Tourist guide to the Madonie Mountains, Sicily

Madonie Park area, ©criography/Flickr

Madonie Park area, ©criography/Flickr

On the wonderful island of Sicily there is a series of high cliffy peaks which are usually snow covered during the winter season until the middle of March. The highest region of this mountain chain is called the Madonie range which is a majestic and splendid sight. The Madonie Mountains are located in the southern region of Sicily between Scillato and Castelbuono, reaching until the coastline of Cefalu.

Its highest peak of 1979 m, called the Carbonara Peak, formerly called the Pizzo della Princiopessa. This peak is the second highest point on the island after Mount Etna. Visit and experience Sicilian rural lifestyle, taste the best regional foods, stroll around Madonie Park and climb the highest peaks.

Ancient history

The Madonie Mountains are an extension of the Peloritan and Nebrodi mountains which together make part of a mountain chain across Italy and Tunisia. The Madonie region is dotted with several towns and villages which were founded back in the 9th century by Saracen Arabs then later as they developed into larger settlements the Normans conquered them. There are also lots of ancient settlements which were built upon Roman, Greek or Sicaninan ruins.

Madonie Mountain area, ©criography/Flickr

Madonie Mountain area, ©criography/Flickr

Hiking and skiing

The Madonie region has it special and unique, local cuisine and lifestyle. In the past years many people emigrated which caused the population drop in the hill towns but in exchange there are many tourists and visitors from the surrounding region who seek sanctuary up in the mountains trying to escape the madness of city life. The Madonie is a perfect place for hiking and skiing in the winter. You can book for accommodation at Piano Battaglia resort for a short winter holiday. Winter does not last long in Sicily however up in the mountains you can experience a real wintery outing.

Hiking at Madonie Mountains,©criography/Flickr

Hiking at Madonie Mountains,©criography/Flickr

Madonie Park

Madonie Park is a natural reserve which embraces many townships such as Cefalu, Polizzi Generosa, Castelbuono, Collesano, Geraci Siculo, Pollina and others. The park has several hiking and walking routes of different levels and lengths. Visitation is recommended to all hike and nature lovers.

Madonie Park area, ©criography/Flickr

Madonie Park area, ©criography/Flickr

Wildlife

The mountains are extremely beautiful in all seasons but the Madonie Mountains are best at winter time, when all the peaks are covered in white snow. The land is generally covered with woods. If you like exploring, be on the lookout for some wild cats, hares, deer, foxes, porcupines and birds. If you are more of a green thumb person there is lots for you to see as well. The area is filled with wild olives, Sicilian fir, Manna Ash flowers, hundred year old giant hollies and many varieties of Madonian Spruce.

 

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