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Natural Reserve Macalube of Aragona

#1 of 8 things to do in Aragona Features Animals
Via Salvatore la Rosa 53, 92021 Aragona, Sicily, Italy
+39 0922 699210
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Mud Volcanoes Closed - probably for some years

We visited the site just a few days ago, and it looks as if it will be permanently shut for a long... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Tim D
Nottingham, United Kingdom

The place is closed!!!!! - No acces because an accident With two children happend. We visited The... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2016
Esbjerg, Denmark
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This is a regional natural reserve of Sicily, located 4 km SW of Aragon, and 15 km N of Agrigento. The area of the reserve is characterized by predominantly clay soils, which are dissected by ephemeral streams, fed by seasonal rainfall. The area of greatest interest is the hill of volcanoes, a sterile area of color from white to dark gray, populated by a number of mud volcanoes, about a meter high, where normally the gas escapes slowly mixed with clay and water salata.Il name "Macalube" (or according to some versions "Maccalube") derives from "Maqlub" Arabic which literally means "reversal" because, periodically and in a sudden, the hill of volcanoes exploding due to the escape of violent gas.
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13 Sep 2016
“Mud Volcanoes Closed - probably for some years”
9 May 2016
Via Salvatore la Rosa 53, 92021 Aragona, Sicily, Italy
+39 0922 699210
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

We visited the site just a few days ago, and it looks as if it will be permanently shut for a long time due to a fatal accident in 2014, when one of the volcanoes exploded.

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

The place is closed!!!!! - No acces because an accident With two children happend. We visited The place May 2016. There Are No reason to drive to The place.

1  Thank susanne_johansen1
Reviewed 26 September 2014

Satnav co-ordinates for the mud volcanoes (satnavs essential and cheap from china at £30). N 37.37337 E 13.60327

Thank OzS
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Our tourist guidebook mentioned this site as one of natural interest, and close to Agrigento, so we took a break from the ruins and visited. We had a rental car with a GPS that had not been updated, so satellite navigation wasn't effective. This was...More

4  Thank cohighplainsdrifter
R.N.I. Macalube A, Direttore at Natural Reserve Macalube of Aragona, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2014
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L'area è una Riserva Naturale in cui si deveno conservare integralmente le carattestiche naturali senza apportare modifiche di tipo antropico,...More

Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

I go there often. This place is so different compared to the rest of the region. Really wild and suggestive, Populated by unusual vegetation being it in Sicily.

Thank Salvatore C
Reviewed 19 October 2013

We were taken to the Maccalube by our friends who previously visited. Without them we probably would not have found it, as it is not well signposted. Very impressive seeing all the volcanic activity at close range. Definitely worth visiting if in the area.

Thank AandASmith
Reviewed 25 July 2013

This place is not in most guide books and we wouldn't have even known about it, if our host in Marsala didn't mention it, when we told her we were heading to Agrigento. "You must visit Maccalube then!" She told us what it was, and...More

2  Thank Travel_Bug81
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