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  • Beautiful spacious penthouse
  • In historic Calvi Citadel
  • Stunning sea views
  • Calvi harbour 10-minute walk
  • Beach 15-minute walk

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Calvi’s 13th-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 apéritif 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 60m² (sleeps 2)
  • Accessed via approximately 60 steps
  • Open-plan living/sleeping area (160cm bed)
  • Separate fully-fitted kitchen with table and chairs
  • Separate shower room 
  • WC
  • Terrace (15m²) with bar, stools, table and chairs


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned
  • Hairdryer
  • Beach and bath towels provided
  • 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)


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails.mWe aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00pm
  • Check-out time – 9.00am


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

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2 guests – 1 Group B, Ford Fiesta or similar*

* All our cars include comprehensive insurance with no excess charge. For this particular destination, the undercarriage are not included in the cover.

Car specification

Group B – 4 seats, 1 large and 1 small suitcase*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group C –  Seat Leon or similar, 5 seats, 2 large and 1 small suitcase *

Group D –  Seat Arona or similar, 5 seats, 3 large suitcases *

Group F – Ford Mondeo or similar, 5 seats, 3 large suitcases*

Group H – Jeep Compass or similar, 5 seats, 3 large suitcase*

Group N – Toyota Proace – 9 seats, 1 large and 1 small suitcases*

Group O – Peugeot 5008 or similar, 5+2 seats, 2 large and 2 small suitcases*

Group E – Automatic Peugeot 3008 or similar, 5 seats, 3 large suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 41cm x 31cm, a medium suitcase of approximately 65cm x 46cm x 29cm and a small suitcase of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm.

Categories B, C, D, F, H, M & O can be automatic or manual, we are able to request a specific transmission but this is not guaranteed.

The only car with guaranteed Automatic transmission is Group E

If you book a Group D, F and H please note Avis can give you any car within these groups subject to availability, no specific car can be guaranteed.

A fantastic week in this idyllic location. Such a well-designed apartment with all you could need. So, despite arriving to atrocious thunderstorms, it was wonderful to be able to sit them out in comfortable surroundings! We thoroughly enjoyed watching the boats and birds appear eating breakfast on the balcony and seeing the amazing colours in the skies as the sun set. The local restaurant is really friendly, has stunning views from the terrace and is definitely worth a visit. A big thank you to Debbie, who was immensely helpful throughout and particularly in sorting our arrival taxi after a two-hour flight delay and the dreadful weather. We have loved our stay here. What a beautiful place, so unspoiled and charming.

The Parsons, September 2023

Another great week in this superb apartment. As always, really enjoyed Calvi.

The Duttons, September 2023

This is the first time we have booked with Simpson Travel and it won’t be the last. We felt that we were looked after from start to finish. We received a first class service and all staff we encountered were very friendly. No hidden extras. The local representative in Calvi, Corsica is very experienced and we were given excellent advice and tips as well as lots of information regarding local amenities and services. Debbie was always available to assist throughout our stay. Highly recommended company.

Mrs Karen Hannah, August 2023

Customer feedback Had a lovely week in Calvi – beach, eat sleep – has been very hot, so that is our excuse for doing very little! The apartment is in a beautiful location and so well planned – much bigger than I had anticipated. You will always get a warm welcome from the Bar Mi at the bottom of the steps. It became our regular evening haunt. Thanks to Debbie for her help and advice – particularly on the last day logistics planning!

Lynne & Adrian, June 2023

We enjoyed a fabulous holiday in Corsica, our 2nd trip with Simpsons. Simpsons provided excellent service, always informative and our rep, Claire, was extremely helpful, providing local information to help make our holiday wonderful. We would definitely recommend Simpsons!

Tracey Cain, June 2022

We very much enjoyed our second stay here, the views are fantastic. Thank you, Debbie, for the restaurant recommendations. Takeout from U Pasta (pizza delivery) just down the steps was very good. The walk to the lighthouse was great.

John & Delyth, September 2021

An absolutely wonderful holiday in a stunning location. The apartment was beautifully furnished and very well equipped and the views were out of this world. The service we received from Simpson Travel throughout was superb and special thanks to their representative in Calvi , Debbie, who was so helpful and friendly. Our fifth visit to Calvi but our first with Simpson Travel and this was by far the best. Simpsons Travel really do go the extra mile.

Ian & Jeanette, September 2019

Upon arrival Laura at the airport was so lovely and helpful and gave us good travel ideas for our destination and we never felt alone for a moment – from arrival to us driving away. What a pleasure! Then Debbie who represents Simpson in the north of Corsica – all we can say! Debbie left us a great starter basket with variety and milk/wine for arrival. She was great help dealing on the phone with us being a bit stressed upon arrival as we got slightly lost in the citadel. Debbie arrived promptly the next day as promised and was absolutely delightful – so refreshing! Her knowledge of the entire island and insider tips were spot on and amazing – she could be your encyclopaedia for Corsica and we couldn't have wanted for anyone nicer. She booked a number of restaurants for us upon request and upon arrival we were always made to feel important and were greeted with...”Ah welcome, you're Debbie's guests”. We felt like locals. We left Debbie at the end of our stay feeling emotional like we were leaving long lost friends. What we love about Simpson is...what you see is what you get and it's a total pleasure and we feel blessed to be able to afford the odd break with you, so thank you. If you can get into cloning business and do as well as you do travel, could we have a few more Debbies please?

Ursula, August 2019

Light and airy apartment with full height windows and outside balcony giving fantastic views across the bay for watching the boats and the sunset.

Mr & Mrs Jordan, July 2019

We had a lovely holiday. The apartment and location were superb. Our rep was very kind knowledgeable and accessible. A dream of a holiday in a lovely place.

Dr C Atkin, June 2019

We had a super week – there are too many lovely places in Corsica to visit – luckily this is our fifth visit to the island with Simpson Travel, so didn’t feel we had to go too far. Debbie was as helpful and accessible as ever and it was especially nice to meet the owner, Pierre-Baptiste, who is a delightful man. Shame a week goes so quickly.

Liz Sleight & Dudley James, May 2019

Loved the apartment. Awesome views and the sunsets were stunning. Debbie’s advice re trips and restaurants was spot on (thank you). We had great meals at Casa Vinu and A Candella. We loved the villages, especially Sant’Antonino and spent happy hours on the long, sandy Calvi beach. A great week with plenty of exercise. Walking to the lighthouse was a highlight, as was the walk each morning to the boulangerie on Rue Wilson – the croissants are worth it!

Anne & Kevin, May 2019

Beautiful views from a stunning apartment! We were so pleased this apartment was just as good as the website photos! Loved the welcome pack from Jenny, very thoughtful and kind. We loved Calvi beach – the best, very calm, shallow sea and Sunbeams for hire. Also loved the shop down the road ‘Le Parte Blue’ for some fantastic gifts. It was a relaxing holiday so didn’t venture too far but the views from Calvi Citadel and the drive up to Sant Antonio was stunning.

Lorna & Richard, September 2018

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. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal. To help you make the right choice based on your own priorities, we have devised a simple grading guide to be considered in conjunction with each individual property description, awarding up to a maximum of five stars for the below categories.


Property Grading Key:

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    Position, view, serenity, privacy

  • Comfort


    Space, style, overall furnishings

  • Facilities*


    Property enhancements

  • Amenities*


    Proximity to beaches, restaurants and shops

* For further clarification on Facilities and Amenities, please view the 'Details' tab for each property or speak to one of our experienced sales consultants.

With fishermen mending their nets by the harbour, Calvi’s maritime heritage remains intact. However, the town has gained a new lease of life in the cafés and bars along Quai Landry, linking the marina and the port, with stretches of beach beyond.

Inland, the unspoilt beauty of The Balagne tells a different story of mountain wildernesses and the island's unspoilt and uniquely fragrant maquis. Follow the Route des Artisans through terracotta-tiled hilltop villages, overlooking a landscape of forests and mountains, and you’ll also find that an excellent glass of local wine is never far away.

Choose a holiday in Calvi & The Balagne and one of our handpicked luxury villas or apartments will put you in the heart of this diversely beautiful destination.

Read more on our Calvi & The Balagne region page

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