Parco delle Madonie

This amazing park could very well be considered a botanic paradise, as the flora plays a major role in the overall territory. Its peaks reach approximately 2,000 meters in height, and has approximately 2,600 of Sicily’s species, as well as 150 out of 200 endemic species. The wildlife in this park can be characterized by around 65% of nesting birds and mammals that are found in this region of Italy, and is well known for the landscape’s interesting geological aspects.

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From various points in the park, one is able to admire other landscapes, including the Aeolian Islands, Nebrodi and Etna, which offers nothing but gorgeous views at sunset and at dawn. There are various trails, a hiking center and even camping areas.

Trekking

Also known as Nordic Walking, this activity may just seem like a regular nature walk, but with the use of very special sticks. These sticks give you the ability to push the highest number of muscles in your body to increase your energy expenditure. It also promotes an exercise level of cardio circulatory that will bring many benefits. This type of activity is great for those of all ages, even children, and is great for your heart and your circulatory system, it strengthens your shoulders and your arms, improves your back’s posture and tones your buttocks and legs. By taking part in this activity with a qualified instructor, learning the correct techniques are incredibly easy.

You do not have to walk through forests or mountains either, doing this through the streets will still bring all the benefits, when you practice this technique for up to 4 hours at a time. This means you can get your daily errands completed, while practicing the technique at the same time. Nordic Walking the streets of Cefalu, Castelbuono or even walking through the Madonie is one of the best things that you could ever do for yourself, especially if you have an experienced instructor.

Quad Excursions

Trecking through the city streets is one way to discover Italy, but if you are more adventurous and want to see what nature has to offer, going on a quad excursion is the best way to do so. The woods and the path of the Madonie are literally the definition of complete freedom considering the fact that these areas are completely uncontaminated, magical, unique and are easily accessible by quads.

 

Taking a quad out into Madonie Park gives you full access to the fauna and flora that composes approximately 70% of birds, such as eagles and hawks, and 60% of mammals, such as foxes, deer, and boars. When you reach the highest peaks of this amazing park, you are able to enjoy the incredible view of Madonie, that is characterized by woods and trails. By going on a quad excursion through Madonie, you will have the opportunity to discover the landscape and the beautiful views of the various caves, as well as Pollina’s famous river.

 

These excursions allow you to breathe everything in, all of the smells that you would normally miss, as well as all the sights that you literally cannot get anywhere else. Madonie Park is a place that very few have the opportunity to enjoy, but when you are on a quad, it becomes that much more enhanced.

Day Trips and Tours from Cefalù

If you wish to explore beyond Cefalu you can head directly south to reach Madonie Regional Natural Park. Another option is to catch a train that takes you to Palermo, the capital of Sicily.

There is also the possibility of booking a few day trips out on organised tours. Ideas for this would include options to visit Mount Etna and Agrigento. If you wish to visit the Aeolian Islands you can do this quite easily from Cefalu as well. The sailings are not provided all year round so do check availability prior to booking your holiday if you wish to make sure you can do this for the day.