Yes, it’s true… The beauty is not the destination but the trip itself!
A tour of Sicily in motorcycle is a wonderful adventure. Traveling on the Sicilian roads, coast to coast, town to town can be an everyday discovery. Beautiful mountains that turn into gentle hills to plains are rich of history and culture. The mild climate throughout the year is certainly one more reason to do so by motorbike.
There are several possible itineraries for all tastes. The classic bike-tour is the coast line in one week. After landing in Sicily, you should start from Messina and take the SS113 road that will border the Tyrrhenian sea all the way to Palermo for 250 km.
The first stop will be in Tindari, where you should see the Sanctuary from the street and, looking down, you will see the stunning Oliveri beach full of ponds and sandy strips. If you keep biking and, you will get to Gioiosa Marea… its name makes you think already and then to the beautiful shingle beach in Capo Calavà; after that, we pass Brolo… known for its Nebrodi sausages, then Capo d’Orlando and Santo Stefano di Camastra, famous for its pottery. Along the left hand side, you will have the view of the Aeolian Islands profile that will follow you until you get to Cefalù. While biking through this road, we should have fallen in love with Sicily already! Cefalù deserves a stop in town and a visit to the Arab-Norman DUOMO that is declared UNESCO heritage. This route takes us up to Palermo.
The best way to move in Palermo’s roads is by motorcycle, local people know this very well.
Let’s look for bike-parking spaces, they are free and we won’t risk to get a ticket. Among its artistic and architectural beauty, we cannot miss the Palatine Chapel, an Arab-Norman the work included in the UNESCO heritage, and the old markets (Capo, Ballarò and Vucciria). Then, you should go up along corso Calatafimi to the Duomo di Monreale (already in the Arab-Norman rout) and to the San Martino delle Scale Abbey.
Now, jump on the bike and keep going toward Trapani following the E90 and then SS 186. If you like fresh fish, stop in Castellammare del Golfo at lunch time, where you can choose a fish restaurant by the sea among many; there, you can also try the Trapani couscous with fish and a dessert called cassatella. Next destinations are: Guidaloca Bay and Scopello, an old village where we can try the pani cunzatu or bread cunzato; then there is the Zingaro Reserve, where you dive in the bush and in the Mediterranean Sea DOC. Take the 187 and go up to Erice, a medieval village on the mountains just above Trapani, one of the oldest villages in Sicily. The route that takes you there is scenically beautiful. Visit the castle, you can look at the colorful handmade carpets (maybe buy a little one since you are on the bike…) and the eat the almond cookies. There are beautiful curves for bikers and a beautiful view on the Egadi islands.
Now you can visit Trapani’s old town. Then bike along the Salt Road that goes from Trapani to Marsala. Try to pass by the imbarcadero di Mozia to see the sunset, it is worth it!
Driving on the SS115, you will arrive to Sciacca, a beautiful seaside town.
Between Sciacca and Agrigento, you will find Eraclea Minoa and the Natural Reserve of Torre Salsa, ideal for the ones who do not like crowded beaches.
You have to stop in Agrigento, an enviable concentration of Greek art where a visit to the Valle dei Tempi is a must. Then take the longest ride that takes you up to Ragusa Ibla, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli, Ispica, and stone gardens rich of history. After a baroque full immersion, move towards the natural oasis by the sea: Calamosche and the Vendicari Reserve.
Now head to Siracusa. You should visit the beautiful Ortigia, and then go to the lovely Catania. Then see the stacks in Acireale, the “timpa” of Taormina, Castelmola and Mount Etna that dominate the landscape.
The most active volcano in Europe is Mount Etna, which is a wonderful destination. Its height (3,350 meters) allows winding funny roads to ride on. The Valle del Bove towards Zafferana Etnea, Linguaglossa, Randazzo, Bronte are just some of those suggestive places where you can see natural colors contrasting with the volcano’s fire, the harshness of the mountains and the hidden lakes water. Smell are in the air: unmistakable wild fennel, olive, and pistachio perfume…
The routes through other Natural Parks, like Nebrodi, Madonie, Monti Sicani, and the Gole dell’Alcantara are ideal for biking; you can see pastures, shepherds house and rushing streams, landscapes away from the more populated routes.
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