Sicily cycling holiday in Italy

“A week long guided cycling holiday around the UNESCO classics of Sicily, staying at lovely hotels and an agritourismo along the way. Moderate level cycling for six full days. ”

Highlights

Six days of cycling in the Noto Valley/Val de Noto| Palazzolo Acreide | Ragusa Ibla | Ragusa | Modica | Scicli | Isola delle Correnti | Patano Longarini and Patano Cuba wetlands | Vendicari Nature Reserve | UNESCO town of Noto | Cavagrande National Reserve | Cassibile Canyon | Syracuse

Description of Sicily cycling holiday in Italy

On this week long Sicily cycling holiday, the most magnificent of Italy’s islands, if not Europe’s, we take on a circuit through the Noto Valley, a region that has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage. Catania is one of the ancient towns that has contributed to this UNESCO status, and we transfer from here to Palazzolo Acreide inland, and finish our holiday a week later in the ancient and glorious town of Syracuse, before transferring back to Catania. We cycle between 40-60km per day through this south east region, which takes us all the way down to the southernmost point in Isola delle Correnti, where the waters of the Ionian and the Mediterranean meet. Cultural highlights are many en route, including the historic Ragusa Ibla, Palazzolo Acreide and Noto, with Baroque beauty everywhere and some of Italy’s most wonderfully preserved Greek and Roman ruins.
It’s not all ride and ruins on this holiday however, with some stunning natural heritage along our cycle trails. Such as the Cavagrande National Reserve with its immense Cassibile canyon or the sandy marshes of the Vendicari Nature Reserve. Perfect for swimming. In fact you always want to have a swimsuit in your pannier on this cycling holiday, which ends with a visit to the most glorious Greek ruins in Syracuse. Just ask the locals where to swim nearby. They know all the best spots. Please note that this cycling holiday can also be done using electric bikes as well as normal bikes.
 
Please note: It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday.

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Environment
Activity:
As a cycling holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit within Sicily. Use of the bikes allows us to cover fairly large distances, while offering very little adverse impact, like pollution and threat to wildlife. Cycling also allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. We are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people for financial gain.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Water is provided for clients on all cycling trips, and is carried in the support vehicle. Water receptacles are recycled or reused where applicable. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
We use comfortable, locally owned hotels and one ‘agriturismo’- a charming renovated farmhouse. All accommodation is locally staffed and predominantly family run, which has a positive effect on employment levels and economy in the region. Most lodgings are located in proximity to the UNESCO historic sites we visit, which reduces further the need for carbon producing transfer vehicles on the trip. Sicilians are very proud of their local produce and so where meals are provided, fresh, locally sourced ingredients are used as much as possible- which benefits suppliers in the area. Free mealtimes are a valuable chance to explore the wide variety of cafes and restaurants on our route, serving tasty and authentic dishes. Guides can also direct clients to the daily market in Syracuse, which sells seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and regional cheeses, sausages and preserves.

Local Craft and Culture:
Cuisine is a huge part of Sicilian culture and so we include frequent stops at locally owned businesses to introduce traditionally crafted produce and customary specialties. For example, the Modica region has a very long history of small, family run chocolate factories. So before leaving, we have the opportunity to taste its famous chocolate with chilli, which is still prepared using the original Aztec recipe, brought over by the Spaniards in the 1500s. In Mazamemi, guests can support small businesses by sampling local specialties of cherry tomatoes and tuna fish; whilst in Noto, the delicious almond granita with brioche is typical. Of course, there are also ample opportunities to explore beautiful Baroque churches, honey coloured historical towns and the superb Parco Archaeologico at Syracuse.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling the Baroque towns of Sicily

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring good rain gear..when it rains it pours!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes to all three

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent holiday with an amazing guide Iris and bike mechanic Giuseppe. However there was an inconsistency to accommodation. Did not enjoy noisy unsound proofed Ferro Hotel in Modica..in a sketchy neighbourhood ..give it a low rating!
Also the second nite in an Agritourismo in Tenuto Arangio, second night we bought a full dinner and it was below standard and very expensive with very little food..a small bowl of pasta with microscopic shrimp..no appetizer ..salad or even bread for 26 euros...very poor value and poor quality meals! Would not recommend this place for food..room was clean and comfy,nice pool.
The rest of accommodations were very nice esp our first two nights at Palazolla Acre....Colle Acre .food and staff wonderful !!
Also, Siracusa accommodation Was awful...no early breakfast..bed room was dirty..with obvious dirty comforters on the twin
beds in room.
At the end of a long day of cycling..a clean comfy room and good food is a wonderful reward..too bad this trip ended on very poor accomdation.
The bikes were great although we had 13 flat tires among four riders..perhaps hybrid bikes would be more durable and suitable for terrain..as it could be very rough. Would give Iris and Giuseppe five stars but accommodation only was two to three stars
except for the ones I mentioned above.

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Well, most memorable was possibly cycling up a zig zag mountain road in the teeming rain with a river coursing down the road!! That was freak weather
though. Most memorable in a good way was the wild flowers, which were everywhere and spectacular, and the food, which was the best I have ever eaten.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do some training riding up hills! On two of the days there are very long climbs (and very long descents afterwards). Bring clothes for a wide range of weathers
if travelling in April as it can be cool and wet, but when the sun comes out it can also get pretty hot.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think so. There is a visible need to develop sustainable tourism on the island and I think spending money in the local restaurants and shops helps local
people. Tours also give visible value to the unspoiled environment, history and traditions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was challenging and wonderful. Sicily is a fascinating place.

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