Stunning Reserves and Parks in Sicily

Italy, Sicily, Nebrodi mountains, view of the countryside

Italy, Sicily, Nebrodi mountains, view of the countryside

Sicily has some of Italy’s most magnificent natural parks. It is really a nature lovers paradise, whether you love volcanos, the sea, the mountains, the country or the forests, Sicily has something to satisfy you. There are many websites online such as wishsicily.com that provides you a guide to Sicily, general information, and help you to find out the best cultural attractions and most interesting sites to visit. This way, it will be easier to organize your holiday in Sicily.

Parco del Etna

Parco del Etna, or Etna Park, is famous for the active lava flows that are constantly changing the land. It is located on Europe’s largest volcano, Mount Etna, which continues to erupt several times per year. There is a unique plant universe that can survive on this strange but fertile volcanic soil.

Parco Fluviale dell'Alcantara

Parco Fluviale dell’Alcantara

Among the ferns and the downy oak forests, you will find a vast array of plant and animal life that feeds and nourishes itself on the slopes of Mount Etna. You may have an encounter with a porcupine, dormouse, weasel, fox or wild cat, or perhaps all of the above! However, the true king of Etna Park is the majestic golden eagles.

There are many other birds that live here as well. For example, the owl, peregrine falcon, sparrow hawk, wild dove and heron. One of the best parts about the park are the lovely wines that are grown on its slopes. One of the best ways to enjoy Etna Park is take a hike up to one of the cantinas that offers delicious wine cultivated on location paired with fantastic local delicacies. There is no better way to relax after a long day exploring craters and dodging lava flows.

The park has a total of 58,095 protected hectares and is located in the province of Catania. When you go, make sure to check out the Bove Valley on the eastern side of Etna. It is a natural reservoir into which many of the lava flows have channelled over time. Check at parcoaventuraetna if you are looking for adventure and different green activities.

Parco Naturale dei Nebrodi

Stadtblick Cefalu, Sizilien

Stadtblick Cefalu, Sizilien

The Parco Naturale dei Nebrodi was founded in 1993. It is home to the largest forest in Sicily, about 50,000 hectares of protected land. Some of the trees within the forest are the Fagus sylvatica, which is found in the southern part of the forest.

The Quercus cerris and the Quercus suber grow throughout the whole park. Quercus ilex, Ilex aquifolium and Taxus baccata can be found in the more rocky areas of the park. There are lots of animal species that thrive in this park as well. Don’t forget about the traditional wheat bread, called durum, that is famous to this park and produced exclusively in the surrounding cities.

Parco delle Madonie and Park of Alcantara

Taormina - Sicily

Taormina – Sicily

This protected park is the one and only river park in Sicily, which consists of over 50 km of protected land. While this is one of the smaller natural parks, it does not lack in natural beauty.

There are unique and unusual elements of nature here that are found nowhere else in the world. For example, the powerful geothermic movements that have sculpted the current basalts into their strange and fascinating current forms. In the prehistoric period, a river ran over these sediments of clay, which was followed by a period of volcanic eruptions.

This led the riverbed to become a canal of liquid magma which then sunk into the cracks in the cray. Now, all that remains are the stunning and mysterious basaltic colonnades. The most beautiful of these natural statues is found near the town of Motta Camastra in the Larderia area.

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