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Walking in the Madonie Mountains, Sicily
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Apr May Jun Jul Sep Oct
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ITSW060
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price in double room from: € 600
Walking in the Madonie Mountains, Sicily

Walking in the Madonie Mountains, Sicily

A true taste of Sicily

  • Wonderful open landscapes dotted with medieval villages and hamlets
  • Authentic accommodations in traditional farms
  • Gorgeous flora and fauna
  • A rich history brought to life in castles, churches and museums
  • Cefalù, vibrant fishing town with a fabulous beach
  • Warm, welcoming locals
  • Mouthwatering Sicilian culinary specialties
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Route

The walks are along footpaths, mule tracks and some strade bianche, (small gravel roads). You will cross a few small hamlets and some larger villages.

Start: Petralia Sottana                  Finish: Cefalù

Day 1: Arrive in Petralia Sottana
Day 2: Petralia Sottana Loop walk (16 km)
Day 3: Pomieri loop via Monte San Salvatore walk (15 km)
Day 4: Parco Avventura to Rocca di Gonato (13 km)
Day 5: Gonato to Castelbuono (13 km)
Day 6: Cefalù round walk (3 km)
Day 7: Arrivederci Cefalù

Day 1:    Arrive in Petralia Sottana

Arrive in Sicily and breathe in the warm island breeze and aroma of the outstanding local flora. If pre-arranged with us, a private transfer takes you from airport to your accommodation in Petralia Sottana, in the south of the Monti Madonie. Enjoy your first dinner in a local restaurant of your choice trying the many flavors of the tasty regional cuisine. 

Day 2:    Petralia Sottana Loop walk (16 km)

Today’s walk It is a quite easy walk through Petralia's hills from where  it  is  possible  to  enjoy  superb  landscapes  over  the southern  side  of  Sicily,  inclunding  Mt.  Etna.  Some  stretches  of the route are on clayey terrain which can be challenging in case of rain.  The  elevation  is  fairly  gradual;  there  is  only  one  steep stretch.  The  walk  can  start  in  Portella  Ferrone  (wp17)  with transfer  organized  by  the  accomodation;  the  walk  is  then shortened of 2 km and the steep stretch to wp14 is avoided.

Challenge: 5 hours, 16 km, 734m ascent, 713m descent

Day 3:    Pomieri loop via Monte San Salvatore walk (15 km)

A  morning  trasnfer  will  take  you  to  the  start  of  the  walk  in Pomieri. The walk starts off on a fairly steep and rough surface but it eases out as you reach the higher lands where views begin to unfold and you follow panoramic dirt roads and well-marked trails, making a loop around the fascinating Vallone degli Angeli.

From  Vallone  you can  take  a detour to  Scalone  from  which  you have  a good view of Polizzi Generosa and valleys located tot he North of the Madonie Mountains.

Monte  Salvatore  is  one  of  the  highest  peaks  of  the  Madonie Mountains, from the top there is a spectacular 360° view of the central part of Sicily. You can also admire the Sanctuary of Madonna dell’Alto, a regular destination for religious pilgrimages.

Part  of the  route  follows the  long  distance  ‘Sentiero  Italia’  where  you  can  still  find  a  few examples  of  the  Nebrodi Fir tree,  that  once  covered  a  vast section  of  the uplands. At the end of the walk a private transefer will take you back to the accommodatie in Patralia Sottana.

Challenge: 5 hours, 15 km, 763m ascent, 754m descent

Day 4:    Parco Avventura to Rocca di Gonato (13 km)

A  morning  transfer will  take  you  to  Parco  Avventure  Madonie from where you will start your walk. Climb from Pomieri to the “Piano  Battaglia”  plateau  (1.700 metres),  a  well-known  area which name derives from a battle which took place here in the 11th century between the Arabs and Normans.Take  a  large  circular  tour  around  the  picturesque  Monte  Ferro (1.900  metres)  before  walking  down  to  a  one-of-a-kind agriturismo (farm) where you will spend the night.

Challenge: 5 hours, 13 km, 600m ascent, 450m descent

Day 5:    Gonato to Castelbuono (13 km)

Bid adieu to the lovely Madonie Mountains an descend to the hills around Castelbuono. A short and easy descent brings you to Agriturismo Bergi. Here you can spend the afternoon relaxing into the village of Castelbuono. Do not miss a visit to the nearby medieval village of Castebuono. Stroll along ancient narrow streets and squares for a true taste of small-town Sicily. 

Challenge: 5 hours, 13 km, 206m ascent, 635m descent

Day 6:    Cefalù round walk (3 km)

After breakfast, a short transfer takes you to the bus stop in Castelbuono where you board the bus with your luggage to Cefalù. Check in at your hotel and explore the town’s breathtaking Norman Cathedral and awe-inspiring Byzantine mosaics. Climb the ancient fortifications of the Rocca or go for a refreshing swim on the long sandy beach in front of the hotel. To end this fabulous walking trip celebrate with a delicious dinner in one of Cefalù’s many fine fish restaurants. 

Challenge: 1.5 hours, 3 km, 207m ascent, 203m descent

Day 7:    Arrivederci Cefalù

The tour ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra services with us. To get to the airport you can go either by train or taxi.

 

'standard' hotels

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. Accommodations range from a simple but friendly small town hotel, to an old monastery to a luxurious estate or agriturismo. 

We choose comfortable **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom. All rooms are en-suite.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. 

Hotel Il Castello - Petralia Sottana
Hotel Il Castello - Petralia Sottana

Hotel Il Castello is housed in ancient Norman Castle dated back to 1062. It offers well-furnished rooms with free Wifi, satellite TV, private bathroom and rustic style. Staff is courteous and helpful. Highly recommended the restaurant. Buffet breakfast with homemade products.

www.il-castello.net

Masseria Rocca di Gonato - Castelbuono
Masseria Rocca di Gonato - Castelbuono

The Masseria Rocca di Gonato is a rural tourism located in the Regional Park of Madonie. Rooms are well-finished, comfortable and essential with private bathroom. Cuisine is good and proposes dishes with local products. Italian breakfast with homemade cakes.

roccadigonato.it

Agriturismo Bergi - Castelbuono
Agriturismo Bergi - Castelbuono

Agriturismo Bergi is a part of the Farm Azienda Agricola Bergi that produces and commercilizes quality biological products by Sicily from years. Rooms are well-finished, elegant and welcoming with private bathroom, air conditioning/heating and TV. The cuisine offers typical dishes from Sicily and the buffet breakfast is both savoury and sweet.

www.agriturismobergi.com

Hotel Riva del Sole - Cefalù
Hotel Riva del Sole - Cefalù

Hotel Riva del Sole is located along the seafront of Cefalù and it offers a panoramic terrace overlooking the sea. Hotel offers spacious rooms, clean and well-finished with free Wifi, TV, private bathroom. International breakfast is rich and various of sweet and savoury products.

www.rivadelsole.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and July 25th, and between September 1st and October 31st.

The best solution for this trip is flying in to Palermo Punta Raisi Airport (PMO), but Catania Airport (CTA) has good connections, too. 

 

We highly recommend booking an early flight on arrival.

From the airport PMO, you first need to reach Palermo train station by bus. From Palermo bus station (located in front of the train station), busses run directly to Petralia Sottana. Check times and prices on www.saistrasporti.it

From Catania airport (CTA), you can reach the train station by bus. Once there, take a train to Palermo, and then a bus to Petralia Sottana.

On departure from Cefalù, take a train to Palermo Centrale and then a bus connection to Palermo Punta Raisi airport (PMO). Click here for further info.

If flying from Catania (CTA), take a train from Cefalù to Catania Centrale (with change in either Messina or Palermo), and then a bus to the airport.

Train timetables available on www.trenitalia.com.

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • 2 dinners (1 in Gonato and 1 in Castelbuono) 
  • 1 packed lunch (in Gonato)
  • Transfer Petralia from Sottana to Parco Avventura Madonie (day 2)
  • Transfer from Petralia Sottana to Pomieri and from Pomieri to Petralia Sottana (both on day 3)
  • Transfer Castelbuono-Castelbuono bus stop
  • Maps, detailed description of the itinerary, GPS and App
  • 24h phone assistance

Not included:

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • Luggage transfer from Castelbuono to Cefalù (clients go there by bus with the luggage)
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.
  • Tourist taxes

Optional Services:

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • Half Board supplement
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
reviews

11-05-2019

"The spring flowers, the milking of the cows and cheese making at Rocca Di Gonato, the mists rolling in at Pomieri - a perfect escape from life in the city. Each accommodation had it's own personality and unique charm. We were impressed with the ActiveNav app but consider it as a safety net rather than the primary means of navigation. We preferred the written route notes as they were more descriptive and encourage the visual engagement with ones surroundings.

The email communications with Victoria, Anna and Barbra were excellent and gave us a sense of personal engagement with S-cape "

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