Discovery hike in the Madonie Park

Off the beaten track
Off the beaten track
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The perfect excursion to discover the beauty of the Madonie in one day

  • Duration:5 hours
  • Difficulty level:Medium
  • Distance:About 10km
  • Difference in altitude:400m
  • When:All year long except winter (snow)
  • Price:From €59 per adult

Hike in some of the most amazing places of the Carbonara Massif

This hike will lead you to places little frequented by hikers and you will surely meet more deer than people during the day.
In company of our English-speaking nature guide, you will reach some of the most beautiful places of the Carbonara Massif and walk through a huge range of habitats, including woods of evergreens, mountain pastures rich in rare plants, karst dolines, woods of beech trees (the southernmost in Europe)… We will also stop at the magical wood of giant holly trees in Piano Pomo.
During the hike, we will have a lunch break at the foot of one of the most majestic centuries-old trees of the Madonie (you can bring your own food or use our picnic service).
We will enjoy many beautiful panoramic viewpoints and on clear days we will be able to see as far as Mount Etna. We will often see raptors or corvids in flight and, in summer, a myriad of butterflies.

If you’re interested in the Madonie’s unique giant hollies, you might also consider our Giant holly trees hike.

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.


  • Incredible variety of biodiversity, habitats and landscapes
  • Amazing panoramic views
  • Tasty breakWith the best local biscuits
  • Many opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna
  • Stop at Piano Pomo's giant hollies and pagliaio (shepherd's shelter)
  • Perfect for those looking for a beautiful hike near CastelbuonoIf you prefer an easier hike, you could consider our Giant holly trees hike


Small group tours (maximum 10 participants):

Adults: 59€
Children (12-16 years old): 25€
For families with younger children, we suggest the Giant holly trees hike (from 8 years old)

Private tours:

Maximum 10 people: 210€ 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) - Language options include Italian, English and French
  • Free hiking equipment rentalIn the limit of the available stock
  • 10% Discount on the second excursionYou will find the discount code in the first booking confirmation email
  • 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
  • Reduced entry price to Castelbuono museumsValid for the Castle and the Museo Naturalistico F. Minà Palumbo

Optional Extras

  • Picnic in the mountainsIf you want to include a picnic lunch, please specify it when booking and we will contact you before the excursion.
  • 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 shoes (compulsory)Due to the type of trails, it’s better if they have a high upper.
  • Water bottle
  • Picnic
  • Windproof jacket
  • Clothes suitable to the weather conditions