Sicily – South East Cycling Holiday

A fantastic cycling holiday in south-east Sicily, a region that offers real contrasts – from stunning mountain scenery to coastal wetlands. This self-guided cycling holiday takes you to some truly fabulous baroque towns, protected landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

You’ll start in the Hyblean Mountains in the island’s south east corner and pass through canyons and rugged upland landscapes before turning downhill to reach the coast. Here you’ll visit age-old fishing villages and preserved nature sanctuaries where you can look out for rare migratory birds.

Noto

Moving on you’ll have ample opportunity to admire the region’s distinctive architecture before pedaling onwards to end your journey in Syracuse, where history is round every corner. You’ll mostly be following flat, quiet back roads. Any uphill sections aren’t brutal so the tour is suitable for any moderately fit and active person.

Sicily – South East Cycling Holiday

A fantastic cycling holiday in south-east Sicily, a region that offers real contrasts – from stunning mountain scenery to coastal wetlands. This self-guided cycling holiday takes you to some truly fabulous baroque towns, protected landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

You’ll start in the Hyblean Mountains in the island’s south east corner and pass through canyons and rugged upland landscapes before turning downhill to reach the coast. Here you’ll visit age-old fishing villages and preserved nature sanctuaries where you can look out for rare migratory birds.

Noto

Moving on you’ll have ample opportunity to admire the region’s distinctive architecture before pedaling onwards to end your journey in Syracuse, where history is round every corner. You’ll mostly be following flat, quiet back roads. Any uphill sections aren’t brutal so the tour is suitable for any moderately fit and active person.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Palazzolo Acreide

Make your way to Palazzolo Acreide in the Hyblean Mountains, where you’ll spend your first night in Sicily. Pick up your bikes and detailed road book with all the maps and information you’ll need to make this self-guided cycling tour go smoothly.

Day 2 : Palazzolo Acreide – Ragusa Ibla – Modica
32 miles/ 50 kms

There will be time to explore Palazzolo Acreide’s graceful old town before cycling through some beautiful upland scenery, alternating from rugged rock outcrops to tranquil green pastures and stonewalled fields. Make your way to Modica, famous for its chilli-tinged chocolate! En route stop and visit the hillside town of Ragusa Ibla, one of the prettiest baroque towns in the “Val di Noto’. There’s a little bit of uphill en route that’ll stretch your legs and get you in the mood for supper!

Day 3 : Modica – Pozzallo
27 miles/ 42 kms

It’s another extremely scenic day today, as you leave Modica behind and pass through this stunning mountain region, entering striking canyons and taking a break at Scicli, with its warren-like maze of alleys. Continue your ride downhill all the way to the Sicilian coast at Pozzallo with its lovely sandy beaches.

Day 4 : Pozzallo – Marzamemi
36 miles/ 57 kms

Although this is one of the longer days of riding, you’re leaving the mountains and the terrain is pancake flat. You’ll be able to cover a good stretch of ground easily and will pass through the Sicilian wetlands where rare birds stop over on their way between Europe and Africa. Today your journey will also take you along the coast to the southernmost tip of Sicily where you’ll actually be on the same latitude as northern Tunisia. Continue through the age-old fishing village of Marzamemi and finish in San Lorenzo for the night.

Day 5 : Marzamemi – Noto
22 miles/ 35 kms

More flat, easy riding today, as you head north along the coastal roads. Your route enters the Oasi di Vendicari coastal nature park, an unspoilt reserve of birdlife and plants. Continuing through this lesser-known part of southern Sicily you’ll reach Noto, one of the island’s most interesting and beautiful towns, famous for its intricate baroque architecture and part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 6 : Noto – Syracuse
24 to 35 miles/ 38 to 55 kms

Today you have two options of route. You can cycle inland to the vista point of Cavagrande del Cassible, followed by a spectacular twisting downhill to the coast and then onto Syracuse. Alternatively, opt to enjoy more flat, coastal riding, as you head to the famous city of Syracuse, where ancient Greek ruins are still part of the fabric of the city. You won’t want to miss the amphitheatre and other ancient sites, but Syracuse isn’t just stuck in the past. It’s a vibrant bustling city with great restaurants and a real buzz about it – a great place to end your Sicilian cycling tour.

Day 7 : Stracuse - end of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent (payable locally, €10). This must be advised at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels, guesthouses and inns.

Acreide: Hotel Colle Acre

Modica: Ferro Hotel

Pozzallo: Sikania Suite

Pachino: Tenuta Arangio

Noto: Hotel Flora

Siracuse: Piccolo Hotel Casa Mia

Local taxes

Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night.



Getting there

Fly to Catania

Research flights from the UK here

Arrival and departure transfers from/to Catania Airport may be booked in advance. Approximate cost is €50 per person each way and is to be paid locally.

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