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For the musical instrument, see Zilia (instrument).
A general view of Zilia
A general view of Zilia
Zilia is located in France
Coordinates: 42°31′52″N 8°54′06″E / 42.5311°N 8.9017°E / 42.5311; 8.9017Coordinates: 42°31′52″N 8°54′06″E / 42.5311°N 8.9017°E / 42.5311; 8.9017
Country France
Region Corsica
Department Haute-Corse
Arrondissement Calvi
Canton Calenzana
Intercommunality Calvi Balagne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Santelli
Area1 14.01 km2 (5.41 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 240
 • Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 2B361 / 20214
Elevation 172–1,935 m (564–6,348 ft)
(avg. 400 m or 1,300 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Zilia is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.


The municipality is part of the canton of Calenzana. Its area is 1401ha which includes 700ha of woods. The village itself is situated at an altitude of 278m at the foot of the Monte Grosso (1 938 m) 7 km north-east of Calvi, the capital.

One road, the D 151, serves the village and links it directly to Calenzana and Montegrosso.


Zilia is known for both vineyards as well a mineral spring which was operated before 1914 and again recently. The water sells throughout the island under the name of Zilia bottled water, both flat and carbonated.

The village suffered a huge fire on the night of 31 June 2005 at Calenzana and destroyed 1500ha of vegetation including many old olive trees in Balagne.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 302 —    
1968 311 +3.0%
1975 253 −18.6%
1982 237 −6.3%
1990 179 −24.5%
1999 212 +18.4%
2008 240 +13.2%

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