Discover one of Sicily’s most renowned natural wonders on this full-day day tour of Alcantara Gorge from Messina. Trek through the gorge, past dramatic cliffs and waterfalls; dive in to swim in a natural lake; then visit the lively town of Taormina. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off is included.
With a transfer from the port terminal of approximately an hour, you will arrive at the Alcantara Canyons, an extraordinary and unique place. Up to 50 meters high, the canyons were created by the cooling phenomena of very old lava flows in the middle of the cool waters of the Alcantara River. The Botanical and Geological Park of Alcantara Canyon lets you visit this natural sight every moment of the year, in comfort and safety.
The famous and renowned beach situated in front of the entrance of the canyon can easily be reached via lifts or by the stairs of Motta Camastra district.
The interior part of the canyon is available for an initial stretch of about 25/30 meters due to safety restrictions and the meteorological conditions above the water level. The downstream area is characterized by lakes, rocks, and little waterfalls, and is fun to wade through. Waterproof waders are available for rental if you wish to enter this area.
Thanks to the path network of the Botanical and Geological Park of Alcantara Canyon, you can visit all over the year through the Canyon Path and the Eleonora Path that run the canyon along its length, with many gorgeous views along the canyons. There's also quite a few plaques and charts that give information and descriptions about the places as you tour them.
After, enjoy a visit to Taormina, a wonderful village situated not far from the Alcantara Gorges. You will have the opportunity to spend some time by yourself on the main street, Corso Umberto. Here you will be enchanted by the harmony of the structures and the richness of the shops and boutiques.