our view from aboard Flirtie
Calvi is the place where Christopher Columbus was supposedly born. It is a lovely town, geared up very much for the tourist given the amount of souvenir and local produce shops around. The waterfront is lined with several bars and restaurants, crepieries, ice-cream parlours and several kiosks offering trips to the nature reserve and nearby Girolata.
A large medieval citadel overlooks the marina. Behind the walls houses are tightly packed along stairways and cobbled passages with a few artisan shops, bars and even more restaurants.
view from the citadel
The town and citadel are well worth a visit but the best view has to be from aboard Flirtie with the mountainous backdrop behind the town and a shoreline filled with green umbrella pines hiding a village of small wooden huts.
We stayed a few days longer than planned due to strong winds. It's been that windy that between the sun and the wind we generated a whopping 22 amps per hour for several hours, enough power to recharge everything and make water for several hours.
Snorkelling has been a great way to keep cool as we count the many star fish below us amongst the 'mooring stakes' that are on the seabed still waiting for chains and buoys to be attached. The windy conditions have bought out the more advanced windsurfers and hobie cats as they whizz past before being overpowered by either the wind or waves. We've also enjoyed our ever changing view as Flirtie dances around on her mooring buoy.
Several hours have also been spent planning our next ports as well as considering our winter options.
From a cruiser's point of view, our mooring cost €20 a night. Shower facilities are ashore but at an additional €2. There's a good size SuperU too with air-conditioning!