Aiguilles de Bavella
Good for: hikes and great rustic food.
- southern Corsica
Lonely Planet review for Aiguilles de Bavella
The Col de Bavella (Bavella Pass) is overlooked by the imposing silhouette of one of the most striking and beautiful landscape features in the south of Corsica: the sharp points of Aiguilles de Bavella, also called the Bavella Needles. If you're lucky you may spot a few of the mouflons (wild mountain sheep) that sashay around the area.
The peaks, which rise to a height of more than 1600m (5250ft) and which are also known as the Cornes d'Asinao (Asinao Horns), are jagged points whose colour ranges from ochre to golden depending on the position of the sun in the sky. Behind these stone 'needles' looms the profile of Monte Incudine (2134m/7000ft), which the GR20 links to the Col de Bavella. From the pass you can see the statue of Notre Dame des Neiges (Our Lady of the Snows). The Bavella massif is a wonderful place for climbing, canyoning and walking. There is a high-mountain spur of the GR20 that splits off beyond Notre Dame des Neiges and allows you to approach the peaks.