Bike across Sicily main pictures
Bike across Sicily main pictures

Bike across Sicily

On our adventure across the whole Sicily we'll learn about the epic history of this colorful region. Starting from Palermo we'll cross the Arabic west, then we'll head south immersing ourselves in the Magna Graecia, ending with the triumph of Baroque in the East.

Highlights


Palermo and its markets

Palermo and its markets

Cathedral of Monreale

Cathedral of Monreale

Marsala wine

Marsala wine

Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

Valley of the Temples in Agrigento

Doris ChapatteDoris Chapatte
11:53 12 Sep 22
We did the "big-loop" from the 20.08.2022.The big loop ist 12 days road bike around the island. We have booked the trip 1.5 weeks before (last minute) and everything has been organised perfectly. We had an extra break day every 4 days biking. And was great.Mediterras has answer to all our questions. On the day of departure, our bikes we ready, we got time to get full explanation of the tour. We got a navigation system with all the routes. Everything was very clear and very well organised. Our lugage was every evening delivered at the next hotels.The hotel has been wonderfully selected, and always at some nice location and not too far away from the center or the beach. Thank again to Mediterras team for the wonderful holidays.I would give more than a 5 Stars for this trip and the wonderful team.Doris & Jean-Luc - from Swizerland
Tadhg CookeTadhg Cooke
12:46 09 Jun 22
A fantastic introduction to cycling in Sardinia. I just rented the bike in Cagliari for a few days at the end of my holiday, with no particular routes in mind. Gian Mario kindly suggested two nice challenging routes, and sent the GPX files. I only had time for one of them - but it was an absolute gem. Starting in the city, cycling along Poetto, before turning towards the hills. After one tiny village, I didn't pass another café or shop for 40 or 50 km. Just me and the pain in my legs. Superb. The bike was a gem - a former Lotto Jumbo team bike which was ridden in the Paris Roubaix by Tom Leezer. I was a *bit* slower, but I probably enjoyed it more! Wonderful experience - lovely people - always available on whatsapp if I needed anything, which was very reassuring when I don't speak Italian or Sardu! I will definitely use them again if/when I return to Sardegna.Thanks again!
We did the Sicily Baroque tour with Mediterras. Self guided on bikes (el and manual). Gian and his team did adapt the tour for our needs and did all to make the tour enjoyable. Few problems surfaced but all were solved. The trail was interesting and added a lot to our understanding of Sicily, its landscape and life in the rural areas. Accommodations were all good, and the quality of the food in the restaurants Gian had arranged varied from good to excellent. At the end of our tour we did a walk in the hillsides of Etna arranged by Mediterras.The Etna tour was wonderful. We were lucky with weather given the circumstances. It was a bit foggy and a bit cold, but it did not rain. The guides did a good job of explaining the geology of Etna for us and the two geology-educated persons in the group! The hike was challenging, which suited the group well. The food and wine at Barbaras place was totally excellent! Six stars out of five.We were not as lucky in Taormina! It did rain cats and dogs. The drivers did adapt quite well. Did stop at several foto-ops and at the entry gate to the pedestrian street. We did wander through the Greek theatre and the pedestrian walk, did have a stop at a fancy coffe-shop/bar and then decided to skip the dinner and return early back to Syracusa.
W. B.W. B.
16:03 20 Oct 21
I found this company using google and right away Gian was very responsive. I told them what we were looking for, gave specific parameters for distance and elevation, and they put together an itinerary very quickly that completely matched what I asked for. The entire trip was seamless from the 1am pickup at airport to drop off after 10 days of cycling. The routes were on quiet wonderful roads and the hotels they chose were all great. A really good local company which does what they claim to do very well. Highly recommend.
Ilja WinkertIlja Winkert
11:14 17 Sep 21
I rented quite spontaneously a city bike for my whole stay here near Cagliari. The workshop is very well located. Grocery shopping, going to the beach and the city worked very well. Bike were in a good condition. I was properly advised. Fully recommend this place.
ZosiaZosia
14:46 23 Aug 21
We are so happy that we found this rental. Very nice, helpfull and professional customer service. We recommend to everyone!
juliet clarkejuliet clarke
17:20 15 Jun 21
Mediterras arranged a self guided cycling trip through South Eastern sicily stopping in beautiful baroque towns. They arranged everything with less than a weeks notice, keeping us up to date on accommodation, bikes equipment etc.My husband and I had a wonderful time. The ride was perfect, having both been off a bike for several months, the ride was the perfect combination of hills and flats for us to really enjoy it. The accommodation was far better than what we were expecting for the price and recommendations for dinner and stops spot on. We ate incredibly well and all the hosts in the villas and hotels very welcoming and helpful.I would certainly recommend them especially arranging it all with such little notice.
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Day to Day

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner;
1Arrival in PalermoWarm up rideD
2Palermo to TrapaniCycling 110Km/1800mB
3Trapani to SelinunteCycling 100Km/600mB
4Selinunte to AgrigentoCycling 95Km/1200mB D
5Agrigento to Piazza ArmerinaCycling 100Km/1800mB D
6Piazza Armerina to RagusaCycling 90Km/1500mB
7Ragusa to NotoCycling 100Km/1500mB
8Noto to SiracusaCycling 65Km/800mB D
9Siracusa to EtnaCycling 36Km/1200mB D
10Zafferana to TaorminaDepartureB

Tour Map


Day 1: Arrival in Palermo

The Kaleidoscopic Capital of the Med
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Sicily has been ruled by many people: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Turks, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, Austrians and finally Italians. Each civilization left its mark, and we’ll see it in the streets of Palermo, considered the real capital of the whole Mediterranean.

Overnight: Palermo
Included: Dinner

Day 2: Palermo to Trapani

Magnificent Sea Views and Scents of Northern Africa
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The hihlights of the day are the majestic Cathedral of Monreale, the views over Castellammare del Golfo village and the northern African perfumes of Trapani.

Overnight: Trapani
Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Trapani to Selinunte

The Paradise of Marsala Vineyards
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Our days starts with the peaceful ride among the ancient salt works and the luscious vineyards of Marsala, ending at the coast in Selinunte and its majestic Greek temples.

Overnight: Selinunte
Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Selinunte to Agrigento

The stunning heritage of Magna Grecia
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Again along the coast, leaving Sciacca and its scenic sea views, conquering the whole glory of this part of Magna Grecia in the Temples Valley of Agrigento, one of the most spectacular settings in the world.

Overnight: Agrigento
Included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 5: Agrigento to Piazza Armerina

The most elegant Roman Villa at the heart of rural Sicily
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That's the hardest stage of the tour, climbing through the dry hills of inner Sicily up to the old village of Piazza Armerina, hosting the amazing Villa Romana del Casale,
one of the best-preserved buildings built by the Romans about 2000 years ago.

Overnight: Piazza Armerina
Included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 6: Piazza Armerina to Ragusa

The elegant Baroque of Ragusa Ibla
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The town of Caltagirone is world known for its refined pottery. Then we'll cross olive groves and vineyards as far as the eye can see, ending at the magical Ragusa Ibla, a marvelous city known throughout the world.

Overnight: Ragusa
Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Ragusa to Noto

Modica Chocolate and Flamboyant Baroque
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In Modica we’ll discover the ancient chocolate making tradition, we'll cross the perfumed citrus orchards of Noto Valley, introducing us to the flamboyant baroque of Noto.

Overnight: Noto
Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Noto to Siracusa

Magnificent Ortigia and its Cathedral
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Today we'll conquer the sea bastions on the island of Ortigia, the ancient Greek settlement originating the most powerful Greek colony in the Mediterranean with its incredible Cathedral of Syracuse, built as a Greek temple dedicated to Athena, then converted in a church by the Normans.

Overnight: Siracusa
Included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 9: Siracusa to Etna

At the sight of His Majesty the Etna
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Mount Etna is the highest active Volcano of Europe. We’ll climb in this lava brown rock landscape until the first caldera at Rifugio Sapienza. Our way down gives us stunning views over the strait of Messina and the Calabria on Italy mainland.

Overnight: Zafferana Etnea
Included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 10: Zafferana to Taormina

Gran Finale with view at the classy Taormina
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Our final ride starts crossing the luscious vineyards of Milo and Linguaglossa local grapes. The last breathtaking downhill is along the Alcantara Canyons, then we’ll touch the Med at the Greek origin village of Giardini Naxos, finally conquering the stunning Taormina.

Overnight: Taormina
Included: Breakfast

Bikes

You can bring your own bike or rent one from us, we offer great bikes from selected Italian and international brands: road bikes, leisure cycling, mountain bikes, e-bikes, all in perfect working conditions. We'll find the best solution for you during the tour customization.

This is a Sample tour

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The price of every tour is available upon requests, and varies by time of year, number of guests and level of guiding.
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