Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi Tour: A Unique Day Tour in Sicily
Looking for a unique Sicily day tour that combines ancient Greek temples with stunning natural wonders? Look no further than the Valley of the Temples tour and the Scala dei Turchi tour, two of the most unforgettable experiences in the region.
Start your day with a visit to the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the best example of Greek ingenuity in temple-building and city-planning. Meet your guide at your accommodation or the entrance of the Valley of the Temples and explore one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. The tour includes a visit to the Temple of Hera (Juno) built at the very top of the hill, which offers a magnificent view of the landscape, coastline, and the Mediterranean Sea. Walk for about one mile downhill and stop along the main path to admire the city fortifications and Byzantine arcosolia, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Herakles, the Temple of Zeus and the Sanctuary of Chthonian Deities (Temple of Castor and Pollux). As you listen to your guide, you’ll discover the secrets behind their construction, gain insight into the civilization that produced them, and get to know the personages that made ancient Akragas “the most beautiful of mortal cities”.
In the afternoon, head to the Scala dei Turchi, one of the most famous beaches in the world. The Scala dei Turchi, or Turkish Steps, is a white cliff sliding into the sea. The place takes its name from the Saracen pirates, improperly called Turks by the local populations, who in the 1500s used to land on this particular rocky formation to plunder the coastal villages such as the modern-day Realmonte. This natural staircase, hence the name “scala,” sloping into the blue water, made it easy to land from the sea for pirate raids, in a place sheltered from the winds and probably also poorly controlled. Walk along the beach and swim in the clear water if you wish. You’ll never forget the blue color of the sea and the white color of the cliffs.
The best place to stay for the Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi tour is Agrigento. However, you can also visit Agrigento on a day trip from other Sicilian locations. For example, the driving time is about 2 hours and 20 minutes from Palermo, 2 hours from Ragusa, 2 hours from Catania, and 3 hours from Taormina.
Make the most of your time in Sicily with a Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi tour. These two unique experiences will show you the best that this region has to offer, from ancient history to natural beauty. Book your Sicily day tour today!