Lago Biviere e Monti Nebrodi – ph. Gandolfo Cannatella
Surrounded by the beech forest of Monte Soro, the highest peak of the Nebrodi reveals the outline of Etna on one side and beautiful landscapes on the other side. We could meet herds of Sanfratello horses, typical horses from the Madonie, drinking the waters of the Biviere lake.
We could find the golden eagle and the great griffin on the steep slopes of the Rocche del Crasto at about 1,315 meters of height; Rocche del Castro is a rocky massif of limestone from the Mesozoic era, visible through open paths that wind through the municipalities of Alcara Li Fusi, Longi and San Marco d’Alunzio.
There are wide expanses with little trees, pastures, steep cliffs full of concavities, rocks that are perfect for climbing and not only: in San Marco d’ Alunzio there is evidence dating back to its founding by the Greeks, like the Temple of Hercules from the fourth century BC, the ruins of the Norman castle, churches with a baroque facade, medieval streets, and the Museo di Arte Bizantino-Normanna.
One of the great natural wonders of the Rocche is the cave Grotta del Lauro, situated at 1,068 meters of height in the territory of Alcara Li Fusi: there are countless stalactites, stalagmites, columns of various shapes in the first gigantic cave and then tunnels that lead to small and large cavities.
Another gem is the Cave of San Teodoro, at about 2 km from Acquedolci, that preserves a very rich group of records in terms of animals now extinct, and remains of the prehistoric man.
The beauty of the park is also in its sights: the scenic hills of Monte Soro, the coast of Sant’Agata Militello and Caronia Marina.
The Mangalaviti forest is extraordinarily beautiful and very suggestive and it is located near Alcara Li Fusi.
Let’s not miss the Catafurco Fall in the municipality of Galati Mamertino: it is one of the most suggestive in the area that originates at an altitude of about 30 meters along the river S. Basilio. The water’s erosion in the limestone rocks is fantastic. At the base of the waterfall, there is a natural cavity dug in the rock forming a small and charming pond of water called Marmitta dei Giganti where, if the temperature allows it, you could take a bath.
As we walk for kilometers surrounded by nature, we search for man’s products in the small towns in the park: embroidered tablecloths and sheets made by hand, baskets, colored mats and carpets, and ceramics in Santo Stefano di Camastra.