The River Simeto and the medieval castle on e-bikes

Level of difficulty:
Duration:
4-5 hours
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On this bike tour we explore the banks of Sicily’s main river, the Simeto. It’s an ideal excursion for families and also for less experienced cyclists who will love this ride through the nature reserve by the river.

Guided
Bike tour with our qualified ITA/ENG guides, to get the best of your mountain bike experience. Costs are per person based on a minimum of 4 people per group, in two double rooms when included.
Description

On this bike tour we explore the banks of Sicily’s main river, the Simeto. It’s an ideal excursion for families and also for less experienced cyclists who will love this ride through the nature reserve by the river.

Escursione ideale per famiglie
Ideal excursion for families

We start by going upriver, riding the mostly flat trail on the left bank. During our ride we’ll see different animals and many birds that nest in the bends and in the trees along by the riverside. When we reach the Ponte Barca nature reserve, we’ll also have the opportunity to admire numerous aquatic and migratory birds.

Castello Medioevale di Poira
Medieval Castle of Poira

From Ponte Barca we begin a climb which will take us uphill to 320m above sea level where the ruins of Poira Castle are located. This medieval castle is now abandoned and offers a magnificent view over the Simeto river valley. On the way up to the castle we’ll be passing by large citrus groves as this is one of the areas well-known for the Sicilian Tarocco blood oranges. During the winter season we can stop to pick and taste one of these tasty delicacies. There will also be plenty of olive groves and wheat fields all around, reminding us that we are in the Piana di Catania, one of the most fertile areas of the island.

Blood oranges
Blood oranges

After a brief visit to the ruins of the castle, we return downhill in a loop route back towards the Ponte Barca reserve before cycling back along the right bank of the river Simeto to return to our starting point.

Also available with e-bikes. Transfer from and to Catania city centre and surrounding areas is included in the price.

Extra Info

Time: 4-5 hours

Distance: 48 km with 400 metres of ascent

Meeting place: Stazione Motta Sant’Anastasia – Province of Catania.

Season: From September to June

Price includes the following:

  • Qualified MTB guide (Italian and English) *
  • E-MTB rental (professional bikes with disk brakes, tubeless wheelset, air suspension fork, Yamaha motor, Shimano groupset etc.)
  • Bike accessories (helmet, repair kit etc.)
  • Transfers from and to Catania and surrounding areas to excursion starting point

What to wear and bring with you:

A small backpack/rucksack for your personal items (you can leave this in the van if you don’t want to take it with you during the excursion).

Comfortable clothes suitable for biking (bike gloves, padded shorts, etc), a rain/wind jacket

A change of clothes in case it rains

Closed shoes e.g. trainers or biking shoes (no flip-flops or sandals)

Sunglasses & sun cream

A camera or smartphone if you want to take photos

A spirit of fun and adventure

 

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