Balagna

From the gorges of Asco, ruled over by the wild ‘mouflon’ sheep, proud symbols of the mountainous regions of Corsica, to the Désert des Agriates and the Fango valley, the charm and appeal of the Balagne region is undeniable. 

Set against the stunning backdrop of the island's highest peaks, its captivating villages - some dating back to the Middle Ages - tower above the glittering sea below.  Near two of the region's coastal villages (Calvi and Île Rousse) are a series of long, fine-sand beaches interspersed with rugged inlets, running south along the coast towards the peaceful golf course at Galeria.

This "island within the island" is a bright and refreshing landscape, enjoying prosperity since the dawn of time. The farmlands are awash with colours and aromas; olive groves and grapevines (which have been cultivated since antiquity), as well as orchards of almonds and peaches, and vast plantations of “Everlasting” flowers. Livestock farming and grazing also features prominently in the region's farming landscape.  The locals, known as les Balanins, are well-known for their creative flair, and are currently enjoying a resurgence in the popularity of ancient handcrafts. Over the last 50 years, an artisanal and artistic community has emerged in the area, giving local villages a fresh wave of energy and dynamism.

 

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Calvi Polyphonic Choral group performances / The "Estivoce" Festival (the world's most beautiful voices) / The Fango Biosphere Reserve / The Bonifato forest / The Saleccia Botanic Gardens / Various churches and chapels with Roman and Baroque artistic features. Walking trails, with 250 km of renovated pathways. Orgues Mountain (guided tours, heritage exploration, journeys of discovery and musical exploration). Reginu golf course. Inaugural edition of the SoMeRo event (world championships of Social Media Management).

 

DON'T MISS

  • Discovery Days, in the Saleccia Botanical Gardens during April.
  • The Santa Restituta fair, held in Calenzana at the end of May.
  • The Fiera di l’Alivu (Olive Fair), held in Montegrosso in Mid July.
  • La fête des vignerons (Winemakers Fair, featuring producers from Balagne to San Vincente), held in Calvi in late July.
  • The Fiera di l’Amandulu (Almond Fair), held in Aregno in early August.
  • The Ile-Rousse village fair, held in early October.
  • The Pottery, Kiln Crafts and Artisanal Fair (Fiera di u Focu), held in Costa around mid-August.
  • THE ARTISAN TRAIL / THE WINE TRAIL

 

INFO

www.balagne-corsica.com / Tourism Office / Calvi +33 (0)4 95 65 16 67

 

List of producers

Wine

Achille ACQUAVIVA

Domaine de la Figarella

Calvi PDO wines

  04.95.61.06.69 |   www.domaine-figarella.com

Marina ACQUAVIVA

Domaine A Ronca

PDO Calvi Wines

  06.87.55.55.45 |   www.aronca.fr

Pierre ACQUAVIVA

Domaine Alzipratu

Calvi PDO wines

  04.95.62.75.47 |   bureau@alzipratu.com |   www.domaine-alzipratu.com

Domaine Orsini

PDO Calvi Wines - Liqueurs - Aperitifs - Traditional Spirits - Jams - Confectionary

  04.95.62.81.01 |   www.vins-corse-orsini.com

Cathy PAOLINI

Clos Landry

Calvi PDO wines

  04.95.65.04.25 |   closlandry@wanadoo.fr

Camille-Anaïs RAOUST

Domaine Maestracci

Calvi PDO wines

  04.95.61.72.11 |   contact@domaine-maestracci.com |   www.domaine-maestracci.com

Bernard RENUCCI

Domaine Renucci

Calvi PDO wines

  04.95.61.71.08 |   domaine.renucci@wanadoo.fr |   www.domaine-renucci.com

Marjorie SPURR

Enclos Des Anges

Calvi PDO wines

  06.20.26.31.70 |   richard@enclosdesanges.fr

Etienne SUZZONI

Clos Culombu

PDO Calvi Wines

  04.95.60.70.68 |   culombu.suzzoni@wanadoo.fr |   www.closculombu.fr

Bernard VILLANOVA

Domaine Camellu

PDO Calvi Wines – Guest Cottages

  04.95.33.34.12 |   camellu@wanadoo.fr

Honey

Pierre-Henri CARBONI et Marie COLLIGNON

Gaec l'Arnaghju Di u Picciu

  06.46.46.95.47 |   carbonipierrehenri@hotmail.fr

Christian et Corinne AURENTY

Les Chasseurs de Miel

  06.70.99.33.30 |   les-chasseurs-de-miel@laposte.net

Marie COLLIGNON

De La Ruche aux Savons

  06.46.46.95.47 |   peanut188@hotmail.com et carboni.pierrehenri@hotmail.fr

Marie et Colin DUPRE

PDO honey – Fresh and dry pollen – Propolis

  04.95.65.07.74 |   dupref@wanadoo.fr

Jean-Claude GRAS

A Matricula

PDO Honey – Gingerbread – Sweets

  04.95.60.16.21 |   grasstella@orange.fr

Antoine NEGRETTI

PDO Honey

  04.95.60.66.77 |   suzanne.thereze@gmail.com

Animal farming, cured meats, cheeses

Nathalie Castellani

Gaec u Veranu

  06.16.22.74.13 |   nathalie.rossi20@orange.fr

David COSTA

Gaec Monte Padru

Farm goat cheese – PDO Brocciu

  06.42.78.91.53 |   david.costa2b@orange.fr

Paul-François DONSIMONI

L'Agriate

  06.45.28.58.77

Elsa MATTEI et Jean-Baptiste FILIPPI

Gaec L'Enferata

Traditional Goat’s Cheeses - PDO Brocciu

  06.79.80.98.02 / 06.31.12.50.27 |   jbelsa@yahoo.fr

François FONDACCI

Farm sheep cheese - PDO Brocciu

  06.16.82.57.00 |   juliacervoni@yahoo.fr

Barthèlèmy et jessica GUIDONI

Farm sheep cheese - PDO Brocciu

  06.77.07.17.76 / 06.23.21.16.19 |   barthelemy.guidoni@hotmail.fr

Sandrine SCHAEFFER et Jean-Louis GUIDONI

Bergerie de Frassigna

Farm goat cheese - Farm visit

  04.95.60.71.79 |   altore1@outlook.fr

Régine HEITZLER

Fresh sheep cheese

  06.12.77.38.90 |   regineheitzler@yahoo.fr

Laetitia SIMEONI et Jean-Baptiste GERONIMI

U Marsulinu

  06.14.21.12.28 |   laetitia.simeoni@orange.fr / jb-geronimi@hotmail.fr

Nicolas MANICCIA

U Filanciu

  06.37.07.24.39 |   corsicamani@hotmail.fr

Antoine, Alexandrine, Paul-Noël MASSONI

U Pastore

Traditional Ewe’s Milk cheeses

  06.42.46.32.52 |   antoine.massoni@nordnet.fr

Sebastien NOUVEAU

Boucherie Seb Viande

  04.95.62.71.51

Jean-François Orsini

Gaec A Petra Catinata

  06.64.04.69.81 |   orsinijean-francois@orange.fr

Paulette et Antoine POLI

U Casanu

  04.95.60.25.33 |   poli.paulette63@orange.fr

Jean-Christophe SAVELLI

Liccione

Goat's cheese - Brocciu PDO -Goat sale

  06.84.19.97.95 / 06.86.04.53.47 |   jean-christophe.savelli20260@orange.fr

Lisa et Jean Louis VILLANOVA

Domaine de Pelliciani

Farm sheep cheese

  04.95.65.22.38 |   villanovalisa@gmail.com

Around the olive tree and the chestnut tree

Dominique et David BICHON

Olivadia

PDO olive oil

  06.87.10.96.96 |   olivadia@wanadoo.fr

Stéphanie BOUYRIE

L'Ernaghju

  06.70.20.43.00 |   bouyrie.stephanie@gmail.com |   www.campingalafermecorse.fr

Frédéric DELENNE

Huile d'Olive Sant'Antonino

PDO olive oil –

  06.12.96.94.43 |   spuntinu@gmail.com

Pierre FLORCZYK

Le Moulin du Château -

  06.07.77.51.26 |   moulin-chateau@orange.fr

Rose HUBERT

Pietra Macchja

PDO Olive Oil – Organic Almonds Farmyard Campsite – Guest Cottages

  04.95.61.50.23 |   roselyne.hubert0436@orange.fr

Dominique RAINERI

PDO Olive oil

  06.81.18.75.49 |   raineri.dume@orange.fr

Around orchards and vegetable gardens

Olivier ANTONINI

Clos Antonini

Grape and citrus juices – Citrus jams – Wines – PDO Olive Oil

  04.95.61.76.83 |   olivier-antonini@wanadoo.fr

Emmanuelle FONDACCI

Organic seasonal vegetables -PDO olive oil

  06.08.16.64.02 |   paulmanue@wanadoo.fr

Jean-Pascal FONDACCI DE PAOLI

Amandule Nustrale

– Shelled almonds (roasted and salted)

  06.14.82.11.76 |   jpfondacci@sfr.fr

Renée KRAN

  04.95.61.81.91 |   robert.kran@wanadoo.fr

Yann-Antoine VAILLANT

L'Ortu di u Fiuminale

  06.33.46.14.26 |   yannantoinevaillant@gmail.com

Craftsmen

Cathy ASTOLFI

  06.46.21.84.66 |   cathy.astolfi@orange.fr |   www.cathy-astolfi.com

Jocelyne BOYER

Atelier Vetrarte

  06.83.59.07.71 |   atelierverarte@orange.fr |   www.atelier-vetrarte.fr

Antoine CAMPANA

Poterie de Corbara

Utilitarian, culinary and decorative stoneware.

  04.95.60.23.37 |   antoroland0521@orange.fr

David CAMPANA

Maître Verrier

Corsican glassware – Table Art – Unique Items

  04.95.61.73.05 |   d20225@hotmail.fr |   www.verrerie-corse.com

Hélène CANCELA

BdeH

  06.14.59.09.02 / 06.4021.69.27 |   helene.cancela@yahoo.fr |   www.creation-bijoux-corse.fr

Carole TRAMONI et Raphaël CAVALLERO

C'era una Volta

Hand-crafted ornaments (stone, metal, driftwood and Laricio Corsican pinewood)

  06.81.94.71.91 / 07.89.67.89.56 |   www.ceraunavolta.fr

Catherine D'ANGELI

Atelier Codolina

Ceramics / Raku ware and stoneware pottery

  06.03.10.46.99 |   codolina@orange.fr |   raku-codolina.over-blog.com / picasaweb.google.fr/CODOLINA

Carole FANET

Atelier Caruli

Ceramic utensils and ornamental items

  06.13.04.31.74 |   www.caruli.fr

Pierre-OLivier GENTON - ORSINI

A Casa Bella

Master glassmaker (stained glass, fusing, glass mosaics)

  04.95.48.35.89. |   acasabella20@yahoo.fr |   www.a-casa-bella.com

Rachel HOOG

La lézarde

  06.22.01.69.62 |   rachel.hoog.2b@gmail.com |   www.rachelhoog-lalezarde-corse.com

Annick RONY

Traditional Corsican basket-making

  06.75.02.83.80 |   rony-annick@orange.fr |   www.vanneriecorse.fr

Emma THOLLON

L'Albatros

Sculptures - Ceramic Arts

  04.95.34.37.91 |   emma.thollon@orange.fr |   www.albatros-ceramic.com

Virginie TORRELLI

Atraverre

Glass designer – Tableware – Decorations – Jewellery

  06.86.61.98.40 |   contact@atraverre.com |   www.atraverre.com

Aurore VAILLANT - FERRERI

L'attellu d'AV

  06.88.88.08.34 |   av_creation@yahoo.com

Culture/nature/well-being/leisure

Noëlle IROLLA et Milou CORTEGGIANI

Astratella

Organic essential oils Hydrolates Massage oils

  06.87.28.32.45 |   info@astratella.com

Olivier FONDACCI

Balagnane

  06.74.91.81.83 |   balagnane@gmail.com

Christelle LEANDRI

Ecce Dona

Organic cosmetics

  04.95.57.92.84. |   contact@donae.fr

Patrick RAVEL

A.S FIGARELLA

  06.23.65.73.16 |   savonneriefigarella@outlook.fr