The Alcantara Gorges are located between the towns of
Castiglione di Sicilia and Motta Camastra.
The Alcantara river originates in the Nebrodi Mountains.
Along its course it has created the characteristic “ravines” of
lava, by eroding the black Etna lava for thousands of years.
Many of these “gorges” have vertical walls which overhang
for tens of meters.
These lava walls are known as “columnar basalts”, and are
the result of contractions of the very slow cooling of thick
Its waters are quite cold, but it is possible to bathe from
mid-June to the end of September.
Note: You can take the excursion to the Alcantara Gorges,
combining it with the one on Mount Etna in a single day.
In this way you can admire a wonderful sunset from the top
of the 2002 craters.