Col de Bavella
7 Oct 2017    Cars, Corsica, Hikes, Zonza, France 
Col de Bavella   
7 Oct 2017    Cars, Corsica, Hikes, Zonza, France   
 
 
 
 

Today we drove to a nearby mountain pass, hiked out to an odd rock formation, then ate a delicious lunch on a patio overlooking mountains, the Mediterranean, and the island of Elba.

About 15 minutes from Zonza is the Col de Bavella, a 1,218 m pass that offers great views of the Aiguilles (needles) de Bavella. The Aiguilles are rocky spikes of red granite. The col also offers several trailheads (the GR20 passes through) as well as accommodations and restaurants. The hike to our destination, the Trou de la Bombe, starts at the Col. It is an easy hike out to an interesting hole in a rock face.

We returned to our hotel in Zonza just in time for me to catch the last few cars in the Tour de Corse.

 
 
 
 
Hotel du Tourisme in Zonza
     
 
 
 
Hotel du Tourisme in Zonza
     
 
 
 
Hotel du Tourisme in Zonza
     
 
 
The trail to Trou de la Bombe
     
 
 
 
The trail to Trou de la Bombe
     
 
 
 
The trail to Trou de la Bombe
     
 
 
The Aiguilles de Bavella
     
 
 
 
The Aiguilles de Bavella
     
 
 
 
The Aiguilles de Bavella
     
 
 
Rocky landscape near Col de Bavelle
     
 
 
 
Rocky landscape near Col de Bavelle
     
 
 
 
Rocky landscape near Col de Bavelle
     
 
 
Paul climbing at Trou de la Bombe
     
 
 
 
Paul climbing at Trou de la Bombe
     
 
 
 
Paul climbing at Trou de la Bombe
     
 
 
Yours truly hiking in Corsica
     
 
 
 
Yours truly hiking in Corsica
     
 
 
 
Yours truly hiking in Corsica
     
 
 
Paul and chapel at Col de Bavella
     
 
 
 
Paul and chapel at Col de Bavella
     
 
 
 
Paul and chapel at Col de Bavella
     
 
 
Lunch in the Village de Bavella
     
The Aiguilles (needles) de Bavella are to the left. In the distance is the Mediterranean and the island of Elba.
 
 
 
Lunch in the Village de Bavella
     
The Aiguilles (needles) de Bavella are to the left. In the distance is the Mediterranean and the island of Elba.
 
 
 
Lunch in the Village de Bavella
     
The Aiguilles (needles) de Bavella are to the left. In the distance is the Mediterranean and the island of Elba.
 
 
The Tour de Corse passing through Zonza
     
Unlike the Porto leg this leg doesn’t feature a closed highway. So the racers share the roads with the public. By the time we got back to Zonza most of the cars in today's leg of the Tour de Corse had passed. Still, I walked from our apartment to the center of town (this took about 1 minute) where there were no spectators just a few support vehicles – largely Porshe SUVs – as well as drivers and support staff. I crossed the street and then sat on a wall where I hoped to capture a few of the laggards slower cars as they came into town.
 
 
 
The Tour de Corse passing through Zonza
     
Unlike the Porto leg this leg doesn’t feature a closed highway. So the racers share the roads with the public. By the time we got back to Zonza most of the cars in today's leg of the Tour de Corse had passed. Still, I walked from our apartment to the center of town (this took about 1 minute) where there were no spectators just a few support vehicles – largely Porshe SUVs – as well as drivers and support staff. I crossed the street and then sat on a wall where I hoped to capture a few of the laggards slower cars as they came into town.
 
 
 
The Tour de Corse passing through Zonza
     
Unlike the Porto leg this leg doesn’t feature a closed highway. So the racers share the roads with the public. By the time we got back to Zonza most of the cars in today's leg of the Tour de Corse had passed. Still, I walked from our apartment to the center of town (this took about 1 minute) where there were no spectators just a few support vehicles – largely Porshe SUVs – as well as drivers and support staff. I crossed the street and then sat on a wall where I hoped to capture a few of the laggards slower cars as they came into town.
 
 
A blue racer
     
 
 
 
A blue racer
     
 
 
 
A blue racer
     
 
 
Tour de Corse' Mini Cooper
     
 
 
 
Tour de Corse' Mini Cooper
     
 
 
 
Tour de Corse' Mini Cooper