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Mountain-bike tour in the Alcantara Valley

Mountain-bike tour in the Alcantara Valley

4 hours



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  • Mountain-bike through the Alcantara valley, with the scent of lemon groves and Mount Etna looking down from above.
  • A relaxing activity to discover an authentic side of Sicily, far from the most touristy itineraries.
  • In the middle of the 20 km route, visit Castiglione di Sicilia, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Your guide

Ivano L.

Always a globetrotter and lover of outdoor sports, for the past nine years this great passion has turned into a profession.

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Full description

Enjoy a ride through the colours and scents of Sicilian nature, with the constant presence ofEtna , which dominates the Alcantara valley in all its majesty.

You will follow an itinerary of about 20 km through landscapes characterised by Mediterranean nature, far from the crowded tourist routes, to discover an authentic side of Sicily that has remained intact over time: from the river flowing on the slopes of the volcano to Giardini Naxos, passing through Castiglione di Sicilia, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

An ideal mountain-bike tour for those who want to spend a few hours in the midst of nature, in an active way but under the banner of relaxation, tranquillity and the infinite beauty that this island is able to offer.

What we will do

The activity begins with a pick-up at your hotel/residence or at a point agreed upon with your guide in the area of Taormina, Giardini Naxos, and the surrounding area (arrangements can be made after booking). In a few minutes by shuttle bus, we will reach the village of Linguaglossa, 700 m above sea level, where we will mount our mountain bikes and set off on our excursion.

After visiting the village, we will take a cycle path carved out of the old railway of the Alcantara valley, passing near the river of the same name and immersing ourselves in landscapes where theharmony of nature and the intense colours of the Mediterranean reign supreme.

We will then head towards Castiglione di Sicilia, counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy by virtue of its blend of nature, history and tradition. After wandering through its narrow streets for a while, we will take a country road that will lead us to the point where we will stop for a refreshing break with fresh fruit from zero km.

After recharging our batteries, we will set off again for the second part of the tour: about ten kilometres through the lemon groves of the Alcantara valley, withMount Etna watching over our route from above, until we arrive at Giardini Naxos, the final stop on the tour.

The activity lasts a total of four hours and covers a distance of 20 to 25 kilometres, consisting of approximately 70 per cent asphalt roads, with 30 per cent gravel and some slightly uphill stretches.

Who it is aimed at

This activity is open to cyclists of all levels. Children with aminimum height of 130 cm may also participate.

Other information

This activity is bookable from March to October, with the exception of July and August, and is confirmed when there are at least 4 participants.

After booking, you can tell the guide theaddress for the pick-up, if you live in the area of Taormina, Giardini Naxos and surroundings. If you are coming from outside, the appointment will be at the car park just outside the Giardini Naxos motorway exit.

The participation fee includes the hire of a 29" MTB trek.

It is possible to agree with the guide on a departure time other than those indicated, depending on availability.

Recommended clothing

Sportswear and trainers

Don't forget to bring

  • backpack
  • extra water
  • sunglasses
  • camera

What is included

  • Hiking guide
  • Shuttle transport
  • Mountain-bike
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Fruit

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Taormina, Messina

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is flexible. You get a full refund if you cancel within 5 days from the activity start date. Within 4 and 3 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
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