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Nature & adventure — cycling through Calabria's national parks

Parco nazionale dell’Aspromonte | Photo: Daniele Carletti - BeCycling.net

Nature & adventure — cycling through Calabria's national parks

Bike Touring Collection by Regione Calabria

4

Tours

12:22 h

108 mi

11,350 ft

Rugged mountains, idyllic mountain villages nestled on their slopes, deep forests of ancient trees and picturesque orchards lining the roads, this is what makes the varied landscape of the Apennine ridge in Calabria so beautiful. In the middle of this unique mountain landscapes leads the "Ciclovia dei Parchi". It crosses the region lengthwise and covers a protected area of about 350 hectares.

In this collection we show you four marvelous cycling Tours on the "Ciclovia dei Parchi". They will take you through the National Parks Pollino, Sila, Aspromonte and the Serre Regional Natural Park. The routes are always on paved roads and can be done with any bike. As you will have to climb a few meters in the beautiful mountains of the Apennine ridge, some physical fitness will be required.

The northernmost of the four routes leads you along the edge of the Pollino National Park. On your Tour you will enjoy unforgettable views of snow-capped peaks, idyllic orange plantations along the way and the unique nature of the park. Further south, a Tour through the fascinating world of the Sila National Park Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, awaits you. Look out to ancient forests with old pines and glittering lakes. The third Tour takes you through the Serre Regional Nature Park, where you also cycle through deep forests and gain quite some altitude. In the far south, you will enter the beautiful landscape of the Aspromonte National Park, which will leave lasting impressions with its breathtaking nature and imposing rock formations.

Whether you want to conquer all the parks by bike or just enjoy one of the Tours, one thing is for sure in Calabria: unique nature and unforgettable adventures!

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    Difficult
    02:43
    21.1 mi
    7.8 mph
    2,975 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this scenic tour you drive on the eastern edge of the Pollino National Park from the ancient city of Castrovillari via the villages of San Basile, Saracena, Firmo and Lungro to Acquaformosa.It starts in Castrovillari at an altitude of 360 meters. From here you cycle through the beautiful mountain landscape and past picturesque orchards up to San Basile. …

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  • Difficult
    03:33
    30.9 mi
    8.7 mph
    3,050 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour takes you through the UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve Sila National Park. In addition to deep forests, many lakes and beautiful views over the Sila await you here.It starts at Lake Cecita. From the bank you cycle directly into the forest and follow the road up the mountain. You reach the highest point of the tour on …

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  • Difficult
    03:11
    27.1 mi
    8.5 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route connects the village of Caraffa di Catanzaro with Grifalco and takes you through the dense forests of the Serre up to an altitude of 949 meters.The starting point of the tour is in Caraffa di Catanzaro at 358 meters. From here you cycle first on a flat, later on an ascending route past idyllic fields and picturesque orchards into the medieval Girifalco.

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  • Difficult
    02:56
    29.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,125 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this mountainous tour you cycle from the charming Fabrizia to Canolo, which sits idyllically on the "Dolomites of Aspromonte".The route begins in Fabrizia at an altitude of 963 meters. The village is rich in orchards and has a long forest and charcoal burner tradition. From here you drive through quiet forests to the Passo della Croce Ferrata at 1,128 meters. After crossing the pass, you will enjoy a well-deserved descent into the Valle Gelata.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    108 mi
  • Duration
    12:22 h
  • Elevation
    11,350 ft

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