Red granite rocks, fragrant pine and fur trees, and emerald-hued water basins make the Corsica Canyon not only a major beauty spot but also a natural adventure playground.
Situated in Bavella massif, known for its soaring pink peaks, Corsica Canyon is an hour’s drive away from Porto-Vecchio, meaning it's an ideal inland getaway for jetsetters on a Mediterranean yacht charter looking to swap sand and sea with wildly beautiful countryside for the day.
Consisting of three different canyons (Pulischellu, Purcaraccia and Vacca), it's prime territory for canyoning – the art of exploring a canyon by walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling, swimming or any other means necessary.
And it’s possible for experts and beginners alike to have a go, as instructors are available to guide visitors safely around the canyons, providing helmets, harnesses and other safety equipment. It makes for a great family day out, although children have to be eight years old and over to participate.
The easiest canyon to traverse and therefore the best for beginners or the more faint-hearted is Pulischellu. After a 30-minute ascent, the next two and a half hours can be spent sliding down rocks and jumping into basins surrounded by luscious greenery.
Incredibly scenic, Corsica’s Purcaraccia canyon features big slides, suspended sinks and two large waterfalls, measuring over 40 metres. The descent takes three hours and it rates as moderate on the difficulty scale.
Those looking for a challenge will be rewarded by the Vacca canyon. The hardest of the three courses, those who dare will come face to face with the Sulinzara River, and a series of jumps and swims as the canyon weaves its way past soaring rocky cliffs for three hours.