Wildlife Holidays in Sicily
Tell me about Sicily …
Separated from Italy by the Straits of Messina, from Sardinia to the north by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and from Africa to the south, the island of Sicily basks in a warm, mainly dry, climate.
The history of the island can be traced back as far as 13,000 BC. By the 3rd century BC Sicily had become a province of Rome, its fertile soil earning it the title of ‘Granary of the Empire’.
Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano. Its first recorded eruption was in 450 BC and there have been about 260 subsequent eruptions of varying intensity, which are still occurring to the present day.
Our Sicily specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Spring Birding in Sicily’ tour is a relaxing 7-day holiday where we focus on the spring migration. Of course Sicily’s beautiful scenery is a superb backdrop and we will also try a little ‘moth-ing’ from our delightful base."
What’s special about the wildlife?
There are a number of interesting botanical locations on the southern, western and eastern slopes of Mount Etna, while in the Madonie Mountains the landscape of Dolomitic limestone presents another rich habitat for flora.
Naturetrek Tour to Sicily
We offer an 8-day holiday to Sicily focusing on the wild flowers of Mount Etna and the Madonie Mountains.
What flora might I see?
- We’ll explore the various botanical stages of colonisation of the lava on the slopes of Mount Etna
- Species we’ll look for include Sicilian Milkvetch, the endemic Etna Violet, Nebrod Carline Thistle & Etna Greenweed
- In the Madonie Mountains, Man Orchid, Pink Butterfly Orchid & Bastard Palm will be among the species we’ll search for
- The Madonna degli Angeli Valley is home to the endemic & extremely rare Nebrod Pine
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Sicily HOLIDAYS
This was my first Naturetrek, or indeed organised birding trip, of more than one day. It was a wonderful experience with our leaders being attentive to everyone, trying to ensure that we had all seen anything that there was available to see. They added humour and were very informative, whilst happy to chat when we were relaxing.
The Mt Etna trip up to the crater was fabulous. Paul Harmes was a very pleasant person and easy to get on with. His knowledge of flowers was prodigious and he had the gift of being able to find flowers which I would not have noticed.
Paul Harmes is enormously knowledgeable, a great enthusiast and has a flair for communicating his enthusiasm. He also has the skills and energy to be resident expert, tour leader, catering manager and driver at the same time. We were most fortunate to have him!