Spelunca Gorge

  • Path down into gorge - © William Mackesy
  • Evisa from upper town - © William Mackesy
  • Above gorge to Ota - © William Mackesy
  • From path down into gorge - © William Mackesy
  • Path down into gorge - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Zaglia bridge deep in gorge - © William Mackesy
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  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Gorge bottom - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Up side valley to north - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • gorge-bottom bridge - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  •  Path up to Ota - © William Mackesy
  •  back up gorge from near Ota - © William Mackesy
  • Capu d"Orta from Ota - © William Mackesy
  • reward for good walk, Ot - © William Mackesy
  • Ota - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Spelunca Gorge

  • This superb gorge between Evisa and Ota in the north-west is one of Corsica’s finest day walks.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating89
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating89

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 4+km, 3hrs down
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Gorge bottom - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

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.

Key book: Cicerone’s Walking in Corsica. Find these and other books on Amazon.

SEE OUR CORSICA PAGE FOR DETAILED GENERAL AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION.

 

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,.....

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Up side valley to north - © William Mackesy

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gorge-bottom bridge - © William Mackesy...
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