It’s so true: the purpouse of a journey is not the destination but the trip to reach it.
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 will 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 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 included in the 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 18. Lunch stop at Castellammare del Golfo: do you like fresh fish? You will pleased then from the small restaurant on the seasidee, where the cous cous with fish area starts and do not forget the Cassatella as sweet. Next destinations are: Guidaloca Bay and Scopello, the pane cunzatu old village, the Zingaro Reserve, to dive in a doc Mediterranean. Taking the 187 again till Erice, a medieval village on the mountains just above Trapani. A beautiful panoramic road will take us here, in one of the most ancient village of Sicily. Let’s Visit the castle, buy some handmade and colourful ( maybe a smaller one since we are on a motorbike)…. And some almonds pastries. . There are beautiful hairpin bends and a beautiful view on the Egadi islands.
Once you have seen Trapani from up above you can now visit its historical town . Then bike along the Salt Road that goes from Trapani to Marsala. If you get to the boat station leaving to Mozia at sunset, you will leave a piece of your heart too.
Let’s visit Marsala and Mazara del Vallo, – the Dancing Satyr is a must such as the Cave of Cusa, and Selinunte and Segesta.
Through 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.
Agrigento with its Valle dei Templi show us an enviable Greek art collection; then we an deal with a longer stop which will take us directly to Ragusa Ibla, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli, Ispica, real stones gardens full of history. After a baroque full immersion, move towards the natural seaside oasis by the sea: Calamosche and the Vendicari Reserve.
Now let’s head to Siracusa. Let’s visit the beautiful Ortigia, and then go to the lively Catania. Then see th sea stacks in Acireale, those in Acitrezza, Acireale and its Timpa, Taormina, Castelmola and Etna with overlooks 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. Your smell enjoys too: 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, where you can see pastures, shepherds house and rushing streams, landscapes away from the most traditional routes.
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