Madonie Park encompasses nearly 90,000 acres of natural landscape in the northern part of central Sicily.
The peaks of the highest mountain of Sicily allow you to admire one of the most beautiful island embracing a large portion of Sicily and reflect upon the sea which stands clear in front of Cefalu.
Inside the Park of the Madonie
The whole area of the reserve is full of landscapes, with flora and fauna quite different given its large extension that runs from Sicilian hinterland to the sea: the highlands and valleys are sometimes interrupted by sudden slopes, while the landscape shows itself in all its colorful forms with its oaks, birch, and beech trees covering different piece of land.
Its forests are rich in the various fauna of the Mediterranean, such as the hare, porcupine, wild boar and deer. To this is added a particularly varied bird life, enriched by the presents of eagles and hawks.
Thanks to the 15 municipalities that fall within the scope of the Madonie, access will not be difficult at all: Castelbuono from the north and Petralia from the south are the gate ways to the natural area.
There are eight picnic areas scattered a bit all over the territory, refreshment points essential after a nice walk to explore the Park.There are over 20 distinguished different trails of varyng difficulty, to walk or gallop, and for the lazy there is no shortage of routes to visit directly from the car, starting from Castelbuono going to Petralia, on the other side of the park, passing by Geraci Siculo.
But the most beautiful experience is to live in contact with nature,which offers an amazing scenery,such as the monumental trees that you can see at the Battle Ground area.
But also, do not forget to spend a few care free hours thanks to the recreation areas within the park that will surely be pleasing to children.
For fan show ever,sixteen museums will be enough to get to know the history,the traditions and the ancient beautyof the Madonie.
A weekend in the Park seems the best option to enjoy this green lung of Sicily.