Tardara Forest Trail

5.0 (6)
2 days 1 night
Italy
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Midscale
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Embark on a captivating trekking adventure through Tusa's breathtaking cork-oak plantation, nestled at the entrance to the Nebrodis Park. As you wander through rows of ancient trees, each with a story etched into its gnarled bark, you'll witness the rich diversity of flora and fauna that call this forest home. 

This journey offers not just a trek through nature, but a glimpse into the cultural and historical significance of Sicily's cork industry, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and resilience of the natural world.

from US$ 271
per tourist for 2 days
Departing from
Pollina, PA, Italia
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Photo Luciano F.
Luciano F. is the provider and guide of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Born in 1979, equestrian guide, riding instructor and breeder. Graduated in "Agricultural Expert" at the Agricultural Institute of Messina, lives in Tusa (ME). Great expert in the horse world and owner of almost all of our animals. Deep connoisseur of the area where I work and live, passionate about organic farming, sustainable breeding, dairy production and beekeeping. With more than ten years of experience in the sector, I speak in addition to Italian, French, Sicilian, with some basics of English.

Tour highlights

Lush Woodland Scenery
Bosco Tardara is renowned for its dense forests and lush greenery, providing a serene backdrop for your trekking adventure.
Enjoy Tranquil Atmosphere
One of the most appealing aspects of trekking in Bosco Tardara is the sense of tranquility and serenity that pervades the area.
Discover Ancient Cork Trees
These majestic trees, some hundreds of years old, add a sense of grandeur and history to the landscape, offering a glimpse into Sicily's rich natural heritage.

Route details

Day 1
Exploring the Tardara wood

Your first day sounds like a wonderful adventure through the stunning landscapes of Sicily's Madonie Park! 

Departing from the base, you'll embark on a journey filled with natural beauty and cultural exploration.

Traversing the territory of Pollina and following ancient bridle tracks, you'll be immersed in the tranquil greenery, with Rocca Pennuta offering a breathtaking panoramic view as a highlight along the way. Finale di Pollina provides a serene spot for a well-deserved break and a delightful seaside lunch, perfect for soaking up the coastal ambiance.

Continuing through the enchanting Tardara wood, where majestic cork trees stand tall, you'll eventually reach your charming chalet retreat.

You'll have the opportunity to indulge in authentic Sicilian cuisine, featuring local specialties, and rest comfortably after a day of discovery.

Day 2
Reaching the scenic spot
Difficulty
Challenging

Accommodation

Comfort
Midscale
Guest House
1 night
1 night
Chalet

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Pollina, PA, Italia
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Tour conditions

Included

  • meals;
  • accommodation; 
  • riding;
  • English/ French speaking guide;
  • insurance.

Extras

  • flights, 
  • transfers.

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

2 days
1 night

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Riding Helmet - we strongly recommend that you wear a properly fitted riding helmet of the current standard which is PAS015 or BSEN1384. Helmets are available at the stables if you do not have your own
  • Jodhpurs - jodhpurs, breeches or other comfortable trousers (jeans may rub and can also be quite hot)
  • Riding Boots - it is important to have correct shoes or boots for horse riding. Jodhpur or ankle boots with a rubber sole are recommended but sturdy shoes with a definite heel are acceptable (such as walking boots)
  • Half Chaps - these are great when worn with ankle boots and help prevent the stirrup leathers rubbing against your legs
  • T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Fleece - Although the weather is generally very warm, the evenings can be a bit cooler
  • Warm layers - At times the evening temperature drops significantly
  • Casual Clothes - for when out of the saddle
  • Water Bottle - it's very important to drink a lot of water when it's hot, especially when doing physical activities
  • Raincoat - it is always a wise idea to pack a waterproof/ windproof jacket!
  • Personal Items - toiletries, any medicines you require and please be sure to take insect repellent and plenty of sun cream
  • Camera and Spare Batteries/Charger - an absolute must! It is also a good idea to take a camera case you can strap around your waist or onto a belt for whilst you are riding
  • A copy of your passport
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 6 reviews
  • V
    Vicius
    15 Sep, 2023
    about provider
    For the past four years, I've made it a tradition to spend my summers immersing myself in nature, and this year has been truly exceptional. A week-long residential adventure took us to some of Sicily's most treasured spots. Our journey kicked off in San'Ambrogio, where we enjoyed an unforgettable day by the sea, complete with a magical horseback swim. It was an incredible experience! We then ventured into the Alte Madonie for two days of pure mountain bliss. Despite facing fog, wind, rain, and cold, the thrill of ascending high into the mountains was priceless. From Piano Zucchi to Piano Battaglia, Pizzo Carbonara, and Piano Pomo, we were treated to awe-inspiring vistas and an intimate connection with Sicily's soul. Our refuge at the "Francesco Crispi" shelter provided warmth, laughter, and a crackling fireplace. Our horses were steadfast companions throughout the journey. In Pollina, we stumbled upon a hidden gem atop a hill, home to a fascinating Manna museum. Our gallops along the trails left lasting impressions. A visit to the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna was another highlight, offering breathtaking panoramas stretching all the way to Cefalù. But what truly made this experience extraordinary was the wonderful company. Sharing these adventures with Simona, a longtime riding companion, and meeting new friends like Jasmine enriched the journey beyond measure. Special thanks to Luciano's team, especially Marialuisa and Paola, the McLeod Sisters, for making every moment unforgettable. In summary, the organiser provides an opportunity to embark on a horseback adventure that delves deep into Sicily's authentic essence. I wholeheartedly recommend this extraordinary and genuine experience!
    15 Sep, 2023
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    Simona
    13 May, 2023
    about provider
    Just came back from the six-day trekking adventure from Cefalù to Etna.. It was a beautiful and exhilarating experience.. the rush of galloping through the woods and the mesmerizing allure of Etna's craters.. Excellent organization, with fun and friendly guides.. Highly recommended for everyone!
    13 May, 2023
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  • D
    Debora
    14 Jan, 2023
    about provider
    The horseback riding excursion for my birthday turned out exactly as I had imagined. From the mountains, we made our way to the beach through several trails, enjoying the spectacular panorama and landscape along the way. And finally, the gallop on the beach—a childhood dream come true. I am immensely grateful to Luciano for making it all possible; he's as friendly and accommodating as they come. Thank you!
    14 Jan, 2023

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