Casa Colombu Corsica, Calvi & The Balagne

Calvi’s 15th-century Genoese citadel dominates the old town skyline: perched on a rocky promontory and lapped by the bright blue of the Mediterranean on three sides, it has become one of the most iconic images of the island, especially if you are lucky enough to approach from the sea.

Tucked away amongst the narrow alleyways and steep staircases that have changed little in the past few hundred years, this spacious penthouse studio apartment sits high on the citadel walls, with glorious sea views from its private terrace. Space is at a premium in such a prime location, so the terrace incorporates an ingenious built-in wooden bar where you can enjoy your morning café au lait or a chilled aperitif before heading out to explore the local restaurants. One of the other wonderful benefits of this old-town location is that there are many places to eat within walking distance, either in the citadel itself or down on the waterfront at Quai Landry below. Calvi’s stunning sandy beach is also reachable within about 15 minutes on foot.

Casa Colombu is ideal for a couple, with a large, open-plan living/sleeping area and a separate kitchen and bathroom. There are quite a few steps up to the penthouse itself and around the streets of the citadel, but the effort of getting here is well rewarded both by the uninterrupted sea views and the sense of history that comes with this special setting.



  • Top floor studio apartment 60 m² (sleeps 2)
  • Accessed via approx 60 steps
  • Open-plan living/sleeping area
  • Separate shower room with WC
  • Separate fully-fitted kitchen with table and chairs
  • Terrace (15m²) with bar, stools, table and chairs


  • Hairdryer
  • Beach and bath towels provided
  • Air-conditioned
  • Traditional Corsican breakfast (£9/person/day) available on request if pre-booked before departure (served on the terrace 7am-10am and includes coffee, orange juice, bread, variety of Corsican goat cheeses, charcuterie, pastries, croissants, pains au chocolat, brioche, pains au lait)

Access times:

  • Check-in time – 3:00pm
  • Check-out time – 9:00am


  • Calvi harbour 10min walk
  • Beach 15min walk
  • Calvi Airport 10min drive
  • Bastia airport 1hr 45min drive


Our choice of Corsican properties is as diverse as the island itself, ranging from simple seaside charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide.

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Property enhancements


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