Corsica is home to many natural treasures: imposing mountain peaks, dramatic coastlines, breathtaking mountain lakes but waterfalls are also part of the island of beauty.
The Cascade Piscia di Gallo, clattering 60 m down from a narrow gorge, is one of the most famous waterfalls in South Corsica. This popular waterfall is located between the coast of Porto Vecchio and the Massif of Bavella, about 1 hour drive from both places and 7 km from Lac de l’Ospédale.
Hiking to Cascade de Piscia di Gallo
This hike is short, pleasant and very accessible. The first part is a slightly descending rocky path that follows the banks of the river. After a few minutes walk, the open rocky space leads to a pine forest where the path continues its way for a short time. After crossing the river, a short climb to a small plateau follows. You constantly find yourself in a landscape of rocks, pine trees, shrubs and meadows. On top of the plateau you’ll see the Rocher Sentinelle, modeled by erosion. This point offers a great view over the Alta Rocca Massif and the sea. On the way to the waterfall you’ll cross the path of several strange looking rocks such as a rock shelter. In Corsica rocks do have the most bizarre shapes, as you can experience in the Calanques de Piana in Western Corsica or while hiking to the iconic Trou de la Bombe in the Massif of Bavella.
Then the trail is getting a bit more steeper and rockier. This part is secured by cables, and therefore still accessible in spite of the rocky nature of the trail. However, the viewpoint does not offer the best views of the waterfall. The large amount of trees are “ruining” the view and the waterfall is only partly visible. To get a better view, there’s nothing else to do than hiking down the unsecured part of the trail, which is at your own risk. We did this to some extent, until we got a good view of the waterfall. Swimming is prohibited at the foot of the waterfall. It seems to be very dangerous since the water flow is very variable and powerful, so it’s not surprising that this last part is no longer secured. If you can’t or don’t want to hike down the unsecured part of the trail, the view of the waterfall might be a little disappointing. At least that’s my experience. The hike is still very nice and takes you through magnificent scenery.
The hike is not a loop so you’ll have to go back using the same trail. I can highly recommend a stop along the river before reaching the parking lot. The river gently flows down and leads to several small waterfalls and pools of water. A perfect place for a short break or a refreshing swim in an idyllic setting.
Would you enjoy making this accessible pleasant hike?
- How to get there: From Zonza or from Porto Vecchio via the D368.
- Starting point: Parking lot at about 7 km from Lac de l’Ospedale, 950 m. It’s paid parking in high season.
- End point: Cascade Piscia di Gallo, 836 m. The waterfall is 60 m high.
- Height difference: 80 m.
- Duration: About 1,5 hours return, without breaks.
- Difficulty: Easy until the plateau, a bit more difficult until the lookout and at your own risk to the foot of the waterfall.
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