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The Alcantara Gorges. Enchantment in Sicily for nature and sport enthusiasts

Monday, 31 January 2022 10:58

The Alcantara Gorges, in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily, are an enchantment and a must for all those who love nature and sport. About an hour by car from Catania, these natural volcanic inlets have walls up to 50 meters high, under which the river of the same name flows.

Basalt walls in prismatic shapes 

It is said that a long time ago a small volcano north of Mount Etna awoke, erupting a huge mass of lava that slowly made its way to the sea. The lava river’s winding course was later furrowed out by a stream as it descended the mountainside. Towards the end of its course the water met a more moveable mass of soil, forging two high walls of very hard basalt and moulding it into fascinating prismatic shapes.

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Spectacular overhanging vertical walls

So it was that the Alcantara river created this truly unique valley over tens of thousands of years, relentlessly eroding the outcropping rocks and creating particular lava formations that are still visible today. Considered a place of great beauty the characteristic gorges have soaring overhanging vertical walls that are as spectacular as they are wondrous.  

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Perfect for trekking hiking and rafting

The Alcantara Gorges are most appreciated by those who love nature, outdoor holidays, and dynamic activities such as trekking, river hikes and exciting rafting descents along the crystal-clear waters of the Alcantara river. The rock formations are truly a unique spectacle in a setting of a thousand colours and extraordinary landscapes, and they are the perfect choice for all those who love nature, enjoy exhilarating excursions and delight in relaxing walks.

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