Giant holly trees hike

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Immerse yourself into the incredible biodiversity of the Madonie

  • Duration:3½ hours
  • Difficulty level:Medium-easy
  • Distance:About 5km
  • Difference in altitude:250m
  • When:All year long! As part of the itinerary is shaded, the hike can take place even in the hot Sicilian summer.
  • Price:From €44 per adult

Hike in magical woods

Why are the Madonie giant holly trees so special? It’s one of the many fascinating things you will discover together with our English-speaking nature guide during this excursion.

The hike will lead you to an area of the Madonie Park particularly rich in centuries-old monumental trees (oaks, holm oaks, beeches, maples and, indeed, hollies) and you will walk through very diverse landscapes. In just a few hours, you will experience a true immersion into the natural richness of the Madonie.

The main stop will be a wood of giant hollies. This extraordinary place is composed of more than 100 trees that reach nearly 20m high and are several centuries old: it is absolutely one of a kind. A few steps away, the pagliaio – a refuge built on the model of the traditional shepherds’ shelters – will welcome us for a tasty break with Castelbuono’s best biscuits.

Breathtaking landscapes

Along the trail, we will stop to admire wonderful views over the Tyrrhenian coast and the mountains (as far as Mount Etna on clear days!). On our way, we will cross paths with some of the Madonie Mountains’ inhabitants (birds, fallow deer, butterflies, coleopters, etc.) and we will observe interesting plants, including rare endemic species. We will also go back in time through captivating stories of bandits, shepherds and charcoal burners.

Where and when to meet?

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


  • The mystery of the Madonie giant hollies unveiled
  • Amazing panoramic views
  • Tasty breakWith the best local biscuits
  • Many opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna
  • Ideal for those looking for a beautiful and relatively easy hike near CastelbuonoA shorter and easier version is also available. Please contact us
  • Perfect for families with children 8 years and older With younger children, you could consider our Family excursion


Small group tours (maximum 10 participants):

Adults: 44€
Children (6-16 years old): 20€
Children (0-5 years): free

Private tours:

Up to 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 and French
  • 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
  • Free hiking equipment rentalIn the limit of the available stock
  • 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 (or good sport shoes)
  • Water bottle
  • Windproof jacket
  • Clothes suitable to the weather conditions