Key information: Spelunca Gorge
- This superb gorge between Evisa and Ota in the north-west is one of Corsica’s finest day walks.
- Walkopedia rating89
- Natural interest18
- Human interest6
- Negative points0
- Total rating89
- Length: 4+km, 3hrs down
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
This superb gorge walk (on the Mare e Monti route) between Evisa and Ota, inland from Porto on the north-west coast, is one of Corsica’s finest day walks, and that is saying something.
You can walk it either way, but downhill from Evisa is easier, unless you hate downhills!
After a gentle stroll down Evisa's main street, you turn right by a large tomb onto an ancient mule track. A 600m+ descent gets you to the river at 240m, often on fine old paving and some embanked switchbacks, and often hidden in the forest, which breaks up in places to bushy maquis. Viewpoints open up of huge, broken, pink cliffs receding to distant summits of 1,300m or more.
The gorge bottom walk is a delight, shady old paths always enlivened by the rushing river. There are superb swimming spots near the three sets of bridges, the last a slender Genoese effort of sublime grace.
Thence it is a good and reasonably gentle climb to hillside Ota, with its remarkable view across the river to a vast bowl of dramatic cliffs and towers. A perfect lunch spot is Chez Felix with its terrace views.
A short and easy alternative is to walk the gorge bottom from the road bridge to the old Pont de Zaglia in the gorge-bottom forest – and back again. 2hrs or so.
Note: beware of notorious summer thunderstorms, get away from risk areas if one approaches.
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WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk
Walkopedia walked this superb gorge walk downhill from Evisa.
After a gentle stroll down Evisa's main street, you turn right by a large tomb onto a path of such antiquity that, given that it is the best nearby way down into the gorge, it could have been in use for 5,000 years.
A 600m+ descent gets you to the river at 240m, often on fine old paving and some embanked switchbacks, and often hidden in the forest, which breaks up in places to bushy maquis. Viewpoints open up of huge pink cliffs receding to 1,300m or more.
The gorge bottom walk is a delight,.....READ MORE
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