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From Catania: Valley of the Temples and Turkish Steps

1. From Catania: Valley of the Temples and Turkish Steps

Begin the day with a pick-up from your accommodation in a comfortable minivan at around 8:30 AM. First stop will be in Agrigento. This city used to be the richest of all the Greek colonies.  Admire the beautiful and impressive Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. See some of the best preserved Greek temples in the world. Pindar, the Greek poet and writer, described it as one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals. The Valley of the Temples is famous for its well-preserved temples, seven in total.  The Temple of Concordia is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world helping the site to gain the classic UNESCO world heritage award. At the site, visit the remains of many other temples dedicated to various divinity like Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus, and Athena. Next see one of the most amazing beaches in Sicily. A few kilometers away from Agrigento, find the Scala dei Turchi, literally translated to Turkish steps. Discover a dazzling white rock formation, rising from the clear blue sea like giant steps. Walk this gentle slope, high above the sea on your feet, and enjoy a unique experience. Here, have free time to enjoy one of the most famous beaches in Sicily, and eat a Sicilian snack, including small pizzas, bottles of water and red local wine. Arrive back in Catania in the early evening.

Agrigento: Stair of the Turks Cliffs Boat Tour & Swim Stops

2. Agrigento: Stair of the Turks Cliffs Boat Tour & Swim Stops

Swim in the crystal clear waters at the Stair of the Turks cliffs on this boating excursion from Agrigento. Trace the shoreline and uncover beaches, and bays like Maddalusa beach and the Bay of Madonnina. Have the option to purchase drinks and rent recliners onboard. Meet your skipper at the activity provider's office in Agrigento and begin your boating adventure. Admire the beautiful landscapes of the area as you cross the river Akragas. Discover the beauty of the soft white cliffs of the Stair of the Turks (Scala dei Turchi) surrounded by turquoise waters. Stop to go for a refreshing dip in this scenic location. Continue west for stunning views of the lighthouse of Capo Rossello, the Bay of Madonnina, and Gucciarda rocks. Go for a second swim in a spot with blue water and breathtaking views. Sail past the dynamic beaches of Pietre Cadute, Siculiana, and Giallonardo before returning to your starting point in Agrigento.

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What people are saying about Stair of the Turks

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 58 reviews

So first of all - it is not a sailing boat but a normal motor boat. It also takes a minute to find it - the meeting point description isn’t that useful. The boat itself is rather new and comfortable but it wouldn’t fit more than 5 adults (plus skipper). We had the trip with a family (2 adults and 2 children) - it was fine as they wanted to be at the front of the boat and we wanted to be under the shade, but if all of us would prefer to be in the shade or in the sun - we probably couldn’t fit. I would recommend this tour if you are a group of 4-5 so that you can enjoy the full boat, because otherwise you have to be lucky to share the boat with nice people :) the tour takes however only 1.5h so you can maybe survive the sun for so long - there is also a break for 35mins next to the Scala dei Turchi so maybe it will be good enough :) The Scala is rather underwhelming from a distance but very beautiful if you swim up closer - much nicer view that from the beach itself :)

La visite des temples vaut vraiment le coup. On est environ deux heures sur place, ce qui permet de prendre son temps pour visiter tranquillement. Il faisait chaud, il faut prévoir chapeau et crème solaire. Le paysage de la plage est très beau. Par contre il y a souvent du vent (très fort), ce qui fait voler du sable très fort et peut être dérangeant. Pour nager, il faut aller un peu loin car il y a de nombreuses formations rocheuses. Mais c'est vraiment sympa de nager dans ce décor, et de pouvoir s'asseoir sur ces rochers au milieu de l'eau loin de la plage. Pour le repas, c'est street food sicilienne (dont forcément gras et pas super équilibré) dans un petit bouiboui mais c'est copieux et avec plein d'options veggie. Et les proprio sont très accueillants. Le guide apporte en plus du vin sicilien et de l'eau. Notre guide, Giovanni, était très sympa avec plein d'informations interessantes à transmettre.

It was great had a blast. The wait of the line for the Tempels was over 45 minutes we wasted time in the line and didn't have enough time to see all the Temples.we were given only 2 h for the Temples After that we had to rush everything the rest of the tour..so stressful. The locations were gorgeous. But the ticket situation has to be handeld differently. I think the tour company can buy the tickets in advance for the group this way the group doenst have to stay in line forever. ..

We were picked up on time from we stayed ( a long way from the city centre ) by our very friendly driver, Antonio. We had three interesting stops to visit the Villa Romana del Casale with its beautiful mosaics, the Turkish steps where we had a dip in the warm water and the Valley of the Temples, so beautiful to look at, especially at sundown and a very tasty and generous lunch in Piazza Armenina.

it was a beautiful experience. Giovanni was a very knowledgeable guide, very helpful and friendly. The Valley of the Temples is fantastic! highly recommended experience !!!