Around Col de Bavella

  • Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Carolien Coenen 2
  • Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella - ©  flickr user Carolien Coenen 3
  • Col de Bavella  - © flickr user sharloch
  • Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Gilles Couteau
  • From the Col de Bavella - © flickr user Peter Rintels
  • Col de Bavella  - © flickr user A.v.Z
  • Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Gilles couteau 2
  • Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Terretta
  • col de bavella A.v.Z
  • Col de Bavella  - © Gilles Couteau
  • Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Carolien Coenen 4
  • Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Carolien Coenen 5
  • Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella - ©  flickr user Carolien Coenen 6
  • Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Carolien Coenen 7
  • Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Carolien Coenen
  • © giles Couteau

Key information: Around Col de Bavella

  • A pair of superb walks from this brilliantly located high col.
  • Marvellous maquis in thrilling scenery.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85.5
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma31.5
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85.5

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,315
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
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Cucuruzzu, Capula en Col de Bavella - ©  flickr user Carolien Coenen 3

WALK SUMMARY

Here is a pair of superb walks from the brilliantly located high Col de Bavella in  Corsica's southern mountains, surrounded by the sharpest of granite spikes and cliffs and the toughest of granite slopes, in crevices of which Corsican pines somehow manage to eke a living among some pretty weird formations.

You can stay a night or two near the col, taking the time to enjoy this stunning area.

A reasonably easy 6km/2hr+ circuit leads from the col south through rock and pine and flowering maquis to the amazing Trou de la Bombe, a huge hole in the cliffs of the high ridge, with an enormous drop and wide views the other side. 

Follow the famous GR20 eastward, through gorgeous forest and maquis, from the col to the Foce Finosa saddle, for exceptional views even by Corsica's standards back towards the famous Aiguilles de Bavella and eastward into a wildly rough valley. A bit more demanding, 5+km/approaching 3hrs.

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.

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Col de Bavella  - © flickr user Gilles Couteau

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From the Col de Bavella - © flickr user Peter Rintels...
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