Private Corsica Sightseeing Tour: Bavella Peaks and Mountain Village of Zonza
Bonifacio, Corsica, France
- Route de Bavella: This narrow, ever-twisting roadway travels past the lovely Solenzara River and then snakes up into magnificent mountain landscapes.
- Bavella Needles: Rising more than 5,000 feet from the surrounding pine forests, these jagged, pointy stone peaks are softened with gentle hues of gold and ochre.
- Zonza: Against a mountain backdrop, this quaint village features a picturesque town square, shops, cafes, and stone buildings dating from the 17th century.
About this Bonifacio tour
Corsica's rocky needles, cliffs, and spires have earned it the name "mountain in the sea." You've come ashore on the most mountainous of all the Mediterranean islands, and this tour explores what lies beyond the coast.
An impressive landscape reveals the story of this beautiful island. The long, tall spine of granite that forms its backbone was caused by a geological cataclysm about 250 million years ago, followed by upheavals that thrust sedimentary rock against the island's east side. Then erosion began its patient work, carving the island into rows of deep valleys and steep, monumental peaks.
The land shaped the life of its people, who lived proudly and independently in their valleys, largely untouched by 3,000 years of conflict that saw a succession of powers vying for control of the Mediterranean. Corsica has belonged to France for more than two centuries now (except for a year of Italian rule during World War II). Yet Corsicans retain a spirit of independence that rises like the terrain the farther you get from the coasts.
The mountain villages at the center of the island are only about 20 miles from the coasts and their popular resorts, but the way of life is worlds apart. You'll catch the aromas of pine and wild thyme on the breeze, and perhaps spot wild mouflon, the descendants of sheep that escaped domestication centuries ago. More surprises await among the jagged peaks. Unlike most travelers, who know Corsica only as sunny stretches of perfect sand, you're going deep into its wild and rugged heart.
Signs of discontent
Although Corsica has been a region of France since 1768, the 20th century saw the rise of a nationalist movement that seeks greater autonomy and more protection for the Corsican language (closer to Italian than French) and culture. While largely peaceful, some nationalists make a strong visual statement, using spray paint to obliterate French from the island's bilingual road signs.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
There are some great views seen along your drive. If taking pictures from the van, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can.
This tour involves a minimal of walking with some steps to climb. It is suitable for travelers with limited mobility, able to get on and off the bus without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Scenic, Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
You will travel along winding roads with cliff-side views. If you suffer from motion-sickness, vertigo or have a fear of heights, you may need to take precautions ahead of time. The views are stunning but you may need to close your eyes periodically.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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