Between sea and mountains, Corsica has something to dream about. To visit this idyllic destination off the beaten track, we offer wild swimming in the heart of the most beautiful rivers of the Island of Beauty. These natural pools will offer you heavenly landscapes. Whether easy to access or steep, more or less crowded, here is our selection of the most beautiful rivers not to be missed during your trip to Corsica.
Located in Upper Corsica, the Manganellu river runs along the famous GR20 trail. This natural pool, which flows into the Vecchio River, enjoys astonishing settings. Surrounded by a pine forest, the Manganellu River is located in a dream environment where nature reigns. The mild climate of the Island of Beauty will undoubtedly make you enjoy a refreshing swim in the waters of Manganellu.
In love with nature, go to the Aïtone forest! This forest, which extends over 4000 hectares, will allow you to discover the natural landscapes of the Island of Beauty, which has a mix of chestnut trees and the famous laricio pines. Stroll through the heart of the Aïtone forest to observe the rich vegetation of Corsica. The more athletic can even organise hiking and climbing mountains. To refresh yourself after these sports achievements, do not hesitate to swim in the river of the same name. The fresh waters of the Aïtone river will give you moments of happiness to share with family or friends.
The valley of Fango is one of those magical places where we love to lose ourselves during our holidays in Corsica. Located in Upper Corsica, the Fango Valley is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classified Natura 2000. This protected environment offers a stopover of freshness and breathtaking natural landscapes. In the nature reserve of Fango, give yourself a moment of relaxation with its gorges dug and natural swimming areas. Ideal for a family outing, the Fango Valley will delight young and old alike. After your swim, we advise you to continue the expedition to the Notre Dame de la Serra chapel which offers a stunning view over the bay of Calvi.
Surrounded by mountain ranges, the Bonifato forest offers a wild and natural setting not to be missed during your stay in Corsica. This forest, located just a few kilometers from Calvi, is a place where it is good to rest. This haven of peace and quiet invites contemplation of sublime landscapes and lush vegetation. Along the way, you will find the Figarella river that snakes around the Bonifato forest. This natural pool, surrounded by pink granite pebbles, makes the place even more magical. A must-see, the Bonifato Forest pays homage to Corsican nature in all its splendor.
Site classified and protected, the gorges of the Restonica will make your holidays unforgettable. If you want to keep fit even during your holidays, the Restonica Valley is for you! Often considered the most beautiful route of the Island of Beauty, the Restonica Valley is reached after having walked a winding path. If the road is not easy to access, your efforts will be rewarded with the sublime landscapes that will open before you. Take a breath of fresh air as you visit the Restonica gorges that crisscross the valley of the same name. These natural pools, heated by the sun of the Island of Beauty, will allow you to cool off after a wild escape.
From Solenzara, towards Bavella, you will find the basins of the Solenzara, with emerald green waters, which will not stop surprising you. The site is rather popular with tourists, especially in summer, so we advise you to walk a little to reach the least frequented pools. Once there, you can swim in the clear and refreshing waters of the Solenzara basins. In the heart of nature, these natural pools are sublime corners to visit during your stay in Corsica!
A must-see, the Vecchio River has its source in the sublime forest of Vizzavona. Not far from Venaco, you will find this river with emerald green waters that will make your trip to Corsica unforgettable. In a dream setting, the Vecchio River is perfect for a family activity. Take a dip in the crystal clear waters of this natural pool. Surrounded by picturesque natural landscapes, the Vecchio River will allow you to relax and rejuvenate. If you decide to go there in the summer, do not forget your sunscreen!
The valley of Ortolo is one of those secret corners that will make you discover Corsica in an unusual way. In Vignalella, the Ortolo Valley and its eponymous river are lined by lush nature that will never cease to surprise you. This haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of nature will offer you a beautiful moment of relaxation to share with your loved ones. After a stroll on the trails and ridges of the valley, sunbathe along the Ortolo river on the sunny rocks. To prolong the pleasure, we advise you to visit the wineries while your children can ride on the back of a pony or a donkey.
During your stay on the Island of Beauty, make a stop in the charming village of Chisà, in Haute-Corse. Ideal for a wild getaway, Chisà is full of pleasant spots to swim. In particular, we recommend the Luvana River. After discovering the village frozen in the time of Chisà, take a winding path that will take you to the Luvana River. This natural pool with crystal clear waters, still unknown to tourists, will offer you a precious moment of relaxation during your holidays.
Located in southern Corsica, the river Cavu is an alternative to the beaches that are invaded by tourists in summer. Only 30 minutes drive from Porto-Vecchio, this natural pool offers a protected haven for all nature lovers. At the beginning of the tour, take the time to admire the sublime cascade of Pisciarone. At the end of the road, you will come across the Cavu River, which offers picturesque natural basins. Surrounded by natural forest landscapes, the Cavu River is a true paradise not to be missed during your stay on the Island of Beauty.