Corsica 2014 – Day 6

We headed off in the morning up the Col di Bavella on our bikes from our campsite just outside of Zonza. We had a quick approx. 600 m climb to the pass where we had a bite to eat and tried to avoid the hordes of tourists. Then we went for a wander along part of the GR20 walk. We headed up to a col first, past an interesting looking sport climbing crag. We then picked our way up and down over rocky (and according to Leonie spooky) terrain towards another col (Bocca Pargulu). We were in billowy cloud the entire time. Occasionally we’d get glimpses of the mountains ahead and then the they’d vanish. It probably added to the walk though, rather than detracting from it. The cloud vanished at the second col and we descended and finished the loop-track in the sun. It was then just a quick descent from the pass back down to our campsite.

 

Taking a break (Corsica)Leonie at Col de Bavella (Corsica)

Above left: We jumped back on the bikes in the morning and road up the pass for some more wandering fun. Above right: We locked our bikes at the pass, had a bite to eat, and went strolling.

Posing (Corsica)Going for a walk (Corsica)Bit of a scramble (Corsica)

Above left: Some more posing was done. Above middle: We headed up  to another col above the first pass. Above right: I did a bit of rock scrambling.

Leonie and chain (Corsica)The mist clears (Corsica)Leonie and mist (Corsica)

Above left: Leonie also did some rock scrambling. There was a section with a chain which we had to climb down. Above middle: It had been very foggy but at one point the fog suddenly cleared and we could see all the funky things around us. Above right: But then the fog came back again.

Leonie at Bocca Pargulu (Corsica)

Above: We reached another pass and did some more posing.

Corsica 2014 – Day 5

We left Porto in the morning and headed South along the coast. We probably got 5 km away before the prettiness overwhelmed us and we had to stop. We unpacked the bikes and rode back to a nice stretch of road with steep red rock cliffs all around. We locked the bikes and went walking in the hills for an hour or so. Then it was onwards further South and then back into the hills to Zonza. We stayed the night there.

More rocks (Corsica)Leonie and rocks (Corsica)

Above left: We set off in the morning for a quick ride along the coast before having some yummy fruit and yoghurt for breakfast back at the camp. Then it was into the car and we cruised off until we found these very funky rocks. So funky that Leonie went and bumped her head hard against them. Above right: Leonie did some posing.

View out to sea (Corsica)View from the coast (Corsica)

Above left: We locked our bikes below on the road and went for a walk up into the hills a bit. Lots more funky rocks and we had a nice view back out to the coast. We returned to our bikes and road back to where the car was parked and drove onwards. Above right: The coast had pretty looking water but it was so hot and the sun so intense that we didn’t venture down to the beaches.

Camping amongst the pines (Corsica)

Above: We drove on to Zonza and camped the night there at a camp site in a pine forest.

Corsica 2014 – Day 4

After two fairly lazy days we got up early and headed from our campsite in Porto back up to the pass we had driven over yesterday (Col de Vergio 1467m). We left at 8 am and since we were on the West side of the island the sun took a while to pop up over the mountains, which was good. We took advantage of this and the first couple of hours of riding were very pleasant. The rode wound its way up beside the amazing looking canyon of red coloured rock until we lost view of it once we entered the pine forest that the road climbs through to the pass. After about 3 hours of enjoyable riding and an ice cream along the way we were there.

We locked the bikes at the pass and grabbed a bite to eat. Then we headed off for a little amble into the mountains. The mountains above the pass were a jumble of slabby rocks. Very impressive. We clambered around on them for a bit until we got to a good vantage point where we could admire the view back over to the lake near where we camped on Day 2. A wander back down to the bikes and then an almost 1500 m descent back down to our campsite at sea level in Porto.

Another hot day but very bearable due to our cunning leaving-early trick. Will have to try that one again.

Riding (Corsica)More little pigs (Corsica)

Above left: We headed off back up the pass we had driven over the day before. Above right: These little pigs were looking for breakfast.

Cris on his bike (Corsica)Leonie on her bike (Corsica)

Above left: We rode back up the gorgeous gorge. Above right: Posing all the way.

Dangerous stairway to heaven (Corsica)Bikes (Corsica)Little village (Corsica)

Above left: We stopped in a small village on the way up for a bite to eat and an icecream. There we discovered this interesting stair case. Above middle: Two bikes and a door. Above right: This was the view back towards the town.

Rock piles (Corsica)At the pass (Corsica)

Above left: And here’s a particularly religious bit. Above right: We reached the pass and dumped our bikes and went for a bit of a stroll in the hills.

Hiding under a rock (Corsica)Leonie in the evening (Corsica)

Above left: The hills were filled with funky rocks and we had a view back towards the lake near we had camped. Above right: Back at the camp site we went for a wander in the evening.

Sunset (Corsica)

Above: And found a nice sunset and some rocks to scramble around.

Corsica 2014 – Day 3

The day dawned much cooler as it had rained in the evening last night. Despite having been fed up with Corsica due to the heat and burnt scenery we drove onward towards Porto expecting to drive back in the evening to catch our bail out ferry the next day. As we drove though, the scenery improved and it stayed at a reasonable temperature. We were soon driving through a cool pine forest. Then we arrived on a pass with rocky mountains all around and a view down a big valley full of pines and more funky rocks. After a quick snack below the pass we drove down and were more and more impressed with what we saw. An awesome deep canyon was on our right with amazing red rock. We could see glimpses of the sea from the road and we descended into a little coastal town Porto.

We then continued along the coast heading North. The road was truly impressive, narrow, with big drops down from red rock pillars on either side of the road, through green vegetation to the deep blue sea below. It would be amazing to ride. We drove on to the Fongo valley where we parked the car and walked along a fantastic river filled with deep swimming holes. The water was very warm, warm enough that I could lazily swim backwards and forwards for some time, jumping from the rocks occasionally. We spent the afternoon at the river and I floated and plunged down the length of it on our return to the car. Very very nice.

We drove back to Porto in the evening and camped there.

 

Little pig, little pig (Corsica)Canyon (Corsica)

Above left: We drove on the next day with the plan to head back to the ferry in the evening. However, as we drove, things improved. Which is not at all related to this photo… The road often had piggies, or some other animals on either side, and often in the middle. Above right: Anyway, we had driven through forest which was nice and cool and this made us think that Corsica wasn’t actually so bad. Then we found an amazing rocky canyon, which made us think it was really quite good.

Smiley Leonie (Corsica)Cris and Leonie smiling (Corsica)

Above left: So much so that Leonie smiled. Above right: And then we both smiled.

 

Leonie and sea behind (Corsica)View down to the water (Corsica)

Above left: We drove from our camp to Porto on the West Coast of the island. The canyon above Porto, the roads, and views to the sea near the town were amazing. Above right: Did I mention the views from the road were fantastic.Corsica, great place.

Cris diving (Corsica)Leonie in the water (Corsica)

Above left: We headed off to the Fango valley as we had read that there were good swimming opportunities there. There certainly was… There was a river with deliciously warm water and lots of pools to jump in to. Above right: Even Leonie broke out her bikini.

Cris floating down the river (Corsica)View of the river (Corsica)Mr goat (Corsica)

Above left: And I swam back down the river. Above middle: It looks quite nice doesn’t it? Above right: We got acquainted with the wildlife on the way back to Porto in the evening.

Beach (Corsica)

Above: We had a hunt for camping at this beach but the camp ground had closed. The beach was still looking pretty good though.

Corsica 2014 – Day 2

We left our camp site in the morning and drove South heading into the hills where we thought it would be cooler. It wasn’t. It was extremely hot, dry and barren. We found a camp site as far up as we could and went for a walk in the early evening. There were some cool rock formations and things to amuse us. However, in the evening we decided that we’d rather risk the weather in Slovenia and booked a ferry for the fourth day back to Italy.

Picnic at the camp site (Corsica)Nosey (Corsica)

Above left: We found a camping ground as high as we could at around 1900 m. Unfortunately it was still really hot. Fed up with the place we booked a ferry back to Italy in the evening. Above right: However, before doing this we had a bit of fun in the hills.

Mr Lizard (Corsica)Cris jumping (Corsica)

Above left: The island was full of these little guys. Above right: We went for a walk in the hills and found some rocks to amuse ourselves on.

Going for a walk (Corsica)Leonie and a rock (Corsica)

Above left: Leonie in walking mode. It was a little cooler by this time. Above right: We found more rocks for posing.