3 days tour through woodland and megalithic sites
Valley of Alcantara, Montalbano, Mojo Alkantara and more
This is a wonderful three days trail that will allow you to discover one of the most beautiful landscapes, amazing woodlands, charming meadows, stunning river valleys and wild area of this marvelous island on horseback. Your trail takes you over ancient paths and impressive forest with magnificent scenery.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights – 3 days on horseback.
Riding distance: N.A.
Accomodation & Meals: 2 nights accommodation in double, 3 picnic lunches
Day 1 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours
Today your ride will begin in the spectacular Valley of Alcantara, through enchanting meadows and amazing woodland until you will reach the eastern propensity of the Nebrodi mountain, the impressive forest “Malabotta”, surrounded by marvelous ancient oak and beech forest and under the shadow you will enjoy your pic nic, before you will ride on to the Agrimusco the so called “Sicilian Stonehenge”, following the megaliths with suggestive forms. During your ride admire the beautiful view and in good weather up to the Aeolian Islands.
By early evening you will arrive at your accomodation in Montalbano, where you will appreciate a delicious dinner with local products.
Day 2 – Approximate riding time: 6 hours
After breakfast you will ride through the historic village of Montalbano up to the ancient castle, once served as a summer residence for Federico II d’Aragona. After you outpace the woodland which is dominated by chestnuts and nuts trees you will reach the so called “tholos”, small, circulair, stone buildings until we will ride up to Sicily highest town, called Floresta, located 1274m above sea level.
After your picnic you continue through impressive paths where you perhaps can admire the wild herd of horse with black coat…
known as “Cavalli San Fratellani” You continue through beautiful landscapes of beech, maple and oak trees, before you reach your accommodation in Monte Colla, located in an isolated area at 1400m high and 7km from the paved road.
The farmhouse is from 17th century and has attached a barn.
Day 3 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours
After breakfast you ride towards S. Domenica di Vittoria, a traditional village on the border of the three parks, Etna, Nebrodi and Peloritans. You will reach Mojo Alkantara, famous for its “eccentric crater”, which lava flow has followed the course of the river and modelled the walls in the Alcatara Gorge. After your pic nic you will continue through ancient paths bordered by lava stones and vineyards and reaching the small Alcantara gorge.
You will return to square one and visit before the “Byzantine Cuba” (dates back 7th/8th century).
A short photo stop before you reach your accomodation.
- 3 days in the saddle
- 3 days of guided riding
- 2 nights accommodation in double
- luggage transport with support vehicle
- 3 picnic lunches
- 2 liter bottle of water per day
- Rent of helmet and Chaps
- Transfer on request (to pay locally)
- Single room on request
- Additional nights
- Everything not mentioned under “Included in price
price per person
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