It was always my dream to see natural waterfalls. I didn’t even think about swimming under one… and then both should happen.
It was only after we had booked our flights and I had ordered the walking guide that I read about the waterfalls in Corsica. I had to see one and so we decided to take a three hours drive (84 miles) on us to get to the Cascades de Purcaraccia.
From Macinaggio we simply followed the main road south along the coast until Solenzara, where we left the main road to follow a smaller road up into the mountains to the Bocca di Larone pass. The views are beautiful although I can barely enjoy it because I have to focus on the narrow roads, often not even wide enough for a second car. At the Bocca di Larone pass is a good size car park and the path to the waterfalls starts only a few hundred metres down the road. The view is simply stunning. I think it is the first time that I’m actually in the mountains.
The path is well shaded and sheltered by shrubs and trees. For some reasons it reminds me a little bit of Mirkwood in the Lord of the Rings. Admittedly, it is not misty and dark and there are no giant spiders but still…
The walk is classed as moderate and suitable for kids. Well, we managed it but I am happy that I have done some indoor climbing before. Some parts of the path are slightly more challenging with huge rocks, rather than a proper path. A few times, I need to use my hands to not slip off a rock. As to suitable for kids I would say only if they are experienced.
After a short while, the path becomes lighter and we have a wonderful view over the valley and the mountains, including striking pinnacles of granite tower. The path follows now the river Purcaracia. The path is way higher than the river. Apparently there are some smaller waterfalls, natural pools and small river beaches but we don’t try any of the paths leading there. I think it was mainly time that was chasing us to the waterfall. Time was passing quickly with having many stops for water, some foods and the simply amazing views.
At some point we cross the river and have the first proper view of the almost crystal clear water. The path becomes a bit more difficult now and a few times we are not sure whether we follow the right one. As we continue, we meet less and less people and it feels special.
And there it is – the Cascades of Purcaraccia!! We meet another couple but are soon the only ones there. I get my bikini on and get in to the ice cold but refreshing water. It is not easy to get in because the rocks on the ground are so slippery and because the water is so clear, I can determine the depths at all. Luckily it isn’t too deep.
Although we later find out that this is not there very last waterfall, it was a very special day for me for which I struggle to find the right words – simply very special!
It starts raining when we are sitting in the car on our way home. Hungry and tired we stop at a Pizzaria to get some dinner. What an amazing day!