Staying at the B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera during Easter, you will attend the celebrations of this religious festival very much felt by locals, dive yourself completely in the Sicilian tradition of the past.
During the Holy Week, the streets of Ribera will be a succession of events: the Way of the Cross live, the band, the great procession called the "descent of the Cross ". But the most awaited for centuries remains “Lu “Ncontru” (the meeting), in which the statues - carried by the faithful men- of Our Lady of Sorrows, seguita da S. Michael who announces that the resurrection of Christ, and Christ, meet after a final long run.
What better time to visit the Valley of Temples in Agrigento se non durante la Almond Blossom Festival? The B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera is meno di un’ora da Agrigento, this will allow you to attend the event and at the same time spend a relaxing stay, away from the chaos of those days in Agrigento.
The almond blossom is celebrated as a symbol of spring: the Agrigento made this special moment, creating an event that aims above all to peace and brotherhood of peoples. The Greek temples, become the setting in which you can enjoy listening folk music and see dance groups from all over the world, and the ancient Akragas these days is back to be at the center of the Mediterranean.
The Carnival of Sciacca is, together with that of Acireale, and one of the greatest historical events in Sicily. In just 20 minutes far from the B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera, you will enjoy walking in the streets of a town that, for a whole week, will become a true land of wonder for children and adults.
Sì perché in Sciacca there is no age limit to have fun, and anyone can join dancers. Around 4:00 in the morning , “Peppe Nappa”, the symbol of Sciacca, will be burned in the historic Piazza Scandaliato.
From the port of Sciacca, at just 20 minutes driving from the B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera, you can go diving in the crystal clear Mediterranean sea having boat trips to Selinunte, Eraclea Minoa, Sciacca Capo San. Marco, Favignana, Stagnone – Mozia, Levanzo, Pantelleria, Ferdinandea. If you want to explore by yourself the area , in Sciacca you can also rent a boat.
For your bikes there is ample room in the B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera. The Mountain Bike enthusiasts will have great choice between routes to the sea or to the hills close to Ribera. Ideal , and not much tiring, would be going by bike to the Natural Reserve of "River Platani”.
The more adventurous can contact an organized group of mountain bikers , who offer real mountain biking in Sicily coast to coast.
The B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera is a few kilometers far from Natural Reserve "River Platani”, where you can also enjoy a picnic area and swim. But the reserve is also a perfect place for birdwatching, perché è il primo approdo per many migratory birds from Africa.
Among the many foreign birds the landlord of the Reserve will be the “Pendolino”, a bird with a characteristic black mask at eye level, just 11 cm long and weighing 8 grams. The natural area of the Reserve is also perfect hiking in the green of the Mediterranean, following the paths of alternating pine trees, acacias and eucalyptus.
A few minutes from the B &B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera is located the Seccagrande’s beach, one of the seaside resorts most frequented by locals. The name is conferred because of its portion of the beach, forming an arc protruding into the sea, ending in a large dry with numerous cliffs. Seccagrande is ideal for those who love pristine beach but still want have fun: on the waterfront in fact you will find several bars, pubs, restaurants to eat fresh fish and pizza. During the summer many cultural events are organised to brighten up the evenings, but the most suggestive moment is related to the night of "Ferragosto", when you can enjoy bonfires between the 14 th of August and the night of the 15 th of August.
But Seccagrande does not stop with the end of summer! Throughout the year the coast continues to be the meeting point for youth, thanks to its many bars and restaurants. In September you can enjoy the Pizzafest, an event that attracts many tourists, where you will taste different varieties of pizza, all rigorously baked in rock ovens with wood. The event will also be enhanced by live music and theater.
A small fraction of Ribera built during Fascism, Borgo Bonsignore is a township not far from B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera. In Borgo Bonsignore you can find sandy beaches, with adjacent free parking in the shade of a pine forest. From the town by car , or walking by the beach, you can reach the Natural Reserve "mouth of "River Platani”. This paradise on Earth, with its reach forest ends up on a pristine and uncontaminated sand beach with crystal clear water, è stato UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In site you will fin a picnic area where you can relax in the shade of eucalyptus trees, before taking a dip in the crystal sea. If you like to stroll reach Cape Blanc (Capo Bianco), a magnificent cliff , una magnifica scogliera a picco sul mare. The more adventurous ((and experts) ), can also reach , from Borgo Bonsignore, the beach of fallen stones (Pietre Cadute) . These are small bays created by huge rocks "fallen " into the sea, we recommend some good non-slip shoes, because you can reach them only through a steep and dangerous descent.
Close to Seccagrande,the holiday destination of Piana Grande is at just 5 minutes driving from the B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera.This feature beach, consisting of sand mixed with stones, it is more pristine than Seccagrande. However, Piana Grande is served by the catering summer kiosks, very busy in the evening when the beach is alive with young people , dancing and having fun, above all during the "Ferragosto" night (the 14 th of August).
In the beach of San Giorgio is located at only 10 minutes driving from the B&B Casa degli Ulivi Ribera. Many are the tiny streets which go down to the beaches, These are clean, with fine sand and crystalline water. The beach is uncontaminated and does not offer any service, After a day of sunbathing we suggest you to go and have dinner to one of the many restaurants in Seccagrande . There you can have pizza , as our famous “tabisca”, or a magnificent fish dinner.