Le Gole dell'Alcantara

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jeanphiii
nancy16 contributions
Beautiful but experience wasted by commercial exploitation.
Aug 2021 • Family
Typical tourist trap, based on a beautiful site.
Read the other comment, you can access the river just further in the village for 1.5 euros.
We did the offical "trekking", 30 euros per personn, only in italian even if we said at payement that we speak "only" english german and french... The "guide" do his show in Italian, in an overcrowded site, even italian people of the group were angry of the price regarding what is done by the "guide" (low knowledge, doesn't wait the group to start, but very dedicated to take pictures that he sell 10 euros at the end....).
Also a shame about the sanitary rules, equipments and helmets goes from groups to groups without any action, a shame...
Written August 16, 2021
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George B
45 contributions
Enjoyable Day at Le Gole
Jun 2021
Everytime I visit Sicily and am in the north-east side of the Island I make sure to visit Le Gole dell'Alcantara. This year I visited twice the Gole and every time I find something different to do. Last time I visited was end of June which was really hot and did not feel like walking around the foot paths but enjoying the water activities provided it was refreshing. There is also good parking area and a nice restaurant which is reasonably priced too.
Written August 3, 2021
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Mindfully Nuts
London, UK500 contributions
Cool(ing) experience! Recommended
Sep 2020 • Couples
Take the steps if you are able to easily walk down a few flights if stairs. It took us about 5 minutes to get down and we paid 1.5 euro each to use the staircase. There is a lift you can use for 8 euro (not worth it unless you really need it for disability/pram).

The river is cold and feet go a little numb but it’s easy to walk it and water was mostly below knee level when we visited.

You can then rest on the ‘beach’ and either sunbathe or chill on in the shade.

Lovely experience immersed in nature! Easily accessible for most.
Written September 5, 2020
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Florian T
3 contributions
fun experience in small group
Aug 2020
Such a great service and tour! Luckily they even allowed us to join last minute as there group was small (we saw others with 15+ people which we would not suggest) and the guides were fun and explained a lot about the nature and stones as well. Thumb up, we absolutely recommend it. Thanks
Written August 18, 2020
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GC_TPH
Dublin, Ireland252 contributions
Really surprising cold river
Jul 2020 • Friends
Brought there by friends, it was another unusual experience near Catania, with those geological canyons built by the water . You can walk in out the bed of the river and there is a nice fall to see.
Written July 26, 2020
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Stokes5
Adelaide, Australia117 contributions
Nice gorge
Oct 2019
The gorge was lovely to walk in, just be prepared for very cold water. The park itself is very dilapidated which is a pity.
Written November 27, 2019
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sfogirl
santa clara, ca96 contributions
Save $ and go down Community steps for 6 euros
Oct 2019
We visited in early Oct. '19. There were relatively few people. Off Season. Don't think we'd enjoy it on season when it's hot and the waters would be packed. There is a parking lot "on-site", which leads you through a gate to restrooms (!!), gift shop, food. On season there are options for ATV rides, elevator down to water, etc. If you want to save euros/$$, don't park in this lot. Park across the street, and walk UP the street (100 ft.), cross to the other community/public entrance. You have options there to hike along the rim, etc. for a fee, or just 6 euros to walk down to the water. It's 200 steps, but no problem as there are rest stops. Wear sandals (eg, tevas/keens). It is rocky. The basalite formations are amazing, and the water soothing. Perhaps visit a winery after?!
Written October 20, 2019
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Dan M
Tel Aviv, Israel14,443 contributions
Gole dell'Alcantara - Pros (many) and Cons (few)
Aug 2019
Near Catania you have of course the Mount Etna, the beautiful Taormina, both being MUST see's...and then Le Gole dell'Alcantara.
In my country we have the same geological phenomenon of crystallized hexagonal or octagonal stones in a river Canyon (Brihat Hameshoshim) but here in Alcantara it s a way larger experience:

Pros
It is cheap getting in: 1.5euro (and not 1), tickets bought across the road (if you don't go into the park and take the lift)
The geological formations are rare and beautiful
The walk in the water can be long (more than a few minutes) and therefore
impressive
Parking was definitely free: we used the amusement park parking and were not asked to pay, on the contrary the attendants there told us where to go in order not to pay the 8euros entrance fee to the park and take the stairs for 1.5 only (100m farther)

Cons
The water you walk in is really really cold (for me), not really a con since it is rather personal and as you can see on my many pictures, the place was actually overcrowded
which is the next con, forget of nature isolation...again look at the pics

To be fair it was during the weekend so all of Sicily was there, but the people there were absolutely nice people, no pressure, no pushing, just smiles and joie de vivre.

Getting down by the stairs (around 100) instead of the lift (look again at the pics, there is a map and a pic showing the lift) is rather easy, and if not for you, go slowly and just take your time.

By the way paying for the lift only is cheaper than the full entrance fee (around half)

Bottom line, one of the few attractions in the region so if you have time to spend and if it is not the weekend, a nice, interesting and cheap place to be, and most of all if you enjoy cold water in the scalding heat of Sicily's August then this the 5* place to be :)
Written October 1, 2019
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amberblz
Eindhoven, The Netherlands32 contributions
Amazing
Sep 2019 • Couples
This is definitely worth a visit when in Sicily. Beautiful! Small tip: pack water shoes if you want to walk through the Gole.
And be ware, the water is ice cold but worth it!
Also is very cheap to visit this beautiful place.
Written September 15, 2019
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Harold v
Brussels, Belgium89 contributions
Stunning
Aug 2019 • Couples
Apart from the hordes of locals coming to Bath in the Alcantara, the rocks are simply beautiful. Take the time to have a walk in the river to discover those ancient rock formations.
Do not forget watershoes or flip-flops.
Written August 20, 2019
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