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Majella National Park, that all mountains, that of the bear, but also of the wolf, full of abbeys but also of hermitages, without neglecting its plateaus and wild canyons. It is a park for all nature lovers but does not leave disappointed even those who appreciate the human settlements perched. The protagonist, however, is the mountain, indeed, the Montagna Madre d’Abruzzo, also dear to Pope Celestine V, and to all visitors who are lucky enough to visit this area.
Majella National Park: video
Before spending the words that this park deserves all, let's take a look at what awaits us. We are sure that we will remain intrigued, then we will go to better discover the wonders that the territory protected by Majella National Park reserves us. First, a very convincing introductory video.
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Maiella National Park: how to get there
By plane to Majella National Park it is easy to get there by landing at Abruzzo International Airport, in Pescara, and there are not many shortcuts to take. By train, on the other hand, you can use the Rome-Sulmona-Pescara railway line or, in addition, the local Sulmona-Carpinone-Isernia line. If we prefer the road transport, there are the buses of the companies Arpa and Sangritana that connect the villages of the Park with Sulmona, Chieti, Pescara, Lanciano and Guardiagrele. The choice is not lacking.
If you have no choice but to take the car, from Rome you can take the A24 Rome-L'Aquila and the A25 Torano-Pescara, exit at Pratola Peligna, Bussi, Torre de 'Passeri, Alanno-Scafa and continue towards the villages of the massif with state roads 17, 487, 614, 81, 84. Coming from the north, from Bologna or Ancona, or from the south-east, that is from Bari, there is the A14 up to Pescara and then the A25 inland.
To reach the eastern side of the Majella si passes from the Val di Sangro and then continues towards Casoli, or you use the Pescara-Chieti exit continuing towards Guardiagrele. Finally, from Naples or in any case from the south - west, you arrive at the Majella National Park with the A1 up to Caianello and then continue towards Venafro-Roccaraso.
Majella National Park: what to see
Among the sites of interest to see, I point out some, taking for granted, and for video views, all treasures of flora and fauna to which words do not do justice. A bit of suspense, then, I leave it to you by choice, it is right that before the visit we do not know 100% of what awaits us.
Pacentro, is a medieval village host of Majella National Park and it is one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" by popular election. It is 10 km from Sulmona. Located in the green, it is also recognized for the presence of its Castle, a jewel of white stone and mortar, often the background of local folklore manifestations that offer authentic colors, sounds and flavors.
From the landscape point of view the Majella National Park it does not have its own season because in every period it knows how to get noticed and appreciated. In late spring with the blooms, in autumn with the charm of the hermitages, in summer along the paths and in winter covered with white mystery: evocative as never before.
To enjoy all this, when we wish, we can take advantage of paths for trekking enthusiasts, sometimes long and tiring, but also of simpler paths identified in the Majella National Park that allow us without dangers and exaggerated efforts, to admire the admirable and return safe, sound and satisfied. Sweaty but happy. Admission to the park is free and free.
Maiella National Park: map
We talked about paths, inaccessible or not, let's see where they lead us and where we would like them to take us. Taking a look at the map we can also understand how ready we must be to hike.
Majella National Park Authority
The Majella National Park was established thanks to the Law of 6 December 1991 and the organization was born with a Decree of the President of the Republic of 5 June 1995. As an extension it can count on 74,095 hectares, all in the green of Abruzzo, divided between the provinces of Pescara, L'Aquila and Chieti.
Municipalities embraced by Majella National Park there are numerous, the Mountain Communities I can mention without boring: Peligna, Alto Sangro and Altopiano delle Cinquemiglia, Majella and Morrone, Majelletta, Aventino-Medio Sangro, Medio-Sangro. Right in the silent woods of the Majella National Park the hermits also took refuge in search of serenity and natural and wild life, marked by a condition of true solitude, in which to devote themselves to prayer. You can see the hermitages, made of bare stone and immaterial spirituality.
Majella National Park: hotels and hostels
In the green of Majella National Park we find the houses, the Case del Parco, where you can spend precious time for us who have chosen a different holiday. Whether we choose the guesthouses, or if we choose hostels or shelters, we will find numerous services and all the information so as not to lose any treasure in the protected area.
Among the guesthouses of the Majella National Park there is, how could it be missing, the one called "Casa del Lupo" in Caramanico Terme (PE), a Pan Parks certified structure which is suggested as an ideal starting point for excursions that will take us to the Orfento Valley, towards the Hermitages by Celestino V and le maximum peaks of the Majella and Morrone.
The Macchia del Fresco Hostel, in Fara San Martino (CH), known as the city of water and pasta, is the reference accommodation for accessing the eastern side of the Majella National Park. It is close to many villages but also to natural areas and areas of wildlife interest.
The Foresteria The Station Hostel, in Cansano (AQ) has been restored by the Park Authority through the “To the Park by train” project and offers many possibilities both as natural paths and as more historical and traditional ones. So is the Park guesthouse "the Quarters Hostel ", but this is immersed in the plateau of Quarto Santa Chiara, at about 1250 m. altitude: the view is nothing short of suggestive.
Very well equipped is then House of the Bear, with 10 rooms furnished and full of comforts, telephone and wi-fi, with a restaurant, children's play area, picnic and even Camper parking, all in harmony with the landscape.
In the Morrone mountains I recommend the "Il Puzzacchio" Refuge, about 1000 m. altitude, perfect for those who feel like a real hiker or want to become one by coming into contact with nature
Majella National Park: paths and itineraries
As for places to sleep, in Majella National Park there is also a wide choice of trails given the more than 700 km available. It ranges from the paths of a little more gold to others that also take up a whole day. And then there are three large multi-day treks, five ring trails dedicated to dry stone huts and thirty simple itineraries which I suggest to families or city hikers, mountaineers for 5 days a year or a little more. Don't overdo it, enjoy it without exaggerating in abnormal efforts.
A gem of the Majella National Park for hikers there are the paths that reach the high altitudes of the Majella: they are long itineraries far from inhabited centers, not suitable for everyone but certainly fascinating. An unforgettable experience but one to be prepared for, physically and psychologically.
If you have more days available, better opt for one of the three great trekking circuits that explore the Majella National Park: the path of the Park, the path of the Spirit and the path of Freedom. In addition, there is an itinerary dedicated to dry stone huts.
The hiking trails in the territory of Majella National Park there are over 120, then, and must be searched by eyeing the white-red signs: they have various levels of difficulty. For families there are in the Majella National Park over twenty simple tracks particularly suitable for children and untrained people. It is not a renunciation or a limited visit because they take us close to wildlife areas, botanical gardens or other structures of interest and success is guaranteed anyway.
For those who have not yet decided whether to feel a skilled hiker or a relaxed one, there are always the Visitor Centers or the Information Centers of the Majella National Park to evaluate which itinerary may be the most suitable. And enjoyable.
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