A Hike to Calvi's Highest Hill
Calvi, Corsica, France
- Take a look at Calvi: As you begin your hike, you'll learn a bit more about Calvi's architecture and history from your GoBe guide.
- Chapelle Notre Dame de la Serra: Hike to this 19th-century chapel built atop the ruins of a 15th-century complex and take in panoramic views of the Bay of Calvi.
- Capu di a Veta: Climb to the top of Calvi's highest hill for a bird's-eye view of the city, the bay, and Punta Revellata.
About this Calvi tour
Some call Corsica "the mountain in the sea" – a nod to the rolling terrain that gives way to monolithic mountains of rock and the verdant vegetation unique to the island. And that may be one of the leading reasons hikers love Corsica – For hikers, Corsica is "the mountain in the sea with great hiking," thanks to exciting trails, incredible views, and the chance to learn more about this part of the world.
Your hike begins not far from the town center of Calvi, so you'll have the chance to learn about the city from your GoBe guide.
Your first stop is the Chapelle Notre Dame de la Serre. As you make your approach, you'll be astonished by the drama of the setting. Atop the ruins of a 15th-century sanctuary sits a chapel built four centuries later. In the courtyard behind the building, positioned on a towering granite boulder, stands a statue of the Virgin Mary. After exploring these man-made structures, you'll have time to marvel at a 360-degree panorama of sea, city, sky, and mountains.
And believe it or not, that's not even the best view of the day. Your hike reaches its zenith at the summit of Capu di a Veta. This mountain is marked by its rugged terrain, but the climb is worth it. Once you've reached the top, you'll be greeted by a wooden cross that soars to the sky, and all of Calvi and the sea spread out before you. Go ahead and congratulate yourself - you've conquered Capu.
Before he discovered America, did he hide Calvi?
Christopher Columbus claimed that he was born in Genoa, Italy, but which part? The residents of Calvi claim Columbus as one of their own, saying he was born in their city, then Genoese territory, in 1441. Why lie? Corsica didn't have a great reputation back then, so an ambitious Columbus may have taken liberties with his bio.
Please proceed pier side, to the port entrance, and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
You will be hiking for over 4 miles to an area of rocks. Make sure you have protection from the sun and lots of water with you. Choose your footwear wisely.
This is a high-activity tour & is only recommended to you if you are fit, accustomed to exertion, have no back/neck or hip/knee problems, and can maintain a good pace. This is not a suitable tour for you if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
Walking Tour, Scenic, Adventure
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be 15 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have knee, hip or back problems or you are pregnant, this tour may not be suitable for you, due to the strenuous nature of the activity required.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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