The Alcantara Hike is an excursion that will allow you to visit the famous Alcantara Gorges from a different perspective than the crowded mass tourist itineraries. The homonymous natural park in fact winds along the river bed and offers very suggestive views that are usually not visited. Some naturalistic notes to understand the particularity of the place. The Alcantara river creeps into a valley at the base of the Peloritani mountains and not far from Etna. Several thousands of years ago some lava flows crept into this valley accumulating tens of meters of volcanic rock on which the river then created the spectacular canyons, called Gorges, whose walls are characterized by columnar basalts, prismatic lava stone with various forms. But not only that, in addition to giving us a unique landscape, Alcantara today hosts a plant and animal biodiversity of great interest which is alternated with human agricultural activities that benefited from the river’s waters. The trekking itinerary proposed by us – however customizable being a private tour – passes through the orchards and citrus groves of the valley bottom, starting from Francavilla di Sicilia, to descend towards the Alcantara Gorges in the Fondaco Motta district. During the summer it will also be possible to take a dip in the icy waters of the river to cool off from the heat (bring spare and beach towel!).
THE RUINS OF THE NORMAN ARAB CASTLE
THE CITRUS TRAIL
LE GOLE DELL'ALCANTARA
- PeriodRecommended from spring to autumn
- TypeAll experieces
- Departure CityEntrance Alcantara Park (Motta Camastra)
- Timing9,00 - 13,30 | 15,30 - 20
- Difficulty12 km circa. Buoni camminatori
- Altitude200/500 mt asl
- Durations 4 hours 30 mins
- LanguagesEnglish, French, Italian
- Couple: 165 €.
- Fee for 3 adult participants: 55 € / person.
- Children 6/13 years: € 35
- Customizable itinerary
- Nature Hiking Guide – Local Expert
- Private tour
What should i bring?
Trekking shoes are recommended for this excursion. Also recommended: sunglasses, windproof jacket / sweatshirt, water at least 1.5 lt.
Cosa posso noleggiare?
Only with prior reservation by contacting our secretary, you can request the rental of trekking shoes, insulating jackets, trekking poles, backpacks and request seats for children up to 3 years. You can book the equipment in the online booking form.
Can I bring the dog?
On this excursion it is not possible to bring your 4-legged friend as they are not allowed by the regulations of the Natural Park.
In case of bad wheather?
It depends. If the conditions are not prohibitive, i.e. it is cloudy or raining but there is a fair visibility, usually the tours are carried out without any difficulty. In any case, the guide carries out an evaluation based on his experience and if the conditions are not met, he can decide to move or cancel the excursion in agreement with our guests. In case of cancellation due to bad weather, decided between the parties, the reimbursement of any advance membership fees paid is made.
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