BEAUTIFUL SICILY: THE ALCANTARA RIVER PARK
Now you can enter the Alcantara River Park which was founded in 2001. It lies north of Mount Etna Regional Park. Of course, the main attraction of the park is river Alcantara itself, which flows in the beautiful so-called Alcantara gorges (pic n°3) (Gole dell'Alcantara or Gole di Larderia in Italian), natural coves of volcanic origin, whose walls can be up to 25 meters high. These natural canyons were not created by water: it seems that some seismic movements caused a gap, in which the river gradually flowed. In summer, some of the most famous gorges are passable by wading the cold waters gathered from the nearby mountain range of Nebrodi.
The gorges are of great interest, both from a tourist and a scientific point of view because they include a lot of different natural treasures, such as the spectacular basalt rocks and several species of plants and animals. Make sure to spend a little time here, among gorges, beautiful lakes, streams of freezing-cold waters, and suggestive views!
Departure: Giardini Naxos
Arrival: Francavilla di Sicilia
Length: Km 25
Some pictures about Alcantara River Park:
Alcantara River Park (pic n°1); Motta Camastra (pic n°2); Alcantara gorges (pic n°3); Francavilla di Sicilia (pic n°4); Giardini Naxos (pic n°5); Motta Camastra (pic n°6)
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