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Top 9 Canyoning Spots in Corsica

[last updated on 11 June 2021]  Corsica, with its Mediterranean climate, white sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise water is where we’re taking you to discover the Top 9 canyoning spots in Corsica. This beautiful island is the most mountainous in the Mediterranean Sea and full of luminous gorges, delightful rock slides, and breathtaking cliffs. Canyoning is definitely an outdoor activity you must try when in Corsica.

We hand-picked the best canyons on all Corsica Island, so you can choose from the very best only! Good to know: in almost all canyons, the jumps are not mandatory and have alternative roads to them! Please note that your guide will adapt the course based on your level, so you don’t have to worry about jumping from 20 meters if you are a beginner!

You will find all the spots on Corsica’s map below!

1- La Richiusa Canyon in Bocognano 

Canyoning Richiusa Canyon in Bocognano near Ajaccio

First up on the top 9 canyoning spots in Corsica is La Richiusa Canyon, near Ajaccio. It is considered one of the most famous canyons in all of Corsica. Excursions at La Richiusa Canyon in Bocognano require a short 45-minute walk to the starting point and a 15-minute walk back at the end. Here, beginners can discover the thrill of canyoning! Overall, this is a great spot to discover canyoning in a beautiful mountain setting.

  • Highest Jump: 8 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 15 meters
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 4 hours
  • Physical Condition Required: Occasionally sporty to Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 9 years old

2- Canyon of Pulischellu in Bavella

Woman jumping for Canyoning Pulischellu in Corsica

The Pulischellu Canyon is not only perfect for beginners, but it is also a great ride for people looking for some adventure. This canyon is located in the Aiguilles de Bavella in the South of Corsica. In the Canyon of Pulischellu in Bavella, you will be able to witness crystal clear water and beautiful landscapes.  To get to the canyon, you will have a 30-minute walk but only a 5 minutes walk for the return.

  • Highest Jump: 22 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 9 meters 
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 3 hours
  • Physical Condition Required: Occasionally sporty
  • Minimum Age: 8 years old

3- Canyon of Purcaraccia in Bavella

Canyon de Purcaraccia in Corsica

The Purcaracca Canyon is a very fun and athletic canyon. You will get to discover the Corsican landscapes by swimming, jumping, abseiling, and sliding!  This spot is located in Southern Corsica, near Solenza and Zonza villages. To get to the starting point of the Canyon of Purcaraccia in Bavella, you will have a long walk and a 30mn walk to go back. 

  • Highest Jump: 40 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 40 meters 
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 3 hours
  • Physical Condition Required: Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old

4- Canyon of La Vacca in Bavella

Canyon of La Vacca in Bavella in Corsica

The Canyon of La Vacca in Bavella, crossed by the most beautiful river of Corsica, the Sulinzara, is located in one of the most photographed parts of the island. Between these rocky walls, you will enjoy jumping and swimming. This canyoning excursion will make you live an unforgettable experience, for which you only need to walk 40mn to get to the canyon’s starting point.

  • Highest Jump: 12 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 12 meters 
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 3 hours
  • Physical Condition Required: Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 12 years old

5- Verghellu Canyon near Corte

People Canyoning in Verghellu, Corsica

Verghellu Canyon is one of Corsica’s most enjoyable canyons. Everything is set up so that you have a good time, yet it isn’t too challenging. The canyon is located between Venaco and Vivario in the Verghellu valley. After a 20-minute walk to get there, you’ll experience all the canyoning: jumps, slides, abseiling, zip-lining, and so on. And returning to the meeting spot after the hike will only take you 3 minutes!

  • Highest Jump: 8 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 15 meters 
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 4 hours
  • Physical Condition Required: Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old

6- Canyon descent from Baracci to Propriano

Man abseiling in Baracci Canyon

The Baracci Canyoning Course is located 10 minutes from Propriano and is a true sanctuary of freshness close to the sea; it is one of the region’s most lively, with several drops (not mandatory), natural slides, abseils, obstacles, a monkey bridge, and, to top it all off, a zip line at the conclusion of the course. 

  • Highest Jump: 8 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 30 meters
  • Duration of the Activity: 2 h 45
  • Physical Condition Required: Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old

7 -Descent of the Dardu canyon in Piana

Descent from Dardu canyon in Piana, Corsica

Come and discover the spectacular Dardu canyon, located in the heart of the Piana streams and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during a canyoning adventure with a guide. This vast canyon between the sea and the mountains is one of the most well-known on the island of Corsica for its beauty, rich biodiversity, and variety of challenges.

  • Highest Jump: 31 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 25 meters
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 4 hours
  • Physical Condition Required: Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old

And for a full-day adventure of up to 7 hours, you can opt for the complete descent of the Dardu Canyon where you will end up in the beautiful creeks at the sea. From there, a boat will take you back to the fishing port of Porto, given the sea allows it.

8- Canyoning excursions from Ponte Leccia

Canyoning excursions from Ponte Leccia, Corsica

During your Canyoning excursion from Ponte Leccia options range from beginner up to advanced. On beginner courses, all the obstacles are optional. Advanced options last all the way up to a full day, with challenging slides, jumps, and abseils. You will get an unforgettable adrenaline rush in the beautiful and uncrowded gorges of Monte Cinto, as well as the valleys of Asco and Golo (Haute-Corse).

  • Highest Jump: 26 meters
  • Highest Abseil: 25 meters
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 4 hours
  • Physical Condition Required: Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 10 years old

9- Gravona canyon, near Ajaccio

Canyoning in Corsica - Gravona

The Gravona Canyon, which is very picturesque, is ideal for learning the basics of canyoning. Its path is perfectly suited to the entire family and children (if they can swim), as well as to canyoners of all levels, newbies and experienced alike, and everyone will find a dose of sensation. 

  • Highest Jump: 9 meters
  • Duration of the Activity: Up to 2 h 30
  • Physical Condition Required: Sporty
  • Minimum Age: 6 years old

 

Now that you know the Top 9 Canyoning Spots in Corsica, all you have to do is choose the one that suits you best! 

To learn more about this exciting outdoor activity and discover more amazing destinations, you can do so by checking out all of our canyoning articles. You can also directly look at all our canyoning activities worldwide!