2013 looks to be a good year for Corsica (and for us) with bookings well up on last year and lots of fascinating events to look forward to. Here’s a quick run down of some of the events and what’s new on the island for 2013.
The Tour de France hits Corsica for the first time (29th June – 1st July 2013)
I know we’ve mentioned it a few times, but this really is big news for the island and we can’t wait to see footage of the event – the whole world will get to see just how beautiful (and challenging for cyclists) Corsica is. We’ve had lots of enquiries from people wanting to be on the island during this time so if you are considering a trip it’s worth booking soon before the best flights and accommodation are sold. To celebrate we are carrying a limited number of bikes for free on our Stansted-Calvi flight so you can follow in the riders’ footsteps (or whatever the cycling equivalent is!). We have also introduced cycling holiday itineraries, one which of which retraces stage 3 of the tour – find out more.
Calvi Jazz Festival (19th – 23rd June 2013)
This year the Calvi Jazz Festival features the Glenn Ambassadors Big Band, a tribute to Glenn Miller, as well as the Calvi Soul Band and many other performers. As well as the ticketed concerts, the streets of Calvi become stages for impromptu jamming sessions. Tickets go on sale 1st March. Find accommodation in Calvi
Calvi on the Rocks (5th – 10th July 2013)
Calvi on the Rocks is an outdoor dance festival with four outdoor stages on the beaches of Calvi. This annual festival was founded in 2003 and includes both ticketed evening events and free day parties. The line-up for this year is yet to be announced, but previous acts have included Foals, The Rapture and Laurent Garnier. Find accommodation in Calvi
Les Nuits de la Guitare in Patrimonio (19th – 26th July 2013)
Each summer this tiny village of just 600 inhabitants hosts an 8-day guitar festival which in the past has attracted some big names such as Iggy and the Stooges, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Joe Cocker, Tracy Chapman, Simple Minds, Robert Plant and The Beach Boys as well as many Corsican and international artists. The full line-up for 2013 hasn’t been announced yet, but should be soon. Keep an eye out and buy tickets online. We have a few villas in the village or close by including La Maison de Marie, Villa les Oliviers, U Quercu, Villa di Ceppo.
Rencontres Polyphoniques in Calvi (10th – 14th September 2013)
A celebration of this unique Corsican singing held in the ancient buildings and cobbled streets of Calvi Citadel. There are ticketed events each evening as well as busking on the streets. You can read more about the festival from Kathryn Burrington who attended the festival a couple of years ago and see some of her photographs.
A Fiera di U Casgiu in Venaco (4th – 5th May 2013)
Rick Stein visited this rural cheese fair on for his BBC programme ‘Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes’ and it’s a chance to see and sample some of the traditional local produce. The event is held in the village of Venaco near Corte in central Corsica where there are a couple of good hotels.
Porto Latino in St Florent: (3rd – 6th August 2013)
During this 4-day Latin festival there are nightly open-air concerts in St Florent Citadel. This year’s line-up hasn’t been announced yet but to find out more visit the festival website or watch this video for an idea of what it’s all about. And if you’re interested in staying nearby, here are some properties we’d recommend.