Unique in the Italian and European natural landscape, the Alcantara Gorges are one of the must-see attractions of Sicily. Located about 20 km from Taormina, the gorges are real canyons made of black lava walls up to 50 meters high, in the typical shape of a prism that the rocks have taken during the cooling process.
Within the grooves, the toning and crystal clear waters of the river Alcantara run surrounded by an unspoiled landscape, with rare flora and fauna.
The purity of the natural habitat has been facilitated by its hidden position, which has preserved its existence; until the fifties in fact this site was completely unknown.
The Alcantara Gorges have by now become a famous attraction even beyond national borders, and it is considered one of the most beautiful and natural sites in Italy.
Alcantara gorges are open all year round thanks to the paths that allow the feasibility of the place even in the event that the river should be in the flood period.
The path to the beach is one of them. The route passes through the Alcantara Gorges from the origins of the site to the famous beach. Along the way there some points of observation have been built, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
The path of Eleanor got its start at the Botanic and Geological Park of the Alcantara Gorges: the beautiful views of the canyon continue for more than 600 meters. It includes the descent to the beach via a lift.
The path of Venus will cross the various beaches, waterfalls, the Mitoggio Gorge and the Arabic bridge. It lasts for about 2 km from the beach of the Gorges, continuing along the river.
The Canyoning is the most characteristic and charming route of the Alcantara Gorges: it plans, in fact, the crossing of the most important Gorges, the steepest stretch and the most spectacular jumps that the river performs inside the canyon.