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Perched 900-mt a.s.l. is the charming medieval village of Montalbano Elicona Sicily with its warm atmosphere. Discover its historic center with the beautiful Aragon Castle, 14th-century old churches, and lovely houses that still retain unique sandstone decorations on their front doors.
Meet the locals in the main square and buy some typical products such as the famous cheese “Provola di Montalbano”. After the village experience, we will reach the astonishing Argimusco Plateau.
Here with a peaceful walk, visitors will learn about the geology of its huge sandstone rocks and their very surprising profiles.
Possibility to do an interesting hike in Malabotta wood.
Hey there! We are Chiara, Katia, Mariarita and Sara. We promise you will love the cozy town of Montalbano and the magic of the Argimusco Plateau at sunset. Be ready to buy a house there because you may not want to leave!
Montalbano Elicona Sicily: we will visit the medieval town of Montalbano Elicona Sicily with its beautiful Aragon Castle that tower over the village. Meet the locals in the main square and be charmed by narrow streets and alleways.
Argimusco Plateau: let yourself be enchanted by the wonderful and mysterious sandstone rocks of the Argimusco plateau.
Hikes: with your expert and local guide, you can choose the activity level of your hike. The walk in the Argimusco Plateau is very easy and suitable for everyone, but if you want to reach the heart of Malabotta wood you may need a higher fitness level.
Guided tour of Montalbano Sicily: with your guide, you will visit the medieval town of Montalbano Elicona and its beautiful Aragon Castle. The Mother Church and the beautiful viewpoint on the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Aeolian Islands.
Geology: discover the impressive sandstone rock formations of the Argimusco Plateau with a focus provided by your expert tour guide.
Nature: visiting a nature reserve of Malabotta wood you will find yourself in a nature reserve with century-old oaks and many other local specimens typical of the Mediterranean vegetation.
Archaeoastronomy: the unique site of the Argimusco Plateau was probably used in pre-historic times as a skyscape observatory, because of the presence of the Salvatesta Rock behind which the sun rises at the equinoxes.
History: the medieval village of Montalbano Elicona still keeps its fascinating atmosphere. Discover the village and especially the Aragon Castle.
Starting from your accommodation we will reach first the medieval and cozy village of Montalbano Elicona. Here you will spend the morning visiting the ancient Aragon Castle, exploring the village with its stone houses, ancient churches, and palaces with beautifully decorated doors, and enjoying the panoramic views over the Tyrrhenian coast.
Lunch break at a local restaurant to taste the typical delicacies of the area. After lunch, possibility to visit a local bakery to buy the famous bread of Montalbano, and a store to taste local cheese. Other typical products of the area are hazelnuts and chestnuts.
In the afternoon we will reach by van the magic Argimusco Plateau, not far from the village of Montalbano Elicona. Here we will have a peaceful hike among ferns and sandstone rocks with the strangest forms: the eagle, the praying goddess, the priest, and many more. Your guide will provide you with a focus on the geological origins of these rocks and the historical background of the area. As the sun goes down, the most suggestive and warm sunset will round off our day.
Remember that this tour will take you at 900/1200 mt a.s.l, then in autumn, you may need warm clothes. Hiking shoes are recommended.
Our Sicily experiences will be only assured for the accommodation located in North Eastern Sicily.
Ho partecipato a tanti viaggi organizzati da Discover Messina, devo fare i complimenti a tutto lo staff, sempre gentili e preparati.
Grande organizzazione sia nei percorsi dei viaggi scelti, che negli alberghi in cui abbiamo pernottato e soprattutto nel cibo di ottima qualità, il tutto condito da tanta allegria e divertimento provare per credere.
UNA GIORNATA TRA CULTURA E MERAVIGLIE NATURALI
Ottima organizzazione ed assistenza durante la gita. visitato oltre Argimusco anche il bosco di Malabotta
e il castello di Montalbano. da rifare. posti unici. buono il pranzo a base di pietanze tipiche del luogo.