This is a cycling tour with strong contrasts, absence of traffic, gorgeous landscapes and some of the island’s best beaches. Every day you will cycle ca. 50 km or less, and this tour is considered of medium difficulty. You start in inner Sicily, and on old asphalt roads you go towards the sea. Here is the description of an adventurous program in the most unreachable territories of the island!
From mountain to sea. Cycling away from (almost) everything.
DAY 1. ARRIVAL
You arrive at the airport in Catania and take bus or train directly to Caltanissetta. Here you will find accommodation in a B&B and get bikes and all the needed equipment.
DAY 2. CALTANISSETTA – SERRADIFALCO – MONTEDORO – BONPENSIERE – SUTERA. 45 KM.
After an abundant breakfast, you start cycling on old asphalt roads without traffic. The landscape is hilly and magnificent. Here durum wheat, olive oil, wine and figs are produced. Towards Serradifalco the landscape opens up and you will have the view towards Sutera with its Mount San Paolino, as well as the Cammarata Mountain. In Montedoro you can take a break at Bar Sferrazza. The landscape becomes more hilly. In the villages, your passage arouses curiosity, as tourism is not common. You continue on swinging roads towards Sutera. The Arabs gave it the name of Soter, meaning “secure”, and has been inhabited for at least 7,000 years. Here you get a well-deserved break at a bar in the oldest Arabian section of town. The view is impeccable here. The B&B is not far away, where you park your bikes and find dinner in the village’s only open trattoria.
DAY 3. SUTERA – MUSSOMELI – CAMMARATA – CASTRONOVO DI SICILIA. 40 KM.
After a solid breakfast in a bar, you cycle down the hills from Sutera among grape ranks and olive trees. Sometimes a farmer passes by with his tractor. You will see Mussomeli on the top of the hill. Then the tour continues downhill to the Platani Valley and towards Cammarata, which was founded by the Normans 1000 years ago. The town covers the hill with a wall of small houses. In the characteristic center, you find a place for lunch. The roads continue to Castronovo di Sicilia, where you find accommodation in a B&B for the night. Dinner at the only available trattoria.
DAY 4. CASTRONOVO DI SICILIA – PALAZZO ADRIANO – BISACQUINO. 50 KM.
After breakfast, you cycle through Castronovo di Sicilia and then head up towards the hill. The landscape suddenly changes and become more open and green. On good roads, you cycle northwest towards Prizzi. You see this town in the far, covering a hill with its small houses. You don’t go up to Prizzi, but follow the road to Palazzo Adriano, the village where the film ‘Nuovo Cinema Paradiso’ was made. Here it’s perfect for a break and have lunch at the beautiful main piazza. The road continues towards Bisaquino, where you find a nice baroque piazza where the B&B is located. Again, you will eat at the only available trattoria in the village.
DAY 5. BISAQUINO – CHIUSA SCLAFANI – CALTABELLOTTA – SCIACCA. 50 KM
After breakfast at the bar in Bisacquino, you start cycling on narrow streets out to the countryside. The road goes through Chiusa Sclafani and then more down and southwards. At the end of the downhill you find San Carlo, which is characterized by the cultivation of citrus trees. You may find an orange to eat on the road. Then you start climbing up towards Caltabellotta. The road is asphalted but old, never steep, winding up the hill. After some kilometers of climbing, you arrive at the other side of the mountain and see towards the sea. When you arrive to Caltabellotta, you will have one of the most amazing views of Sicily. Here you may take a long and refreshing break, before you go downhill to Sciacca. This town has existed since the Phoenicians and is renowned for its thermal spas. It also has a lively port and many ceramic ateliers of local artists. You will check-in a nice hotel in the old part.
DAY 6. SCIACCA – ERACLEA MINOA – SICULIANA MARINA. 52 KM
You’ll start heading south, and then upwards toward Ribera. This small town is known for its orange cultivation. Bar possibilities. From there you’ll once again continue along traffic less roads, out towards the coast, and soon you’ll arrive in Capo Bianco. You’ll see the ruins after the Greek town of Eraclea Minoa with the theater overlooking the sea: the view is fantastic. You continue riding down towards another of the island’s most beautiful beaches, and of course, you will have time for a nice swim. After that, Siculiana Marinara will not be very far away, and you will stay in a hotel at the beach.
DAY 7. SICULIANA–SCALA DEI TURCHI –PORTO EMPEDOCLE–AGRIGENTO. 40 km
After breakfast, you’ll ride on hilly trails of asphalt along the coast. You’ll cycle past the magnificent white rock formation Scala dei Turchi, another great place to take a swim! Then you’ll be rolling down towards the port of Porto Empdocle. There you’ll have the chance to take a break at a local bar in the characteristic old town section. Next you’ll cycle to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento: Sicily’s oldest and most important tourist attraction. The Valley of the Temples was part of Akragas, founded by the Greeks in 581 BC, and considered by the Greek poet Pindaro: “The most beautiful town ever inhabited by people”. The five temples are dedicated to the following deities: Juno, Concordia, Hercules, Jupiter and Castor and Pollux. After visiting you’ll be cycling to the old town where you can take a break at a bar and return the bikes at the B&B.
DAY 8. DEPARTURE.