Natural Caves Hike in the Madonie Mountains

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Discover the most surprising aspects of the Madonie's geology

  • Duration:3½ hours
  • Difficulty level:Medium
  • Distance:7km
  • Difference in altitude:250m
  • When:All year long except July and August
  • Price:From €44 per adult

Caves and sea fossils in the middle of the mountains

Did you know that the Madonie Park is not only rich in biodiversity but is also a UNESCO Geopark? During this excursion, you will discover how natural caves were formed in the local rocks and why amazing sea fossils can be found on the top of the mountains.

Together with our English-speaking nature guide, you will walk through an itinerary that mixes woods and panoramic view points. Stops include two small caves that are easily accessible and a pit cave (we will remain on the edge, behind the security fence). The hike offers beautiful views over the lower part of the Madonie Mountains, Castelbuono, and the Thyrrenian coast.

Where and when to meet?

You will meet your guide in Castelbuono (Province of Palermo) at 9 am.
If you aren’t sure where it is, don’t worry, as you will be provided with a map indicating the meeting point when you book. Each guest will then follow the guide in their own vehicle until the starting point of the trail (15 min). If you don’t have a car, please contact us.


  • Sea fossils hidden in the rocks
  • Visit to 2 small natural caves
  • Amazing panoramic views
  • Opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna
  • Ideal for those looking for a beautiful hike near Castelbuono
  • Perfect for families with children from 10 years old For younger kids, you can choose our Family excursion or our Madonie Hike to Piano Pomo’s Giant Hollies


Small group tours (maximum 10 participants):

Adults: 44€
Children (6-16 years old): 15€
Children (0-5 years): free

Private tours:

Maximum 10 people: 170€ fixed price
More than 10 people: please contact us

Want to personalize this excursion to make it even more special? Contact us

Madonie Explorers' Guarantee

  • Qualified English-speaking nature guideMember of AIGAE (Associazione Italiana Guide Ambientali Escursionistiche) with experience - Language options include Italian, English, French
  • 15% Discount on the second excursionYou will find the discount code in the first booking confirmation email
  • Free hiking equipment rentalIn the limit of the available stock
  • Free cancellationUp to 48 hours before the tour
  • Rescheduling or cancellation with refund in case of bad weatherIf Madonie Explorers cancels the excursion because of bad weather conditions, you can choose to reschedule the excursion or to be refunded
  • Local snackBiscuits
  • Reduced entry price to Castelbuono museumsValid for the Castle and the Museo Naturalistico F. Minà Palumbo

Optional Extras

  • Transport from the meeting point to the departure of the trailParticipants must have a car. If you don't have one, please contact us and we will find the best solution.

What to Bring

Let us know when booking if you miss equipment: we can lend you hiking shoes, poles, jackets, etc.

  • Hiking or good sport shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Windproof jacket
  • Clothes suitable to the weather conditions