Hiking holiday in Sicily – the Nebrodi Mountains

Nebrodi Mountains, ©Maria Izzo/Flickr

Nebrodi Mountains, ©Maria Izzo/Flickr

When planning a holiday one considers many factors. If you are one looking for undisturbed peace, fresh, unpolluted air, beautiful old villages, lots of forests, gentle mountains and astonishingly beautiful views the Nebrodi Mountains are for you!

This region of Sicily is only partly touched and mysteriously does not attract many tourists although it is a wonderful area. If you are looking for an adventure and you are ready to explore we recommend you to visit the Nebrodi Mountains and discover the less uncharted territories of Sicily.

Nebrodi National Park

While you are there you might want to visit Nebrodi National Park which has been instituted in 1993. The largest national park of Sicily is located on a surface area of 85.000 acres. Here you can take a look at a large variety of flora and fauna. Many animals take residence in the park such as wild cats, porcupines, hares, foxes, Nebrodian pigs and Fratello horses. To mention a few nameable species of the flora we would like to raise your attention to the holm oas, myrtle, beech forests and oak woods.

Myrtle, ©dichohecho/Flickr

Myrtle, ©dichohecho/Flickr

A stunning view from Monte Soro

Monte Soro is the highest mountain in the area with an altitude of 1847 meters. Reach the peak and enjoy a breathtaking view from the top, from where you will see the smoking Etna, the Aeolian Islands and the Madonie Mountains.

Madonie Mountains view, ©criography/Flickr

Madonie Mountains view, ©criography/Flickr

The wonderful lakes of the area add even more to the charm and beauty of the landscape. Take a walk or cycle to Lago Ancipa or Lago Biviere and enjoy the natural paradise.

Sights – Greek tracks

As you explore the Nebrodi Mountains you will find evidence of Byzantine Greek presence. They came to the island during the 4th and 5th century AD and left a few churches and monasteries behind. The most outstanding ones can be found in Nicosia, Troina and Mistretta or San Salvatora di Fitalia, San Fratello and Floresta. In San Fratello there is a lovely building called Convento di San Francesco and a beautiful Norman church from the 11th century.

Nebrodi Mountains, ©Maria Izzo/Flickr

Nebrodi Mountains, ©Maria Izzo/Flickr

Explore and discover

There is no recipe for a Nebordi upland holiday. One must take chances and follow intuition. You never know what natural beauty you will discover as you take a path seemingly untrodden. Try your luck and find the most charming villages and secret food shops selling mouthwatering delicacies.

 

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