Col de Bavella

Col de Bavella

Col de Bavella is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.226m (4,022ft) above the sea level, part of the Alta Rocca mountain range in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. The pass is traversed by the scenic D268 road.

The asphalted road over the pass is considered one of the most scenic roads on this Mediterranean island, but it can get very busy in summer. The pass is a great place to appreciate the stunning scenery of the Alta Roccamountains and is a hive of outdoor pursuit activities.
This twisty road includes several hairpins. There are nice views of fascinating mountains surrounding the road from the top. The road provides an incredibly scenic and dramatic drive. With mountains towering above it, interspersed with glimpses of the crystal clear Solenzara river, the road steadily winds its way down from the mountains to the coast. There are several stopping points to admire the views.

At the summit there are several bars, restaurants and shops. It's usually very crowded in summers and weekends. There are several routes to reach the summit. Starting from Portovecchio, the ascent is 47 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.230 meters. The average percentage is 2.6 %. Starting from Solenzara, the ascent is 30 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.230 meters. The average percentage is 4.1 %. The toughest kilometer is the sixth (over 11% average), therefore this is quite steady climb but steep nonetheless. And starting from Zonza, the ascent is 8.9 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 440 meters. The average percentage is 4.9 %.