Hike Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorge
Sicily Active with this full-day excursion that starts from Taormina will make you discover three of the most stunning landscapes of Sicily; Mount Etna, the Alcantara Gorges and the river. Trekking on Etna, the highest active volcano of the European continent with its lunar landscapes, craters, and dense forests delivers plenty of emotions and will make you see different landscapes. The wild Alcantara Gorges is a canyon made of lava rocks with walls up to 30 meters high. The river Alcantara flows through the gorge and inside the botanical, geological park and the green Alcantara valley full of hillside villages rich in history and traditions, some as Castiglione di Sicilia is included in the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
With a single excursion lasting seven hours, we will take you from the Mediterranean Sea to the top of the Sartorius craters, from the birch woods to the crystal waters of the most picturesque river in Sicily. All throughout the day your guide will explain the geology, botanic and history of Mount Etna and the Alcantara Valley.
We do Pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos, upon request we also reach nearby villages.
itinerary and details
We'll start our walk at 1650 meters on the north est flank of the volcano, we will follow for two hours a quiet trail that will lead us to the Sartorius craters on the north-eastern slope of Etna. The path winds between a forest of birches and pines, old lava flows and craters. After 45 minutes of walking in the woods, We'll reach the lava flow dating back to 1865 and an open space from where we will begin to climb along the slopes of one of the six craters, once at the top We are going to admire the Mediterranean Sea and the mountain ranges of the Nebrodi and the Peloritani. Before going for lunch we will visit a lava Tube (cave).
We will stop for a lunch break in a mountain chalet where you can have bruschetta, pasta and a drink of your choice for €10 or eat a sandwich and a drink for €7, a la carte menu is also available, for those suffering from food allergies or food intolerances there are various options.
After lunch in 40 minutes we will drive through the hill village of Castiglione di Sicilia, from here in another 15 minutes we will reach the amazing Alcantara Gorges, where we will take our shoes off and walk for one hundred meters inside the canyon until the first small rapid.
We advise you to bring a pair of shorts and flip flop to use in the Alcantara Gorge
- Pick up time 8:30 a.m.
- Transfer time 45 min.
- Tour lenght 7 hours
- Trail lenght 4 km
- Walking time 2 hours.
- Maxium altitude 1780 meters
- Minimum age 6 years
- Intensity: Low
- Pick up from your hotel
- Walking poles
- Ticket to the Alcantar Gorge
What to Bring
- Trekking boots/Sneakers
- Sun hat
Available for the period