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Hikes in Sicily

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Popular as a vacation island for a long time, hiking in Sicily is still a little less known. But this is only to the advantage of all who like to hike through wild landscapes and discover new things. The ubiquitous Mount Etna beckons with an extraordinary exploration, Monte Cófano offers a great panorama over the azure sea and in the cities of Palermo, Cefalù and Messina pulsates with culture, born from the rich history of the island.
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The 10 Most Beautiful hikes in Sicily

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Hiking trail · Sicily
Monte Soro und Lago Biviere, Sizilien 6
recommended route Difficulty moderate
1
23.8 km
5:00 h
730 m
730 m
Traumhafte Wanderung zum Lago Biviere im Nebrodigebirge, wobei Bergsteiger noch vorher den Antennenbestückten Gipfel des Monte Soro 1847 m erwandern können.
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Hiking trail · Sicily
M. Veneretta, Sizilien 1
recommended route Difficulty moderate
5.2 km
2:15 h
480 m
480 m
Nette Tour auf einen aussichtsreichen Gipfel, den Monte Veneretta 884m,  von Castelmola über Taormina.
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Hiking trail · Italy
Parco Naturale Regionale dei Nebrodi e Lago Maullazzo
recommended route Difficulty easy
2.6 km
0:40 h
51 m
50 m
Il Parco Regionale dei Nebrodi è un'area protetta: l'attrazione principale è il Lago artificiale di Maullazzo, un luogo molto affascinante, totalmente immerso nella natura.
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Hiking trail · Sicily
Monte Fossa, Liparische Insel
recommended route Difficulty moderate
10.6 km
3:45 h
1,065 m
1,065 m
Längere Tour auf den höchsten Gipfel der Liparischen Inseln, den Monte Fossa delle Felci und auf zwei Trabanten, auf der Insel Salina nahe Sizilien.
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Hiking trail · Sicily
Punta Castelluzzo, Sizilien
recommended route Difficulty moderate
6.2 km
2:05 h
490 m
490 m
Kurze Tour auf einen zwei kleinen Gipfel, die Punta di Castelluzzo und den Pizzo Valle Mendole 1006 m, beide mit toller Aussicht auf den Ätna und den Krater Monte Móio.
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Hiking trail · Messina
Rocca di Novara, Sizilien 3
recommended route Difficulty moderate
2
5.3 km
1:45 h
470 m
470 m
Kurze, etwas anspruchvollere Tour auf das "Matterhorn Siziliens", eine toller Gipfel, die Rocca di Novara und beim Abstieg noch einen Abstecher auf den M. Ritagli di Lecca im Peloritanigebirge, im Nordosten von Sizilien.
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Hiking trail · Italy
Tour di Capo Ponente
recommended route Difficulty easy
2
4.3 km
1:17 h
95 m
94 m
L'isola da scoprire, tra vegetazione e scorci sul mare.
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Hiking trail · Italy
Panoramico percorso a Punta Pruvulina
recommended route Difficulty easy
3
4.7 km
1:26 h
100 m
102 m
Visita a cala Galera e attraversamento di Punta Pruvulina per godere di adrenalitici paesaggi. Breve ma selvaggio tour a sud dell' isola, dove se c'é il sole non ti puoi nascondere. 
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Hiking trail · Italy
Palermo: La passeggiata della marina
recommended route Difficulty easy
2 km
0:33 h
6 m
5 m
La passeggiata della marina è un "grande classico di Palermo": in un colpo solo la visita al Foro Italico Umberto I e alla Cala.
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Hiking trail · San Vito lo Capo
Durch den Naturpark Lo Zingaro bis zur Grotta dell Uzzo
recommended route Difficulty moderate
1
10.7 km
3:54 h
485 m
500 m
Der Hinweg verläuft auf Meereshöhe, der Rückweg dann am Berghang. Das Meer ist immer im Blick. Schöne Strände auf dem Hinweg. Natürlich kann man diese Wanderung auch in den umgekehrten Richtung gehen.

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Hiking is nothing new in Sicily, but it has not yet become a tradition. In the meantime, the network of paths has been expanded somewhat, but every now and then your sense of direction will be put to the test. There are not always clear signs, often the paths are unmarked. In Sicily, hikers need the courage for adventure, because that's exactly what it is: lush and wild nature, which in the end offers a fantastic view from the top of one of the mountains. It's worth not throwing in the towel too quickly and, with a little practice, get on the right track.

Volcano country - hiking on Mount Etna

No matter where you are on the island, the largest volcano in Europe is omnipresent. The 3329 m high Etna overshadows the whole island, even at the other end it can always be seen on the horizon. Even Goethe was on the active volcano in 1787 and explored the black earth around the crater during his trip through Italy. Meanwhile, Etna is very accessible, with cable cars, all-terrain buses and well-maintained trails you can get far up. It is recommended to hike with guides, they know the area best and will guide you safely through the terrain. The tour is for experienced hikers and requires some basic hiking knowledge. Bring plenty of water and warm clothing on your trip, as it can be chilly at high elevations - even on an active volcano!

The secondary craters of the volcano also offer great excursion opportunities. When visibility is good, the lava deserts on the northern flank are worth a visit. In the Parco dell'Etna you will pass through different vegetation zones on your hike, all of which benefit from the volcano. In the lower area, the Mediterranean maquis blooms and further up, cooled lava flows and craters form a picture as if from another world.

An island full of cultures

Messina, Sicily
Messina, Sicily
Photo: Chris Unger, CC0, Unsplash.com

A mixture of different cultures makes Sicily an extraordinary place, bursting with culture. Especially the Greeks shaped the island, which can be seen in Syracuse and the numerous temple ruins. On your walks you will always find the influences of earlier inhabitants. From 827 on, the Arabian army also left its mark on the vegetation. Date palms, sugar cane, rice and lemon trees are now everywhere on the island.

Palermo blossomed throughout history and today is a tourist magnet with its impressive scenery. Further east is the coastal town of Cefalù at the foot of the Rocca di Cefalù on which a leisurely hiking tour leads.

As a starting point for hiking tours is also suitable Taormina on the east coast of Sicily in the region of Messina, for example, around Mount Veneretta.

Other areas ideal for hiking:

  • Zingaro Nature Reserve in the northwest of Sicily
  • Lipari Islands especially Stromboli with the volcano of the same name
  • Hikes around Noto with visits to the late Baroque towns of Val di Noto

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rifugio del ghiro - cugno di mezzo by Ulrike
May 06, 2022 · Community
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Castelmola - Rund um den Monte Venere by Noa
May 03, 2022 · Community
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