Sicily Cycling | The Barocco & South-East of Sicilian Island | Self Guided

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Biking Holidays in Sicily: from the Barocco to the Mediterranean Sea, riding on the best bike routes of Southern Italy.

Which is the best way to discover Sicily by bike? We would like to offer you the best solutions for your self guided cycling holiday in Sicily with the best hotel selections and a exemplary support. This bike tour is Not To Be Missed and is also available in GUIDED option (click here for more info). This travel by bike tour will be one of your most unforgettable holidays!

Multiple-day bike tour in southernmost Europe.  At the crossroads of Africa, the Indo-Asia and Europe, Sicily is pure magic. Cycle the breathtaking landscapes and cities around, like Val di Noto (one of many Unesco World Heritage sites visited on this tour).

Our Itinerary focuses entirely across the countryside of the Hyblaean area, giving you an amazing chance to discover and visit many of the marvellous naturalistic sites which embellish this part of land. You set off from Cava d’Ispica, where a 13 km-long canyon still preserves its untainted ecosystem.  Then, cycle through an area famous for the presence of the oldest trees in Sicily which leads us to Frigintini, a village clustering with farms devoted to high-quality in production.   Pedal onwards for the crossing of another valley, chiselled by Fiumara creek, guiding the way into Scicli.
This itinerary will lead you to the discovery of Europe’s most southern shoreline, with its marvelous beaches of golden, satin sand dunes, deriving from the Sahara Desert and its lush Mediterranean vegetation.

You can make this a 4 to 16 days tour

Tour Details
Informations
Tour nameSicily Barocco South East
Type of tourSelf guided, you can start any day of the week
Duration6 nights, 7 days
Period From March to December
DifficultyLeisure
Total Distance215km / 133mi Additional mileage available
Daily mileage37to 64km / 27 to 40mi
StartNoto
EndDonnalucata
Suggested AirportsIn/Out: Catania or Comiso

 

Highlights:

  • Strolling through Ragusa Ibla historical center
  • Handmade Cannoli Siciliani sweet with ricotta cheese
  • The Barocco Cities
  • The Granita Siciliana
  • Refreshing swims in sparkling sea at Marzamemi
Inclusions
Not Included
Optional Services
  • Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
  • Six breakfasts
  • One gourmet dinner
  • Bike Delivery to Noto and professional bike fitting
  • Route notes and maps with elevation gain, city maps, Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
  • All Baggage transfers
  • Drop Off bikes and gear in Donnalucata
  • Keepsake “BTS” water bottle
  • All tax and Service Charges
  • City Tax; each village charge a tax per each day between euro 0,70 to 2,50
  • Bike Rental
  • Pre/Post Additional Nights
  • Transfers to/from other destinations on the Island
  • Cooking lessons
  • Cheese tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Italian language lessons
  • Dinners and activities booking
  • Room upgrade
Itinerary

Day 1Benvenuti to Sicily. Welcome Meeting in Noto.

Arrive at Catania Airport and transfer to Noto on your own. Meet & Greet with BTS local representative.
Noto is the capital of Sicilian Baroque and a living art gallery. Noto, along with every other city in the area, was completely razed by a devastating earthquake in 1693. Its noble aristocracy decided to rebuild the city stone‐for‐stone, 3 km from its original site. If you have enough time on your holidays, we strongly suggest to visit Siracusa, not far from Noto. We can include your extra nights and transfer arrangements under request.
Welcome meeting with local BTS representative at your first hotel, set in the old town.
Lodging: “Gagliardi” Hotel or Porta Reale in Noto
Upgrade available to: “7 Rooms Villadorata” in Noto
Meals included: Welcome Aperitif

Day 2 Noto Loop & the Barocco Siciliano. 42 or 73km / 26 or 45mi. Rolling hills

Loop Bike ride from Noto to the coastline and cycling through the inland.
Today you have two options to ride around Noto.
You will ride into the verdant Val di Noto with its flourishing almond and olive groves and discover its caves carved into rock. Climb past Castelluccio and up to the coastal plateau to take in hypnotic views of the Mediterranean, then descend into Noto: the Baroque city. In town, you can taste the local granita.
A more challenging ride: Hop on your bike and pedal up a difficult climb to Avola Antica and “Cavagrande del Cassibile nature reserve”. Here the landscape begins to change from the norm and the view is now dominated by “Sicily’s Grand Canyon,” the deepest canyon in Europe, whose steep walls descend 800 feet to a picturesque river below.
Lodging: “Gagliardi” Hotel or Porta Reale in Noto
Upgrade available: “7 Rooms Villadorata” in Noto
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3Noto to Portopalo di Capo Passero. 35 or 72 km / 21 or 45 mi. Rolling hills or hilly

Today, your destination is the Southernmost point of Sicily and Italy, more precisely, Portopalo di Capo Passero, an old fishermen village. A distance of 11 km from Noto on the route, there is the Roman Villa Tellaro, a 4th century, partially‐excavated palace, boasting magnificent mosaic floors which tell stories of Roman life. Scenes of hunting, erotic dances, Illiad tales, an unusual geometric designs. A visit to Villa Tellaro cannot be missed. You set off again towards the marvellous Vendicari Nature Reserve. A visit here may only be done on foot if one wishes to enter.
Then, ride further on through Contrada Buonivini, the cradle of Nero d’Avola. Just few more kilometers and you reach Portopalo with its nice beaches and an important fishing port. Here you can taste the best local and fresh fish! We suggest to visit the village. Walk along the pedestrian central area containing popular restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The views from here welcome you to its beach and clear waters. Additional views of an ancient tuna factory and the small island of Capo Passero with its fishermen houses are also spectacular.
Lodging: Portopalo Suite in Portopalo
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Portopalo to Modica. 56 or 76 km / 34 or 47 mi. Rolling hills to Hilly

Your ride today follows the cycle paths of wine country in Val di Noto, transitioning you through Notos countryside and cross Tellaro valley along the river. Once on top of the valley, the stunning view of the Hyblean Plateau will delight you. In this stage you will get acquainted with the varied food production of traditional peasant gourmet. Homemade breads to sauces, bio honey, cheese, olive oils and wines. From here is a lovely view of the extreme eastern spur of the Hyblean Mountains which form the border between Siracusa and Noto provinces. Here, the peaceful and quiet mule-track is shaded by the wide crowns of carob trees, allowing for cover while roaming for many cycling kilometers.
Lodging: San Giorgio Hotel in Modica
Upgrade: at Casa Talìa in Modica
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5Modica Loop to Ragusa. 45 or 64 km / 27 or 40mi. Downhill & flat.

This moderate challenging, rise and fall stage unrolls like a film of snapshots from the past: olive and carob trees, farmhouses and villas of the rural past aristocracy. The profile of the hilly area gradually changes its shape as we get further in a harmonious plateau area. You can enjoy the spectacular views of Tellaro valley from here.
The section of the route with its continuous series of ups and downs is quite demanding, but your effort will be rewarded by views of unequalled beauty at each turn or hilltop.
You arrive in the magnificent Baroque city of Ragusa, where you can visit the awesome Iblean Garden by foot and the Old Town, called IBLA; here you will find a lot of churches, gelaterias and street food shops. Then we will loop back to Modica for the rest of the ride. For dinner, choose from many wonderful local restaurants such as hole‐in‐the‐wall trattorias to Slow Food and Michelin‐starred restaurants. (we’ll give you some favorite suggestions)
Lodging: San Giorgio Hotel in Modica
Upgrade: at Casa Talìa Hotel in Modica
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6Modica to Donnalucata. 37 or 65 km / 22 or 40 mi. Flat terrain or rolling hills

Today you leave Modica going on through the Fiumara Valley, surrounded by a lush vegetation: this wild wooded part of the route will lead you straight to Scicli’s historic center. Starting out, you go along the ancient street leading from Scicli to Donnalucata, stretching above a typical Iblean cave. After about 4 km you will reach a panoramic street hanging between countryside and sea; here you meet the Sgarlata farmhouse, renowned for its ricotta cheese and delicious flavored caciotte (you can experience a cheese-making laboratory and a tasting under request). Here you can also find the Milizie cloister, legendary battle ground between the Normans and Saracens. Further on, the cycling path goes on plunging in between olive, carob and almond orchards. Finally you arrive to the sea and in Donnalucata, you will be ready for a rewarding Italian Gelato. Also in front of the sea, a fantastic dinner awaits for you, in a romantic place.
Lodging: Aquamarina Hotel in Donnalucata
Upgrade: Zafran Hotel in Donnalucata
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7Arrivederci! Good bye!

After breakfast, end of tour. Transfer to the train station or to Catania or Comiso Airports is available.
Meals included: Breakfast

EXTRA DAYSUnder Request

We can provide extra days with arrival to Mount Etna and Taormina but it takes about 9-10 nights total. Or just one or two additional cycling days with arrival to Caltagirone to admire the artistic production of ceramics and terra-cotta sculptures. Or return to Piazza Armerina where you can visit the Famous “Villa Romana del Casale”. Just contact us to inquire on options.

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Rates
Self Guided
Tour Price: 1470€

Price based on double accommodation, it can change according to the period.

Make it custom: contact us for a quote!

Single occupancy: 400€
Solo traveler: 600€

Private & Custom departures at any time

Bike Rental: (price/week)
Touring/Hybrid Bike€ 140
Race Bike € 180
E-bike€ 210
Tandem€ 280
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Lodging
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Day 1 & 2 – Gagliardi Hotel , Noto

Gagliardi is a Boutique Hotel from where the heart of Noto can be lived from a unique and privileged perspective. The Terrace embraces the historic centre of this baroque city with one gaze, transmitting a feeling of timeless beauty.

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Day 3 – Portopalo Suite, Portopalo di Capopassero

Inspired by the city and sea , this charming boutique hotel was born with the pleasure idea of relaxing after a full day plenty of history and beach, we are blessed for our localization, which it is easy access to the main historical cities, like Modica, Noto, Siracusa, Ragusa. 

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Day 4 & 5 – San Giorgio Hotel, Modica

San Giorgio Hotel is located in the historical center of Modica, a few steps from the Cathedral of St. George and from Corso Umberto I, the main street of the city from where to observe the other historic sights of Modica and enjoy a stroll among shops and restaurants. 

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Day 6 – Aquamarina Hotel, Donnalucata

Acquamarina is a charming hotel located in a small seaside village called Donnalucata. The hotel is situated right on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and furnishings and colours evoke the sea world and the fascinating beauty of Sicily.

Reviews

Scintillating Sicily!
We have just returned from a wonderful week’s cycling holiday with “Bike Tours Sardinia”. The accommodations lived up to their 4 star rating. Mauro and Raffaele’s e-bikes performed without missing a beat and the ride with gps app was fantastic as were the trip notes. The Sicilians proved without exception to be helpful and charming and in the majority of cases going over and beyond to ensure our trip was memorable. Our outstanding hostess of the week was undeniably Sonya of the Portopalo Suites Hotel with her warm and enthusiastic welcome and her marvellous send-off!
Thank you “Bike Tours Sardinia” – we hope to be back!

John N. England
May, 2019

Superb Sicilian tour
Having had a brilliant week with Mauro in Sardinia last year, eight of us opted for his Sicilian trip, a week on ebikes in the South East of the island. It was regarded by all as the best cycling holiday we have ever had. Mauro takes great trouble, as does his Sicilian colleague, Raffaele. Everything was thus really good: itinerary, support, quality of bikes and accommodation, ideas about food and visits, responsiveness to any questions. We look forward very much to our next trip with Mauro and Bike Tour Sardinia.

Andrew P, Bath, England
October, 2020

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