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 |   domainefigarella@wanadoo.fr

Marina ACQUAVIVA

Domaine A Ronca

PDO Calvi Wines

  06.87.55.55.45 |   domainearonca@gmail.com |   www.aronca.fr |   @domainearonca

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

Marc-Antoine & Bernard VILLANOVA

Domaine Camellu

PDO Calvi Wines – Guest Cottages

  04.95.33.34.12 |   domainecamellu8@gmail.com |   @100042203118507

Honey

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 - miels.pelliciani@gmail.com |   www.lesmielsdecolin.com

Jean-Claude GRAS

A Matricula

PDO Honey – Gingerbread – Sweets

  0678485048/0680443383 |   grasstella@orange.fr

Pierre-Henri CARBONI et Marie COLLIGNON

Gaec l'Arnaghju Di u Picciu

  06.46.46.95.47 |   carbonipierrehenri@hotmail.fr

Antoine NEGRETTI

PDO Honey

  04.95.60.66.77 |   suzanne.thereze@gmail.com

Newlove et Yves TERCE

Miel de la Figarella

  06 14 55 20 20 |   figarella@yahoo.fr |   miel.figarella.free.fr

Animal farming, cured meats, cheeses

Dominique ALLEGRINI

Fromagerie Allegrini

  06.11.05.73.89 |   exploitation.allegrini@gmail.com

Nathalie CASTELLANI

L'ANGHJULESCU

  06.16.22.74.13 |   nathalie.rossi20@orange.fr

Pierre-Nicolas CONNAULT

L'Eredu

  0637239129 |   pierre-nicolas.connault@orange.fr |   @100093329643683

David COSTA

Gaec Monte Padru

Farm goat cheese – PDO Brocciu

  06.42.78.91.53 |   david.costa2b@orange.fr

François FONDACCI

Farm sheep cheese - PDO Brocciu

  06.73.80.95.17 |   françoisfondacci@yahoo.fr

Barthèlèmy & Jessica GUIDONI

Farm sheep cheese - PDO Brocciu

  06.23.21.16.19 |   barthelemy.guidoni@hotmail.fr

Josepha VILLANOVA et Fabien COINTREL

O' Paradiso Ranch

  06.23.92.17.54 |   paradisuranch@gmail.com

Jean-Baptiste GERONIMI et Laetitia SIMEONI

U Marsulinu

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

Noël LICCIA

L'Aghja

  06.47.03.21.20 |   noel.liccia@orange.fr

Nicolas MANICCIA

U Filanciu

  06.37.07.24.39 |   corsicamani@hotmail.fr

Laetitia MASSIMI

Exploitation Pinzutella

  06.77.48.23.09 |   laetitia.massimi@gmail.com

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

Thierry CERVONI & Régine HEITZLER

U FRESCU

Fresh sheep cheese

  06.12.77.38.90 |   regineheitzler@yahoo.fr

GAEC LAMA SAMMARCELLI ANGELI

L'OSTRICONI

  06.10.55.71.14 |   sammarcelli.jf@gmail.com

Serena SANNA

Santa Vena

  06.58.92.92.50 |   serenasc18@gmail.com

Jean-Christophe SAVELLI

Liccione

Goat's cheese - Brocciu PDO -Goat sale

  06.86.04.53.47 |   jean-christophe.savelli20260@orange.fr

Sandrine SCHAEFFER

Bergerie de Frassigna

Farm goat cheese - Farm visit

  04.95.60.71.79 |   altore1@outlook.fr

Pierre Antoine et Laura SUSINI

E Canne

  07 72 39 58 05 - 06 87 31 73 09 |   pierreantoine.susini@hotmail.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

Olivier ANTONINI

Clos Antonini

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

  04.95.61.76.83 |   olivier-antonini@wanadoo.fr

Dominique et David BICHON

Olivadia

PDO olive oil

  06.87.10.96.96 |   olivadia@wanadoo.fr

Camille COMTE

Domaine Comte Santucci

  06.61.18.19.89 |   camille.comte1gmail.com

Pierre FLORCZYK

Le Moulin du Château -

  06.07.77.51.26 |   moulin-chateau@orange.fr

François ORABONA

Domaine du Reginu

  06.60.54.92.82 |   info@domainedureginu.fr |   @www.domainedureginu.fr |   @www.domainedureginufr

Dominique RAINERI

PDO Olive oil

  06.81.18.75.49 |   raineri.dume@orange.fr

Around orchards and vegetable gardens

Jean-Pascal FONDACCI DE PAOLI

Amandule Nustrale

– Shelled almonds (roasted and salted)

  06.14.82.11.76 |   jpfondacci@sfr.fr

Jean-Luc GERONIMI

L'Ortu di Babbò

  06.77.86.48.52 |   lortudibabbÒ@gmail.com |   @L'Ortu di BabbÒ |   @L'Ortu di BabbÒ

Georges et Andréa GARSI GINOUX CALASSA

Earl è grotelle

  07 86 82 71 26 |   georges.2b.gg@gmail.com

Renée KRAN

  04.95.61.81.91 |   robert.kran@wanadoo.fr

Tapias Florence et Pons Palma

Clos Calvese - Maison Agricole

  06.03.80.64.18 |   closcalvese@gmail.com |   @@closcalvese |   @100083366317665

Yann-Antoine VAILLANT

L'Ortu di u Fiuminale

  06.33.46.14.26 |   yannantoinevaillant@gmail.com

Craftsmen

Jocelyne BOYER

Atelier Vetrarte

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

Antoine CAMPANA

Poterie de Corbara

Utilitarian, culinary and decorative stoneware.

  04.95.60.23.37 |   antoroland0521@orange.fr

Hélène CANCELA

BdeH

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

Carole TRAMONI & CAVALLERO Raphaël

C'era una Volta

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

  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

Gilles GARCIA

A Funderia

  06.79.07.31.62 |   gillu@gmail.com

Carole MALLET

Atelier Mano à Mano

  06.14.54.91.88 |   zouni08@hotmail.com |   manoamano-mineraux.com |   @manoamano

Annick RONY

Traditional Corsican basket-making

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

Virginie TORRELLI

Atraverre

Glass designer – Tableware – Decorations – Jewellery

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

Aurore VAILLANT - FERRERI

L'attellu d'AV

  06.88.88.08.34 |   av_creation@yahoo.com

Carine VUILLEQUEZ

A Terrissage

  06 72 71 86 01 |   carine.vuillequez72@gmail.com

Restaurants & guest houses, farm & cottage holidays

Chantal CONNAULT

Casa Nustrale

  06.82.10.48.97 |   casa.nustrale@gmail.com |   www.casa.nustrale.com

Emmanuelle FONDACCI

Organic seasonal vegetables -PDO olive oil - Farm Camping

  06.08.16.64.02 |   manue.fondacci@gmail.com

Rose HUBERT

Pietra Macchja

PDO Olive Oil – Organic Almonds Farmyard Campsite – Guest Cottages

  04.95.61.50.23 |   roselyne.hubert0436@orange.fr

Culture/nature/well-being/leisure

Stéphanie BOUYRIE

L'Ernaghju

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

Julien FAUCONNIER

  06.26.76.55.63 |   julien.fauconnier@gmail.com

Olivier FONDACCI

Balagnane

  06.74.91.81.83 |   balagnane@gmail.com

Christelle LEANDRI

Donna è

Organic cosmetics

  04.95.57.92.84 |   contact@donnae.fr |   www.donnae.fr |   @donnae.cosmebio

Milou IROLLA et Noëlle CORTEGGIANI

Astratella

Organic essential oils Hydrolates Massage oils

  06.87.28.32.45 |   info@astratella.com

Laetitia PINELLI

Senteurs de Corse

  06 78 71 33 14 |   senteurs-de-corse@hotmail.fr |   @senteursdecorse

Patrick RAVEL

A.S FIGARELLA

  06.23.65.73.16 |   sophieravel@hotmail.fr |   www.savonnerie-figarella.com |   @100051402707345