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“Pine forest, streams, hills and a lake”
Review of Sila National Park

Sila National Park
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Owner description: The Park includes the 3 areas denominated “Sila Grande”, “Sila Piccola” and “Sila Greca”for a total of 73.695 hectares. Tourism within the National Park Of the Sila, is in continuous development through the touristic activities mainly bounded to the winter season and the fruition of the ski lifts . Many qualified services were born bounded to the vacation activities (trekking, orienteering, etc.).In the National Park of the Sila, there are two visiting centers functioning: the Visiting Center of “Cupone”, within the municipal of Spezzano della Sila (CS) and the Visiting Center of “Monaco”, within the municipal of Taverna (CZ).
Reviewed July 18, 2017 via mobile

If you like the outdoors this is worth a visit when in the area.

It would be advisable to drive around the park first and then pick your starting point for a hike as there are several - this will allow you you get your bearings and choose what area you want to cover.

There are hikes to suit everyone from the light stroll to the hardcore 5hr all day job.

Strong shoes, water and some food are a must. There are toilets, a few cafes and spaces for barbecues.

The drive from Catanzaro lido to the national park is 1.5 hrs but allows you to take in some of southern Italys most breathtaking scenery, but leave early and ensure you have a GPS with road closure updates as the multiple mountain bridges and tunnels can be closed off with diversions through small mountain villages

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed May 19, 2017

Around 65 kilometers of beautiful road with incredible views, a lot of camping areas and restaurants, bike friendly, lakes, forests and everything a nature lover might desire. One of the best surprises Italy offered us.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed January 17, 2016

If you want to do long treks this would be a wonderful place, in which case you need many, many hours. We were taken there on a tour for a couple of hours and were extremely disappointed because there was a lot of travel involved getting there and the Tourist Centre displays were very poor when compared with other similar places in many countries I have visited. We felt that very little care was taken with maintenance of the area; this attitude being apparent in many places in Calabria including the capital Conzenza. When you go into the neighbouring province of Apulia you immediately notice it is so much better maintained. Our Italian tour guide said it is typical of the easy-going attitude in Calabria.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank Betula103
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Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

This is a lovely Park and there are some wonderful walks taking in all the natural beauty. Wildlife is in abundance. You could spend hours exploring. One observation don't try and drive the complete circuit around the park by car as the roads/tracks are very treacherous. You should only attempt this if you have a 4x4.

Date of experience: May 2015
3  Thank Bobandmaggie
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

In the north of the Sila National Park there's an area called the Sila Greca, which, while it doesn't have the skiing, the dramatic mountains and deep forests of the main Sila Grande, is unique for its history and culture. Above all, see the ancient Collegio di Sant'Adriano, with mysterious mediaeval zoomorphic mosaics on the floor, in San Demetrio Corone, near Acri.

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank ELear
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