Hiking Week: Aspromonte National Park in Spring

 
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20th - 27th  April 2014          11th  - 18th  May 2014

"From a sea of flowers to the snowy mountains"

In Spring the Aspromonte National Park is a sea of opposites: a first courageous swim in the sea and the next day trudge through the forest on snowshoes, colorful flower meadows at the coast and first green beech shoots in height. Walk in the footsteps of the Greeks trough nearly dried up river beds, roam  bergamot plantations and follow the paths of the goats!



 

Detailed Programme

Sunday: Arrival

Arrival at the airport of Lamezia Terme. We will drive along the Tyrrhenian coast towards the southern part of Calabria. We will be accommodated at a charming agritourism farm in the middle of a bergamot plantation.

Monday: Following the footsteps of the Greeks

We will start our day hiking up to Bova, the main town in the Area Grecanica (Calabria’s Greek area). Here the majority of older people still speak Greek. After that, we will return to our accommodation passing by the ruins of the Amendolea Castle; on the way we will enjoy the breathtaking landscape of the area. Late in the afternoon we will take a walk in the bergamot plantation. (Duration: about 5 hours; altitude: 650m).

Dienstag: Der Amendolea-Fluss

Direkt ab Unterkunft steigen wir in das Flussbett hinab und durchwaten den Amendolea-Fluss. Danach wandern wir über herrliche Blumenwiesen hoch in das abgelegene Dörfchen Gallicianò, das heute nur noch rund 50 Einwohner zählt. Danach geht es auf den Pfaden der Ziegen bei wunderschöner Sicht auf das Flussbett des Amendolea und auf das Meer wieder zurück zu unserer Unterkunft (Wanderdauer: ca. 5,5 Std., Höhenmeter: 470 m)

Tuesday: River Amendolea

This morning we will descend to the Amendolea riverbed and wade through it. Then we will walk across a meadow full of lovely flowers to reach a secluded little village called Gallicianò: around 50 inhabitants live there at the moment. Our way back  takes  on the paths of the goats with an amazing view onto the river bed and the sea back home. (Duration: about 5,5 hours, altitude: 470 m)

Mittwoch: Das Tal der grossen Steine

Es ist Zeit, uns von unseren Freunden in der „Area grecanica“ zu verabschieden. Unsere Fahrt führt uns weiter um die Südspitze Kalabriens herum bis ans Capo Bruzzano, einem wichtigen Brutplatz der Meeresschildkröte „Caretta caretta“. Hier wollen wir einen kleinen Halt einschalten und einen Strandspaziergang machen. Nun geht die Fahrt aufwärts in die Berge. Unsere heutige Wanderung führt uns durch den Wald und rund um Pietra Cappa, den spektakulärsten Monolithen im „Tal der grossen Steine“. Während der Wanderung stossen wir auf besondere Felsformationen, die einst von Basilianermönchen ausgehöhlt und als Zufluchtsort verwendet worden sind, bekannt unter dem Namen „Rocche di San Pietro“ (Die Felsen des heiligen Petrus). Von dort bietet sich uns nochmals ein herrlicher Blick auf das ionische Meer. Wieder an unserem Ausgangspunkt angekommen, fahren wir weiter aufwärts bis zu den „Piani di Carmelia“ wo wir unser zweites Quartier in der Biancospino-Hütte beziehen. (Dauer: ca. 4 Std., Höhenmeter: 400 m)

Wednesday: Valley of the big stones

It is time to leave the Greek area. Our trip now takes us around the southern tip of Calabria up to Capo Bruzzano, an important breeding site of the caretta caretta sea turtles.  Here we will have a short, relaxing stop for a walk on the beach. After that, we will be ready to continue our walk up the mountain through the wood and around Pietra Cappa: the most spectacular monolith in ‘The Valley of the Big Stones’. During the trip we will come across some unique rock formations known as Rocce di San Pietro (St. Peter’s Rocks) which were formerly a place where the Basilian monks took refuge. From there we can have another gorgeous view over the Ionian Sea. After our trip will continue towards Piani di Carmelia where we will move into our second accommodation, the Biancospino Lodge. (Duration: about 4 hours; altitude: 400 m).

Friday: Waterfalls, mountain tops and a picturesque town

Today it is time for a bit of recovery and culture. After a short drive we will start our hike to the Galasia Waterfalls which fall down into the valley amidst lush vegetation. After another short drive and a one hour walk we will reach another viewpoint and have a breathtaking sight of the sea. We will come back following the same route and drive to the medieval town of Gerace with its famous cathedral. (Duration: about 4 hours; altitude: 300 m).

Saturday: Polsi

On our last day we will enjoy a beautiful challenging walk: after a short drive, we will follow an easy path to Mount Fistocchio and enjoy the magnificent view over both sides of Calabria. After that, our descent route takes us down to Polsi, the most important pilgrimage place in the Aspromonte. On the 2nd September, believers from the closer and further environment walk for many hours to be present at the Marian feast. Deep religiosity, pagan customs and the rhythm of the tarantella mix here together, surrounded by a stunning landscape and a entrancing atmosphere. On the way there is also time  to hear stories and old legends about Polsi. (Duration: about 5.5 hours; altitude: 650 m)

Sunday: Transfer to the Lamezia Terme Airport and flight home
 

Services:
 
  • 3 nights in a agritourism farm (double room) including half board and picnic for lunch
  • 4 nights in the Biancospino-Lodge (double - quad rooms) including half board and picnic for lunch
  • Transfer from/to Lamezia Terme Airport and during the hikes
  • Official English speaking hiking guide
  • Excursions as described in the programme
  • Small group of 2 - 8 persons
 

Price:

 
  • € 850,00 per person

Please contact us for further information, quotations and bookings at 0039 348 44 50 890 or at info@sabinement.com.

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Sabine Ment

Guida turistico-ambientale

Via Vittorio Emanuele 163, I-89862 Brattirò, P.IVA 02251400798

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