The Alcantara river has its source in the Nebrodi Mountains, at 1,250 m of altitude near Floresta, and it runs for about 50 km. Before flowing into the sea near Capo Schisò, its bed becomes narrower and it runs through the bays of the famous Arab bridge "Al qantar" (meaning “the bridge”), from which its name derives
In prehistoric and proto-historic times lava flows repeatedly obstructed or changed its course. As the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise, it crystallised in the form of high walls characterized by sub-vertical column structures that can be “organ-pipe shaped”, slightly bent and “harp-shaped”, “fan-shaped". Over the millenia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, creating impressive gorges and "ravines" such as the "Gole dell'Alcantara". Upon arrival we descent on foot and we will discover a spectacular view of the whole area at the entrance of the gorge. The beautiful stone cliffs tower forms pentagonal and hexagonal prisms, irregular shapes which interplay with the light, creating forms both graceful and monstrous. A natural botanical reserve is located in the park: your guide, which is an expert in botanic, will give you all the information. Afterwards, we continue our tour by exploring Francavilla di Sicilia where a violent battle took place between the Spaniards and Austrians. Here we will visit the Capuchin Monastery founded in the 16C.
Tour type: private shore trip from Siracusa/ Messina/ Giardini Naxos/ Catania ports of call.
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.
Time duration: 7 hours
Driving time: from Giardini Naxos 15 minutes, from Catania and Messina 50 minutes
Departure time: on demand
Meeting place for cruisers: Port of call pier: The guide/ driver will hold a sign with clients' name.
Tour cost: depends on the services requested (driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please ask for a quote