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Westward along the coast, is Calvi, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Seen from the water, Calvi is a beautiful spectacle, with its three immense bastions topped by a crest of ochre buildings, backed by the soaring, snowcapped Monte Cinto just 20km inland. The town began as a fishing port on the site of the present-day VilleBasse, below the citadelle.
A fleet commanded by Admiral Nelson launched a brutal two-month attack on the town in 1794, when Nelson lost his eye; he left saying he hoped never to see the place again. Today Calvi is a popular beachside resort with the sparkling, turquoise waters of the Golfe de Calvi.
If you arrive towards the end of June, you'll be rewarded by a jazz festival with stalls that sell traditional Corsican fare. Boat excursions to the seaside ports of Galeria and Girolta are also worthwhile, or to the bustling beach resort of Ile Rousse, founded by Pasquale Paoli in 1758.
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