Aspromonte Safari

A four-day hike into the Calabrian unknown: from the high hills of the Aspromonte Grecanica, via bergamot-groves, Greek-speaking ghost towns and the Amendolea Valley, down to the Ionian Sea.

Group departure: Autumn 2020

Itinerary

Day 1/ Arrival in Calabria

Afternoon arrival in Calabria. Dinner and overnight near Melito di Porto Salvo.

Day 2/ Roghudi to Bova

Morning transfer to Roghudi. We cross the fiumara and walk up and along a high ridge with superb views. We descend to Bova, the most vibrant town of the Grecanic area. Overnight in “Albergo diffuso” rooms and apartments.

Day 3/ Bova to Amendolea

Morning to explore Bova, then walk from Bova to Amendolea village, where we stay for two nights at the Agriturismo II Bergamotto. Late afternoon stroll to the ruins of Amendolea Castle.

Day 4/ Galliciano circular walk

Full day circular walk to Galliciano, one of the last strongholds of Calabro-Greek culture. The morning's route climbs through fields and orchards, followed by lunch and a cultural visit in Gallliciano. In the afternoon we descend back to the riverbed and walk home through a
vale of oleanders.

Day 5 / Amendolea to the sea

Morning walk from Amendolea to the coast, with opportunity for swimming in the Ionian Sea. If we’re lucky Mount Etna will reveal herself across the straits of Sicily. Picnic lunch. Departure and onwards transfers.