Location of Monti Iblei.
|Elevation||986 m (3,235 ft)|
|Coordinates||37°06′58″N 14°49′13″E / 37.11611°N 14.82028°ECoordinates: 37°06′58″N 14°49′13″E / 37.11611°N 14.82028°E|
|Location||Province of Ragusa, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy|
|Easiest route||mountain walk from the road at Buscemi|
The Hyblaean Mountains (Italian: Monti Iblei) is a mountain range in south-eastern Sicily, Italy. It straddles the provinces of Ragusa, Syracuse and Catania. The highest peak of the range is Monte Lauro, at 986 m.
The range is composed of white limestone rocks, characterized by Karst topography. Originally a plateau, rivers have eroded the landscape, forming numerous deep canyons. In the coastal area sandstone is also present. In some areas, such as that of Monte Lauro (once part of a submerged volcanic complex), volcanic rocks are also present.
The Hyblaean Mountains are characterized by gentle slopes, interrupted by sharp valleys. In the central area are numerous woods which are intermingled with dry stone walls of typical of south-eastern Sicily. The more populated coastal area is characterised by terraced hills with Mediterranean vegetation, rising up to a plateau cultivated by olive trees, vines, citrus fruit and almonds. Other crops include grain and maize.
The main peaks of the Monti Iblei are:
- Monte Lauro 986m
- Monte Casale 910m
- Monte Arcibessi 907m
- Serra Brugio 870m
- Monte Raci 610m
- Monte Racello 530m
- Monti Climiti 410m
- ITALY'S VOLCANOES: THE CRADLE OF VOLCANOLOGY - Monti Iblei , Sicily, Italy
- Grandi Montagne - Sicilia. 2007.