Alcantara Gorges Excursion and Trekking Tour
You will walk a new path, one of adventure and exploration. We will guide you to discover the exciting Alcantara River Park and the incredible rock formations of the Gorges of Alcantara. Immersed in nature between olive groves and fig trees, the Alcantara river flows silently. The Alcantara has its source on the south side of Monti Nebrodi and its mouth in the Ionian Sea at Capo Schiso in Giardini-Naxos. The river, surrounded by lava stone waterfalls, is 54 kilometres long. At about 20 km from Taormina, the gorges are real canyons made of black lava walls up to 30 meters high, in the typical shape of a prism that the rocks have taken during the cooling process. Note that within the grooves, the toning and crystal clear waters of the river Alcantara run surrounded by an unspoiled landscape, with rare flora and fauna.
Unique in the Italian and European natural landscape, the Alcantara Gorges are one of the must-see attractions of Sicily. We will see the Arab-Norman castle in Francavilla di Sicilia and the “saie”, a canalization system created by the Arabs who were used to bring water to areas far from the river and irrigate the surrounding land. After about 30 minutes, we will reach a small footbridge that crosses the river, one of the most beautiful spots from which to admire the Gurne dell’Alcantara: 16 small lakes along the river created by the water flow on the lava rock. At the end of the excursion, we will visit the Alcantara Gorges where there’s a possibility to do a short river trekking inside the canyon.
The Experience will take place as follows:
- Our driver will come to pick you at your accommodation
- Trekking along the Gurne dell’Alcantara
- We will visit the natural lakes
- Visit the Alcantara Gorges with a short tekking into the water
- Our driver will drop you off at your accommodation
What you need to bring with you:
- Comfortable shoes, preferably trekking shoes
- Suitable hiking clothes
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- A camera could be useful
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