Climbs & Vistas - Monte Catalfano

A Scenic Mountain Bike Route in Sicily on Bagheria's Mount Catalfano

Mountain Bike Route in Sicily

This is a panoramic mountain bike route in Sicily within easy reach from Palermo. A few tough climbs and amazing sea views await you. Ideal for hardtail mountain bikes.

Route Characteristics

This route has several steep climbs and the riding surface isn’t always smooth. Suitable for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers. 

When to Go

The route is accessible all year round, but expect some mud when it rains (usually, between November and February). On clear days, the views stretch out to Mount Etna to the east and to the off-shore island Ustica in the north.

About the Biking Destination

Mount Catalfano overlooks the bay of Aspra and the Capo Zafferano and it offers some great trails for hiking, biking and downhill riding. From the top of the mountain you can enjoy unobstructed views over the Med and the countryside around the town of Bagheria, located around 15 kms to the east of Palermo. There are several grottos including the Grotta dell’Eremita and the Grotta di Cala dell’Osta. A nice picknick area and a playground are accessible from the parking area.

Enjoy a ride across fun trails amidst wild Mediterranean nature and finish off the day with a gelato at the waterfront of the lovely fishing village Aspra.


Public transport: Railway station at Bagheria. There are several trains during the day and in the evening and bicycles are allowed on all regional trains at an extra cost (currently 3,50 euro for the whole day). Check the train timetable on

Please note: if you travel solo or as a couple, you will hardly ever have problems in finding a place for your bikes on the train, but if you are a group of cyclists please bear in mind that most trains only carry two bikes and book a private bike shuttle instead. Get in touch if you wish to book a bike shuttle.

Terrain: If you ride from Palermo, the first section is on a state road with a short bit on a cycle path. If you start from the railway station in Bagheria, the first section of the route will be on urban and secondary roads. The tracks on the Mount Catalfano are mainly off-road with a few single tracks.

Difficulty level: Advanced

Bike: best for mountain bikes (hardtail). Rent a bike for your mountain bike tour around Mount Catalfano.

Route Info for this Mountain Bike Route in Sicily

Best Period
All year round
49 km
4 hrs
Departure Point


Arrival Point
Elevation Gain
580 m
Highest Point
370 m
Intermodal Transport
Train, Private Shuttle
Skill Level
Fitness Level

Riding Surface

  • Asphalt 41% 41%
  • Paved 26% 26%
  • Gravel 1% 1%
  • Natural 31% 31%

Way Type

  • State Road 20% 20%
  • Road 39% 39%
  • Path 9% 9%
  • Single Track 31% 31%

Bike Map of this Mountain Bike Route in Sicily

Rent a Mountain Bike in Palermo

Elevation Profile

Use the dynamic altitude chart to see all climbs along the route. Select your preferred map type from the available options on the top right position of the map. If you have activated the relevant function in your browser you will see a marker pointing to your current position.

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