In the Alta Rocca region of Corse-du-Sud, 10km from Zonza and 30km from Solenzara, the Aiguilles de Bavella culminate at 1,600 metres, dominating the Massif of the same name at 1,243 metres. Their spiky appearance due to erosion, their colours ranging from red to grey dotted with pine trees twisted by the wind, present an amazing spectacle.
The Aiguilles (needles) are named Punta di Pargulu, Punta di a Vacca, Punta di l'Ariettu, Punta di l'Acellu. Bavella figures prominently on the route of the GR20 hiking path, from Cuscione to the refuge at Paliri, overlooking Tafonata di Paliri, a cavity 8m in diameter, also known as the Trou de la Bombe (bomb crater).
It is not rare to see mouflon and deer against this spectacular backdrop. It is also the realm of several species unique to Corsica like the Corsican brook salamander, a type of reddish-brown lizard, and the Corsican nuthatch, a tiny bird which lives in high mountains.
Sight-seeing at Bavella
The Aiguilles de Bavella are an amazing spectacle and there are several walks of all levels of difficulty around them. Don’t miss the statue of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges which stands on the top of a pile of stones near the Route du Col de Bavella, the famous « Trou de la Bombe (bomb crater) », the Purcaraccia stream, famous for its waterfalls and natural swimming pools. The name « Trou de la Bombe » stems from the fact that the hole resembles a bomb crater, although it is in reality a surprising geological curiosity. This pleasant walk in the shade of pine trees does not involve many ascents or descents.