Walking routes along nice coastal villages on the Amalfi coast

Hiking in central and southern Italy

MEDITERRANEAN WALKING PARADISE IN THE ITALIAN ISLANDS AND COASTS

What could be better than the sea as a hiking companion? Nothing, right? Hike along the Cinque Terre or explore Sicily’s east coast, with the glittering sea always in view. Breathe in the fresh, salty air and admire the rustic villages right on the shores. Mediterranean flair and mighty volcanoes are waiting for you. There is so much to discover. Let’s go!

Picturesque costal views in Sardinia

A hiking tour between the mountains and the sea

The names of the regions between the Po plain and Apulia sound like an Italian fairy tale: Amalfi, Cinque Terre, Piedmont, Sardinia and Sicily are the main characters on the varied walking routes from Eurohike. Between the north of Italy and the Ionian Sea there are several Eurohike tours in central and southern Italy. They combine everything that belongs to a wonderful hiking holiday: the finest hiking enjoyment, fantastic panoramas, culture and Mediterranean cuisine.

The most popular coastal and island walking tours in Italy

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Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre enchants in every way. Colourful houses line the cliffs on the coast, with untouched nature behind. The hike takes you on donkey tracks through olive groves and vineyards from Camogli to Portovenere.

Amalfi Coast

Campania – the happy landscape. The Amalfi Coast was loved by the Romans for its breathtaking landscapes. Discover highlights such as the Monte Tre Calli on your journey and experience one of the most beautiful coasts in the world.

Sardinia

Along Sardinia’s east coast in the Orosei National Park, this hiking tour takes you to glistening blue bays and rugged shores. From Santa Maria Navarrese you will reach Monte Irveri, where you will enjoy an incredible view of Sardinia and the Gulf of Orosei, surrounded by the scent of the Maccia flower.

Sicily

Here, Italy shows of a completely different side. You can visit the Aeolian Islands, each of which holds fascinating secrets. Unique views of the diverse landscape of Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and the famous Amphitheatre in Taormina, high above the Ionian Sea, will enchant you.

Useful information about your hiking tour in Sicily

Long distance view to the mystical island of Vulcano in the mist

Facts and figures about Sicily

  • Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean
  • The coastline is 1152 kilometres
  • The capital of Sicily is Palermo
  • Sicily has its own language – Sicilian. It’s a mixture of Italian, Arabic and Greek.
  • Approximately 5 million people live on the island.
Hiking break with seaview from the edge of the volcanic crater of Vulcano

The climate in Sicily

Sicily has a Mediterranean climate. This means very warm, rather dry summers and mild, wet winters. The interior of the island is usually a bit cooler than in the coastal regions. In the south, the wind that blows from the Sahara can reach over 40 degrees Celsius. There is hardly any rainfall between May and September – so perfect hiking weather is guaranteed!

Breath taking hiking routes on the island of Vulcano

Landscape and the flora and fauna of Sicily

It’s hardly flat on Sicily – the island consists of more than 80% mountain and hill country. Originally, the island was covered in many forests, but many have been cleared over time. But don’t worry! Despite the reduction in forest areas, the island hosts an incredible wealth of diverse and beautiful plant species, many unique and only found there. There area also a variety of colourful corals, exotic fish and crustaceans in the sea. There are three species of tortoise here, keep your eyes peeled, you might catch a glimpse!

Unspoilt hiking paths along the black lava fields of mount Etna

Etna

Mount Etna is the largest and most active volcano in Europe. This is not to be overlooked, because again and again clouds of smoke rise from the crater. Nevertheless, the highest mountain in Sicily is a mighty sight. In darker light conditions the lava shines deep red and orange inside the volcano. The giant is very special. In Greek and Roman mythology, the volcano plays an important role. It is there as a workshop for Hephaestus (Roman Vulcanus), god of fire and blacksmithing.

 

Traditional ferry boats on the Aeolian islands

Cuisine

Sicily’s cuisine is different – unlike well-known Italian food, the native people influenced the culinary art here. In the interior of the island there are different meals to the coastal regions. But they all have one thing in common – a love for food! Whether fresh seafood, pasta with intense spices or Mediterranean vegetables – Sicily has it all! The Sicilians aren’t only fans of hot food, however. They see themselves as the inventor of ice cream, what could be better on a hot summers day than a fresh fruity ice cream?

Useful information about your hiking holiday in Sardinia

Hiking along beautiful costs

Facts and figures about Sardinia

  • Approximately 1,650,000 inhabitants live on the island
  • The capital of Sardinia is Cagliari
  • The coasts are 1848.6 kilometres long
  • Sardinia is considered a nature reserve. Thousands of rare animal and plant species live here and are protected.
  • The production of wine and pecorino cheese is of great importance here.
Coast experience in Sardinia

The climate in Sardinia

Sardinia’s climate is dominated by the winds that travel across the island and is therefore largely Mediterranean. This means mild winters and very warm to hot summers with little rainfall. It is especially warm on the southwest coast if the island. Inland, there is a mountain range on which snow falls in winter. The climate of the island is therefore somewhat location-dependent.

Lovely scented blossom in Macchia

Landscape and flora and fauna of Sardinia

If you go hiking in Sardinia, you will never cease to be surprised! There’s a reason the whole island is a nature reserve, home to many native plants and animals. So you don’t hike and watch from afar – you’re right in the middle. The landscape offers many special features the pristine sandy beaches and turquoise sea are a true dream.

A typical Sardinian Cuile in Golgo

Cuisine

The island of a thousand festivals – that’s Sardinia. This is because the inhabitants of the island have always had to work very hard, so distraction was good. Hardly a month passes without a Sardinian feast. And the most delicious dishes are served at these celebrations. Sheep cheese is a speciality here, but the Sardinian’s also have a talent for baking bread. The Pane Carasau is a thin flatbread that shouldn’t be missed as an accompaniment to the main course!

Individual hiking along white beaches

Perfectly organised hiking holidays in southern Italy

At Eurohike, we make sure that you can focus on the beauty of Italy during your hiking tour. Our service not only includes luggage transfer from one accommodation to the next, but also on-site assistance. With us you can enjoy your hiking holiday.

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