Mount Etna - Taormina - Ionian Sea.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- self guided
Arrival in Nicolosi
Arrival and overnight in Nicolosi, handing out of rental bikes and travel documents.
By public bus to Rifugio Sapienza, possibility to visit Mount Etna, return journey by bike to Nicolosi. At bad weather by public bus to Catania, possibility to do a city tour.
You leave Nicolosi on quiet side roads, mostly total downhill to nature reserve “Forre Iaviche del Simeto” and well-known Sarazenen bridge. Afterwards huge pistachio groves signalize the close city of Bronte. Overnight stay in an country style hotel in the middle of the pistachio groves.
After leaving Bronte we recommend visiting one of numerous pistachio producers. You reach Maniace with well-known Castello Nelson and former Norman abbey Santa Maria di Maniace. Afterwards you continue to Randazzo with well-worth seeing medieval city centre.
You follow the wine street of Mount Etna to the sea with numerous winegrowers along the route. We recommend visiting the city centre of Castiglione di Sicilia with beautiful view onto your next aim, the river valley of Alcantara, natural boarder between Mount Etna and the forests of Nebrodi. At the sea you reach Giardini Naxos, where the Ionian Sea is awaiting you for a bath.
After a few kilometres (with grade) you reach Taormina, pearl of the Ionian Sea. Here you have the possibility for a visit of Castelmola, a picturesque medieval mountain village, about 5 km above Taormina – enjoy the fascination panoramic view across the whole bay until Etna. Afterwards return to Giardini Naxos.
The stage leads you along the Ionian coast, also named lemon Riviera, to the baroque city centre of Acitrezza.
This tour leads mainly alongside roads with less traffic. The tour course is flat and slightly hilly with two steeper climbs. It is suitable for cyclists with a minimum of cycling experience and physical condition. In July and August you have to anticipate at the coast with a higher volume of traffic.
Categorie: 3*** Hotels or Bed & Breakfast
- Overnights in the mentioned category
- Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
- Half board: if booked at least 3-course dinner
- Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
- Detailed travel documents
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Airport Catania
- Transfer Airport Catania – Hotel Nicolosi, € 25 per person
- Transfer Hotel Acireale – Airport Catania, € 25 per person