Trekking Alcantara Gorges and Alcantara River

Alcantara Valley

Trekking Excursion Alcantara gorges 2021

Trekking Excursion Alcantara gorges

We propose you an itinerary that let you discover one of the most spectacular natural monuments in Europe: the Alcantara gorges, where you can admire the naturalistic aspects of great beauty, including the columnar basalts and the river flora and fauna.
A place where geological events of relevant intensity have given origin to these sculptures of nature.

Trekking Program
Tour available every day

The itinerary includes a visit to the small gorges of the Alcantara river in Castiglione di Sicilia, the Gurne (little lakes) of the Alcantara river and finally the columnar basalts located in the descent of the municipality entrance of the Alcantara River Gorges.

  • Trekking  Alcantara Valley
  • Visit from the top of the Alcantara river
  • Trekking the gurne (little lakes) of the Alcantara river
  • Visit columnar basalts ( Ticket entrance €1,50 pe rperson)
  • Visit small gorges of the Alcantara river in Castiglione di Sicilia
  • Visit Byzantine church 

 

Difficulty level: Easy -Medium
Duration: 6 hours – 9.00 – 15.00
Trekking: Easy tour to visit natural paths of the Alcantara valley, Naturalist guide
Walk: Total lenght : 4 km

Key points

top view and close up view of Alcantara river, columnar basalts, little gorges of the Alcantara river, hollowed out lakes from the erosion of the river, Byzantine church.

Trekking excursion to the Alcantara Gorges to discover natural environments of extraordinary charm.

With this itinerary, departing from Catania you will discover one of the most spectacular natural landmark in Europe, the Alcantara Gorges.
Trekking at the Alcantara gorges includes a path in a nature trail that does not present particular difficulties and is also suitable for less experienced hikers.
With this guided trekking excursion,  together with our naturalist guides you will cross a part of the Alcantara River Park: a protected nature reserve where you can admire the flora and fauna typical of this area.
Walking surrounded by nature, you will visit one of the most evocative areas that distinguish the Alcantara valley.

The Alcantara Valley extends from north to south from the Peloritani Mounts to the volcanic areas of Etna and from west to east from the Nebrodi mountains to the coast of the Ionian Sea.
The valley which hosts the river basin of the Alcantara River, collects the rainwater and snowfall that feed its flow and forms a natural setting of enchanting beauty.

Continuing on a dirt trail,  between enchanting uncontaminated scenery, you will reach the famous Alcantara Gorges.
These marvelous sculptures of nature have developed as a result of geological and geothermal events of considerable intensity.
The impressive Alcantara Gorges up to 25 meters high, look like a majestic natural canyon dug by water over thousands of years. The basaltic lava walls are covered with solidified magma formations in hexagonal, pentagonal and prismatic shapes.

You will be able to observe the suggestive columnar basalts produced by the rapid cooling of the incandescent lava in contact with the cold water of the river and listen to the exhaustive explanations of the naturalist guides who will explain the peculiarities of this amazing place.

The trekking excursion to the Alcantara gorges also includes a visit to the Gurne of the Alcantara river: small lakes of cold, crystal clear water,  hollowed out from the erosion of the river waters.
After the trekking to the Gurne of the Alcantara, the tour continues towards the town of Castiglione di Sicilia (Catania), where you can admire a Byzantine Cuba: the rural church built of limestone and blocks of lava, the typical materials of these territories.

For its beauty and uniqueness and for its ancient origins, the small church was studied by the famous architect and archaeologist Sebastiano Agati and in 1909 it was declared a National Monument.
Trekking to the Alcantara Gorges is an Etna excursion suitable for the whole family.

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Policy cancellation booking.

Within 2 days of the scheduled tour date, the customer is refunded 100%. of the amount paid for the reservation, excluding any bank commission charges.

Read our Tour Booking Terms and Conditions here.

Duration Excursions

6 hours

Place

Alcantara Valley

Excursion departing fromCatania and surroundings

Price starting from

€ 55

Excursion available every day

Tour includes

Price

Adult € 45 per person min 10 pax
Adult €49 per person min 5 pax
Adult €55 per person min 4 pax
Adult €65 per person min 2 pax
Adult €130 per person min 1 pax

Children up to 12 yrs €35 pax

The fee includes: registration to our association, transfer A / R, guide, helmet and caving lights. Payment method: Credit Card,  PayPal account.

For reservations from 9 to 18 August if you find the date in the calendar in "not bookable", write or call us directly.

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In case of adverse weather condition the tour could undergo changes.
The excursion will be taken at lower altitude.

If you have any queries, questions or need clarification about some aspects of the tour program outlined above, please try read the section EXCURSIONS in our F.A.Q.s page, before booking. Booking terms and Condition – Cancellation Policy, click here.

The activities outlined above are intended for Excursions in Sicily members only.
However, because the cost of the tour includes, in addition to the insurance quota, even the membership fee, the Excursions in Sicily membership is automatically acquired.

Policy cancellation booking.

Within 2 days of the scheduled tour date, the customer is refunded 100%. of the amount paid for the reservation, excluding any bank commission charges.

Read our Tour Booking Terms and Conditions here.