Rio Barbaira offers one of the most beautiful descents of Liguria and among the most beautiful in Italy. A route where aesthetics and fun combine in a magical way. Due to its proximity to France, the stream is very busy during the summer season.
The rio Barbaira is located in a wild and luminous valley, even though it is only a few kilometres from the coast, we have the impression of being isolated and far from the world. The route features a series of waterfalls of varying heights that allow . The constant presence of water makes the descent pleasant and possible throughout the summer season.
Canyoning Rio Barbaira, one of our favourites in Liguria
Practicable from April to October, this canyon is definitely one of our favourites. It is perfectly suited for a first experience and will leave even the most experienced enthusiast speechless.
From the village of Rocchetta Nervina, the path climbs between olive groves and margins to reach in about forty minutes the bridge which marks the start of the descent. Here we wear wetsuits and all technical equipment and are given information on safety and progression in the torrent.
A short stretch and we reach an inclined plane that we pass with the use of the rope.
The path continue between pools and dive for 400 metres until we reach a small slide where we practise rope climbing.
The next three pools allow even high and impressive dives and end on the 12-metre waterfall, the highest in the stream. A spectacular plunge or a scenic rappel takes us to the magnificent pool and the 5-metre slide that follows.
Rio Barbaira, waterfalls for spectacular dives
Here we find a short ferrata on the right bank, at the end of which, with a 4-metre plunge, we arrive in a deep natural pool. Here we will take a break.
This is followed by the more recessed section known as ‘le Curumbeire’, we proceed between high moss-covered walls from which a thousand small waterfalls pour down in an evocative environment. A sequence of three dives culminates with 9 metre dive, very impressive, in a narrow and very deep pool. We soon reach the last waterfall where the use of a rope is mandatory.
From here, the progression over the Rio Barbaira becomes a pleasant march over rough terrain to the Chestnut Lake. In a further 15 minutes or so, you reach the bridleway that marks the end of the descent. One last dip and in less than ten minutes an easy path leads to the car park in the village centre.
Its location makes Rio Barbaira easily accessible from the motorway linking Italy and France. It is therefore ideal for combining a weekend of tourism in Nice with a fun and exciting sporting activity such as canyoning or as an intermediate stage of a holiday.
The optional character of the higher dives ensures that even very heterogeneous groups can enjoy the descent each according to their own level and motivation.
If you liked Rio Barbaira, you can move across the French border and discover the nearby Val Roya and its famous canyons.