Just a small selection of some of the great walks you can do in Sicily, and what you might see.
A diverse and beautiful island with so much to explore, it’s no wonder that a great way to see some of Sicily’s spectacular sights is by foot. If you’re an avid hiker, or you’d just like to experience a fantastic walk during your holiday to Sicily, here are some great places where you’ll certainly get your fill of beautiful scenery…
Although this might seem like the most obvious place to start, the magnificence of this volcano will be sure to truly hit you when you start to ascend, experiencing its varied climatic zones and all the weird and wonderful vegetation along the way. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, a hike to the summit of Europe’s largest active volcano is something we’re sure you’ll never forget.
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Sticking to the same theme, along Sicily’s northern coast is a string of mountains and amongst these is the Nebrodi Mountains. A place where you can spot wild pigs and horses, on your travels in this forest coated landscape you’ll soon uncover the little old villages, shimmering lakes and fertile valleys that make this area so charming and beautiful, you’ll never want to leave. If you’re looking for specific walking routes, you can find a number of options at Walk Sicily.
Necropolis of Pantalica & the Valle dell’Anapo
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A historical site which was granted UNESCO status in 2005, the rocky necropolis of Pantalica opens the door to an ancient world. A deep, limestone ravine reveals around 5,000 early burial chambers dating back to between the 13th and 7th centuries BC, which makes for an interesting hike along the gorge. You’ve also got the Valle dell’Anapo just a stone’s through for here, where there are numerous trails offering stunning scenery.
Hyblaean (Iblei) Mountains
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Located in the south-east of the island, these limestone mountains are particularly scenic, with a mix of forest areas, volcanic topographies, deep canyons and colourful oleanders. You can find lots of different hiking routes within the mountains, as well as within the neighbouring towns of Ragusa, Syracuse and Catania, should you be looking for a different atmosphere. Walk Sicily has some great walking routes which you can follow.
A natural park filled with medieval historic hill top towns and some great hiking routes, there’s plenty to explore on foot in the Madonie Mountains. Located just south of Cefalú in the north of the island, there are six mountains, the highest being Pizzo Carbonara standing at 1,979m. If you’re interested in flora, this area is perfect as over 2,600 species can be found here, and whether you’re looking for an easy afternoon stroll or a long, challenging route, there’s a trail available for every level of hiker.
For an even more comprehensive list of walks in Sicily, including routes on Google maps, you can visit www.walksicily.de
To book a holiday where you can experience all the wonderful walks that Sicily has to offer, visit Sicilian Places.
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