This 7-day/6-night trekking holiday starts on the Tyrrhenian coast and takes you to the top of the Madonie Mountains, at almost 2000 m above sea level. You will hike through woods, meadows and the Mediterranean scrub, stop at the foot of thousand-year-old trees, explore caves and villages. You will live a unique experience in a still little-known region of Sicily of exceptional natural and cultural richness.
Day 1 – Arrival in Cefalù
The hotel is located on the seafront, a few steps from the historical center of the Norman town.
Meet your guide and the rest of the group for a briefing in the afternoon.
Day 2 – Sant’Ambrogio – Castelbuono
Departure from Sant’Ambrogio, a small village in Cefalù’s district overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast. We will get immediately immersed into the Mediterranean scrub and the Sicilian countryside. Arrival in Castelbuono in the afternoon. The small town is located at the foot of the Carbonara massif.
Distance: 14 km
Difference in altitude: 600 m
Day 3 – Castelbuono – Piano Sempria
We will go up through the woods along a trail full of natural caves, panoramic views and centuries-old trees. Stop at the foot of one of the oldest oaks in Italy (1000 years!). Arrival at the refuge in the afternoon.
Distance: 14 km
Difference in altitude: 900 m
Day 4 – Piano Sempria – Piano Battaglia
We will hike in the heart of the Carbonara Massif. The route offers an incredible variety of environments and landscapes. Stop in a forest of monumental hollies and picnic near Pizzo Canna, where golden eagles nest.
Distance: 12 km
Difference in altitude: 500 m
Day 5 – Pizzo Carbonara
Cicular hike to Pizzo Carbonara. With its 1979 m above sea level, it is the highest peak of the Madonie and the second one in Sicily after Mount Etna. The route will be full of surprises, including sea fossils dating back to millions of years, butterflies and rare plants. Transfer to Cefalù in the afternoon, with stop in the small village of Isnello.
Distance: 8.5 km
Difference in altitude: 400 m
Day 6 – Cefalù – Rocca
We will spend the day in Cefalù, famous for its Arab-Norman cathedral, a UNESCO heritage site. In the morning, we will climb on the Rocca and then we will explore the streets of the old town. Free afternoon.
Distance: 4 km
Height difference: 270 m
Day 7 – Departure
Note: This trek is also available in shorter versions
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