Cavagrande del Cassibile
Cavagrande del Cassibile
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Cavagrande del Cassibile is a canyon with gorgeous waterfalls, swimming holes and awe-inspiring limestone formations. Make your way down to the pool with a waterfall for a refreshing dip. Pack plenty of water and sunscreen, and wear appropriate footwear and protective clothing—it gets pretty hot in summer, and there is little in the way of shade. In recent years, the hiking trail here has been officially closed to the public due to dangerous conditions. However, attendants at the information counter are happy to offer a map and advice if you are determined to push on regardless. If you decide to hike, you’ll be rewarded with a challenging but peaceful trek with stunning views. – Tripadvisor
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  • Raf De Paepe
    Haaltert, Belgium788 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place to swim
    Quite a ‘trip’ to get to the pools below, but worth it! It starts with +-1km of very bumpy road to the ‘info-center’. Bring your own food and drinks, nothing for sale here. They can help you out with tapping water if needed. After a short info (telling you to only walk the ‘green’ trail and that everything that could happen is on your own responsibility), we went down; not an easy walk, but if you exercise and have appropriate shoes, should not be an issue. Swimming in the pools is SUPER. The way back up is harder of course; but with enough water and resting from time to time in the shade, we made it fairly well. But certainly take enough water!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Michael I
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely hike… but!
    A wonderful experience, the most beautiful part of the trail is closed off but we ‘stumbelled’ over the barrier… we met some very nice people and had amazing views of the gorge. Unfortunately on our return to the ‘car park’ we found our car, and several others, had been broken into. We were lucky the there was nothing to take but some of our neighbours lost cash, bags and passports. We subsequently found out that this is a common enough event at this venue. What’s more annoying is that there are staff onsite but no ‘official’ car park.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Alexandra B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting the grand Canyon of Sicily
    Our Guide was very friendly and explained us the surrounding and showed us plants special for this area. The highlight was to take a dip in one of the pools with clean, clear water. So refreshing. The tour was easy to go. Really great Landscape with beautiful views.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2024
  • TheCurie
    Mainz, Germany190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful hike with very rewarding lakes and scenery
    If you're in the area, it's a Must do be done. It's 300m up and down, partly with quite steep steps. We did it with small children, but they needed help at some points along the way. The lakes at the bottom of the valley are spectacularly beautiful. The pictures don't reflect the actual scenery, it's better than that. If you have 3-4h to spare, and if you're not afraid of sore legs, do it. Bear in mind that there are park rangers watching the scenery: We saw people getting in trouble for jumoing into the lake from the cliff and for littering.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 June 2024
  • Acr92
    London, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Bumpy Ride In, But It’s Worth It!!
    Beware of the road!! It’s not maintained or looked after so be careful with (hire) cars - it’s fine if you just take it slow. If you’re relatively healthy & used to walking, the hike down is easy - we saw some people had done it in sandals. It’s stunning views from the beginning so took us around 40 minutes, regularly stopping to take pictures. Once you get down to the bottom it’s even more beautiful! A natural paradise/oasis. There are 3/4 pools to pick from to swim in. The water’s cold but not freezing and fine once you’re in - especially if it’s a hot day! Stones are slippery!! Make sure to pack suncream, water & snacks as you’ll want to be there for a while! There’s no phone signal down there either. We stayed for nearly four hours then the walk back up took just over 30 mins. Will definitely be back!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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Cara W
Oxfordshire, UK17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
Unfortunately we didn't see the previous review before setting off from Ortigia. The drive up was pretty stunning but when we arrived we found that wire fencing was up to stop you from climbing the gate. There are works on-goung until 19 Nov 2020 so hopefully visitors next year can enjoy!
Written 29 September 2020
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TheCurie
Mainz, Germany190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
If you're in the area, it's a Must do be done. It's 300m up and down, partly with quite steep steps. We did it with small children, but they needed help at some points along the way. The lakes at the bottom of the valley are spectacularly beautiful. The pictures don't reflect the actual scenery, it's better than that. If you have 3-4h to spare, and if you're not afraid of sore legs, do it.

Bear in mind that there are park rangers watching the scenery: We saw people getting in trouble for jumoing into the lake from the cliff and for littering.
Written 2 June 2024
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Jade H
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
CLOSED!
Really looked forward to visiting this beautiful place.
Sadly you cannot get down to it now!
Apparently you used to have to climb over a gate & make your way down - however arrived today to find 10 foot fences every where! Apparently there are geologists are at work.....
Either way they clearly do not want this place visited for swimming - unless you are prepared to actually cause criminal damage of course
Nice view.....
Written 25 September 2020
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Acr92
London, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Beware of the road!! It’s not maintained or looked after so be careful with (hire) cars - it’s fine if you just take it slow.
If you’re relatively healthy & used to walking, the hike down is easy - we saw some people had done it in sandals. It’s stunning views from the beginning so took us around 40 minutes, regularly stopping to take pictures.
Once you get down to the bottom it’s even more beautiful! A natural paradise/oasis. There are 3/4 pools to pick from to swim in. The water’s cold but not freezing and fine once you’re in - especially if it’s a hot day! Stones are slippery!!
Make sure to pack suncream, water & snacks as you’ll want to be there for a while! There’s no phone signal down there either.
We stayed for nearly four hours then the walk back up took just over 30 mins. Will definitely be back!
Written 13 June 2024
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Katherine B
Wallington, UK113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It was a hot day and we started quite early. The route is officially closed but if you are happy to accept responsibility for yourself there is nothing to stop you for hiking down to the pools. You have to be reasonably fit and able to climb over the gate on to the trail. The trail is rocky and uneven so you definitely need good shoes. The views are great and the path is lined with pretty flowers and lizards skitter every where. There is little shade and the path is quite narrow in places. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the bottom of the gorge and the pools are stunning and the water crystal clear. There were only 2 other people when we arrived. The water is cool and refreshing and full of fish and tadpoles. The rocks can be a bit slippery so take care but it's definitely worth taking swimming gear. We were told it would take an hour or more to climb back up but I did it in slightly less. We met more people coming down and the path is narrow in places so you have to stop to let people pass - everyone was friendly. It was a hot sweaty climb up to the top and over the gate but the cafeteria was well stocked with cold drinks. It's a rewarding hike with great views and the swim is very much recommended.
Written 29 May 2022
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Raf De Paepe
Haaltert, Belgium788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Quite a ‘trip’ to get to the pools below, but worth it! It starts with +-1km of very bumpy road to the ‘info-center’. Bring your own food and drinks, nothing for sale here. They can help you out with tapping water if needed. After a short info (telling you to only walk the ‘green’ trail and that everything that could happen is on your own responsibility), we went down; not an easy walk, but if you exercise and have appropriate shoes, should not be an issue. Swimming in the pools is SUPER. The way back up is harder of course; but with enough water and resting from time to time in the shade, we made it fairly well. But certainly take enough water!!
Written 1 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Alexandra B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our Guide was very friendly and explained us the surrounding and showed us plants special for this area. The highlight was to take a dip in one of the pools with clean, clear water. So refreshing. The tour was easy to go.
Really great Landscape with beautiful views.
Written 3 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael I
Oranmore14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A wonderful experience, the most beautiful part of the trail is closed off but we ‘stumbelled’ over the barrier… we met some very nice people and had amazing views of the gorge. Unfortunately on our return to the ‘car park’ we found our car, and several others, had been broken into. We were lucky the there was nothing to take but some of our neighbours lost cash, bags and passports. We subsequently found out that this is a common enough event at this venue. What’s more annoying is that there are staff onsite but no ‘official’ car park.
Written 15 November 2023
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Isabelle
Ghent, Belgium11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We parked in Laghetti di Cavagrande - Parcheggio Carrubella. This is a stony road going past a farm and uphill until you arrive at a big spot for parking. We chose path A and were downhill pretty fast. This is the sunny side of the hill. We just chose a random spot for bathing and were alone.
Written 27 March 2023
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Laurraine F
Milazzo, Italy116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Go, go, go. Don’t think twice, once you’re down the 1km hike you won’t regret it! A canyon of natural spring water and waterfalls, throw yourself into the ice cold water and get a massage from the many waterfalls. Remember before going down to take water and some sandwiches so you can refuel for the walk back
Up. We did it with a 9 and an 11 year old. Roughly 30 minutes walk down (can slippery in parts) and 40 minutes back up, believe it or not it was easier to walk back up! At the top there is a bar that serves food, drinks and ice creams etc. parking available right next to the bar for 3€ all day. Open from 8am to 9pm. Definitely do this or you will regret it!
Written 19 August 2020
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