With a mild climate, beautiful coastline and mountainous regions, Sicily is the ideal destination for an active holiday.
Hiking & Trekking
Hiking & Trekking
A number of nature reserves offer unmarked trails for ramblers with maps available from the park headquarters. The best hikes are in Mount Etna National Park, Lo Zingaro Park and in the Madonie and Nebrodi mountain ranges. Also in the Iblei mountains along the dramatic gorges of the Anapo Valley, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Necropolis of Pantalica, offers some impressive scenery.
With its mountainous landscape and mild climate, Sicily is a great location for rock climbing. Both the Nebrodi and Madonie mountains in northern Sicily offers great opportunities and San Vito Lo Capo on the north west coast, with nearly 4km of sea cliffs, is one of the most popular locations for climbers.
Due to its abundance of family run farmhouse hotels, Sicily is an excellent location for those wishing to go riding. With acres of beautiful countryside and idyllic beaches to explore, horse riding is the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular Sicilian scenery. Many of our hotels can arrange horse riding excursions:
Sicily's dramatic coastline provides some opportunities for watersports from basic pedaloes and canoes to Scuba diving, waterskiing and kitesurfing. If you are a novice looking to learn, watersports facilities are available on the beaches of some of our hotels, and for experts there are specialised dive and watersports centres with equipment to hire for you to experience the clear waters surrounding the island.
Mount Etna, Europe’s highest (3,323m) and most active volcano, is the dominating landmark of Sicily’s east coast. With its constantly changing landscape, exploring Etna provides a great day out visiting some of the craters.
There are guided excursions available from various locations or visitors can drive themselves up the slopes to various points on each side of Etna or the Park Headquarters located on the south side in Nicolosi.
There is a cable car (Funivia) at Rifugio Sapienza (south side) at 1,900m which takes visitors up to 2,500m and then connects with a 4x4 tour bus to continue the journey up to 2,800m where there are guided tours to some of the craters.
Alternatively you can experience the majestic volcanoes landscape by train starting in Catania and travelling in a loop around Etna’s base.
We recommend visiting Etna in the morning to allow plenty of time for this experience.
The cable cars operate from 9am-5:30pm April to November.
From December to February it is possible to ski or snowboard on the slopes of Mount Etna (snow fall dependant), the cable cars and ski lifts are open 9am-3.30pm and ski equipment can be hired on site.