After a challenging walk, what could be better than a hot outdoor bath in a lovely wild setting. The water has a miraculous effect on a tired achy body and brings considerable health benefits.

Bains de Guitera

There are about 40 natural hot springs on the island, all of them with a different water.

Guitera is reputed as having the highest beneficial actions.

The history behind the Baths of Guitera

The thermal spring of Guitera is situated in a rural part of the island where there is a multitude of old transhumance trails.  Trails that link the Taravu valley with the Cuscionu plateau and the Col de Verde.

In years gone by, it was the shepherds that were enthusiastic users of the baths. Particularly prone to aches and rheumatism, they would happily soak in the beneficial waters.

It was in the XIX century, with the development of tourism that the potential of the baths was recognised and exploited.  Entrepreneurs turned the village into a small resort, they built a hotel, restaurant and a system to contain the water.

Benefits and precautions to take into account with sulphurous waters

When you arrive in front of this small trough like bath opposite the river, there is a faint smell of egg that comes from the sulphurous water.

The water bubbles out of the ground at 47°C it is good for acne, eczema, rheumatism and arthritis. It takes a little while to get used to the hot water, it’s relaxing but will make you tired if you stay in for too long.  It is not recommended for pregnant women or for people with heart problems.

How to get to Guitera

It takes 45 minutes to drive to Guitera from Ajaccio. You head south, before turning off in the direction of   Ste Marie de Siché and Zicavo.

Written by Frédéric Cesari

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