A variety of vast terrains, wondrous mountains, and distinctive islands create the east coast of Sicily. From caves to volcanoes, this scenic landscape has something to offer everyone. For those seeking the shiver of adrenaline during your travels, let us guide you through the most exciting activities around Catania to add to your agenda.
Mt. Etna Excursion
If you’re feeling the itch of adventure, check out Mt. Etna, the largest peak in Europe. You will find a multitude of tours to choose from when opting to spend the day exploiting the natural monument. From half or full-day tours around galvanising precipices, exploring extinct craters, or riding up the rocky landscape on a quad bike, to sunset tours that allow you to watch the orange orb of daylight disappear into the Ionian sea, Mt. Etna can be a multi-day adventure that will satisfy any and all action cravings.
While experiencing the majesty of Mt. Etna, challenge yourself with one of the aerial adventure parks. Offering zip-lining, climbing, and obstacles courses these parks not only provide a fun and active afternoon but you will also get to see the beautiful expanse of nature and views around Etna Park. In these organised and well-maintained playgrounds, professional guides will show you all the ins and outs of what they have to offer and cater to how you want to spend your day.
Mt. Etna and the east coast of Sicily are full of caves ripe for exploring. If you’re seeking a more tropical escapade you can survey the renowned Blue Grotto Cave. Enjoy vibrant views of Mazzaro Bay by boat, touring through a chain of aquatic caves. You can also explore the extensive lava caves of Mt. Etna or the famed Grotto del Gelo (Ice Cave) that stays icy all year-round. Expert guides will aid you in plunging deep into Mt. Etna for an electrifying experience.
Spend a day on Vulcano Island
This quiet volcano may not be the most active belonging to the Aeolian Islands but it certainly has a variety of activities to fill your day. Feeling a more relaxed itinerary? Take a dip in the bubbling therapeutic mud baths and sunbathe on the steaming sulfuric rocks, or take a walk down the black sand beaches. If you’re after a more invigorating pastime, you can also scale the sleeping giant. After an intensive hike you’re rewarded with the massive crater and striking views of the islands and seaside.
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