From Solenzara heading west this a spectacular mountain pass and the mountain is one of the most famous attractions in Corsica.
The eastern section is more blind and bumpy than the western section which I preferred (on my 20 year old VFR750 with a passenger!)
Can be very busy near the summit as part of the famous GR20 trek crosses near the road but the road itself is normally quite empty.
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We camped on this road so I had the luxury of being able to ride it several times
my favourite was the section from Zonza going east to the summit at dusk.
Watch out for some cows and goats although as even the animals are road
savvy this is not a serious hazard.
The usual Corsican oncoming vehicles on the wrong side of the road rules apply here so take special care on the blind corners. Great Fun
Hard to believe no one has written about this road. As of 2010, the Col de
Bavella is the finest road Ive ever ridden - and for all the
Everyone has their absolute favourites and although you and I may
differ on which are the best. But, if youve ever ridden the following
you will know what type of roads I enjoy most and if you are like
minded will agree that each is very, very special.
United Kingdom - Loch Leven loop (Scotland)
France - D518 Col de Rousset and the Cormet de Roseland
Switzerland - The Grimsel
Italy - Pasa Gavia
Dolomites - Pasa Gaiu (collectively, The Figure 8)
California - Hwy 36
Corsica - D80 (west side of the north finger)
Well, the Col de Bavella surpasses them all.
Excerpt from a ride report (2009)
At Aulline we turned eastward towards Zonza, the Col de Bavella,
Solenzara and our day's destination at the beach village of Favone.
We were now on smooth roads once again and climbing the Col de Bavella.
Bavella is a visual forest stunner with steep mountains either side
of a road made in heaven. I've never been on a lengthy stretch of
road like this in my life. 30 miles of twisty new tarmac the likes
of which I've only ridden at premiere race tracks. But more about
this road later.
Favone isn't large enough to be a hamlet. I'm not sure the place
even has a store, but does have 3 good restaurants, a beach front
bungalow hotel, a huge, outstanding uncrowded white sand beach and
calm, clean blue waters.
Favone would be a 2 day affair allowing M a chance to get off the
bike and spend a day zooning on the beach with her book.
Now, you remember that stretch of road I was talking about?
Well, I like beaches and paddling in the sea but after an hour
I get really bored. I had a morning swim and that was just right,
then reset the suspension for a solo, bags off hoot of a ride back
up the east side of Col de Bavella. I had fine lunch at the top and
managed to catch the final set the Venus / Serena Wimbledon Show on telly.
Then back down without anything in my path this time. Exhilarated and
pumped! I did it again.
Unbelievable, unforgettable the smoothest rollercoaster ride in
the world and I had it almost all to myself. God, I could live here!
This surface is excellent, but it isn the good stuff
The good stuff starts here - just below the word Ducati.
At the top of the Col, there are many nice hikes that can be taken from here if you want to stretch you legs a bit
Not as high as the alps, but hotter :)
After the problems with my GS on the last trip, I took my newly acquired classic VFR for this trip, a dream bike from my teenage years :)
Probably you find this photo very boring, but I really like this old classic! :)
The Needles the local name for the peak of the Bavella
Smiling again once you realise that the reserve tap cable isnt actually permanently seized!