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The picturesque town of Calvi is fifth largest on the northwest coast of French Mediterranean island of Corsica. This prominent port town has seen Roman, Genoese and British occupation, and as such is an amalgam of striking art and architecture. A wonderful centre of Corsican culture, art and tradition, Calvi takes visitors on a trip into the past, kept alive today by the ancient monuments, grand churches, elegant buildings and squares which have been carefully maintained in all their past beauty and splendor. Probably the main reasons tourists decide on the island as their favourite holiday destination are the pristine Corsica beaches. With more than 200 beaches along 1,000km of coastline, some 2000-plus plant species and an international marine reserve, Corsica has plenty of natural attractions. In spring, when the native marquis scrub blooms, the island’s a riot of colour and, in autumn, the hilltop villages come to life for the chestnut harvest.