.
Calvi, capital of The Balagne sits proudly in the middle of a pretty harbour, in a bright bay. Its name comes from the Latin "calvus" meaning bald, with reference to the bare rock on which the Citadel was built.
The marina with its cafes and restaurants, yachts and fishing boats, in the lower town,provides a stark contrast with the old silent streets of the Citadel.
On a promontory of granite rocks, the Citadel of Calvi, built in the fifteenth century, represents six centuries of Genoese presence in Corsica. Its ochre coloured walls sit majestically above the lower town and harbour walls. The old town consists of steep, narrow cobbled streets and steps bordered by houses gradually being restored.
L'Ile-Rousse is a town on the coast of The Balagne. Its name comes from the red granite rocks (porphyry rock) which make up the Island of Pietra, just north of the city. Ile Rousse was founded in 1758 by Pascal Paoli, the father of his country, who wanted to dethrone Calvi, Genoese city par excellence.
Pietra Lighthouse, which dates from 1857, has a magnificent view of the islands of red granite on which it is located, but also an overview of the city. A fifteenth century Genoese tower also stands nearby.