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.