Alcantara Gorge

Alcantara Gorge

The Alcantara Gorge is a true natural wonder in Sicily, created by the volcano Etna.

The impressive basalt cliffs, basalt organs and the crystal clear waters of the Alcantara river can be explored on foot along a well-maintained path. For the more adventurous, canyoning down the icy river (10-13 degrees Celsius even in summer) is also an option.

Those who choose the hiking option can admire the gorge’s amazing rock formations and Mediterranean flora, lemon trees, orange trees and prickly pears from viewpoints along the way.

For those who don’t fancy a swim, there’s also the Alcantara Creek, where you can walk into the narrow (in many places 1.5-2m) and 50m high rock walls, fall behind the waterfalls that cascade down from above and admire the beauty of this rare natural wonder.

The 50-metre deep gorge can be reached on foot in about 10 minutes by stairs, or you can take the lift (cost about €13).

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