Calabria: Silavventura, sleeping in the trees amidst countless adventures
Not just an adventure park, but a real eco-park designed for all people, big or small, who want to have fun outdoors in a sustainable way.
We are Lorica in the unspoilt scenery of the Sila plateau and here, on the shores of Lake Arvo, in the heart of the Sila National Park at 1300 metres above sea level, we find Silavventura, a low environmental impact theme park where you can have fun while learning to respect nature.
As well as 14 acrobatic routes suspended at different heights from the ground, equipped with cableways, Tibetan bridges, swinging barrels and swings, winding among the majestic specimens of larch pine, the main conifer species in the central area of Calabria.
In the large forest area of the Lorica eco-park, you will find climbing gyms, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking and environmental education, as well as a mini-park, a village of tree houses and a hut-restaurant.
Higher and higher, the pleasure of climbing
Coordination, agility, motor intelligence, nerves of steel: on the climbing wall at Silavventura Park, a wall measuring 10 metres high and 4 metres wide, you can test the talents required of a good climber. From the age of 6, everyone can try their hand at this lucid and athletic vertical dance, trying to push themselves upwards, gaining an ever-increasing perspective and discovering the pleasure of finding the right movements and strategies, even before the satisfaction of reaching the top.
Canoe, bike and snowshoe explorations
From three years of age onwards, everyone can have a tailor-made adventure here. By hiring a canoe, you can set off to explore Lake Arvo at Silavventura, alone or with company. Walking with official Sila National Park guides, you will discover the wonders of the great Calabrian plateau with day and night hikes, illuminated by a head torch. If you prefer two wheels, you can explore the plateau on a mountain bike, along routes suitable for all levels of fitness. From here, then, on winter days, you will also have the opportunity to walk through the forests and trails of the gentle slopes of the Sila with snowshoes, through snow-covered pine and beech forests.
In Silavventura there is also a village designed for children, where adults are only allowed to accompany them: a playground with 6 mignon wooden houses around a small square in the forest. The adventure course is also puppy-sized and consists of a trampoline, a suspended route, two turrets with a slide, two swings, a zip line and two chick paths, to be tackled armed with harnesses and carabiners.
A romantic night in the tree
Yet in the eco-park, there are cottages for adults: an authentic village, built using environmentally sustainable techniques, also suspended in the branches of the forest and with a panoramic view of Lake Arvo. Inside, you can enjoy the romantic adventure of sleeping in a tree, in a sleeping bag and on camping mats, as a couple or as a family. Sweet dreams!
A welcoming park
In accordance with its inclusive philosophy, at Silavventura, access to the park is free to all, you only pay if you decide to challenge yourself on the suspended trails and the climbing wall, to venture out on a mountain bike or in a canoe.
One recommendation, however: dress warmly, even in summer, the park is located in a forest in the mountains, wear closed shoes, sneakers or hiking boots, and comfortable sportswear, preferably long trousers. Gloves, such as those used for cycling, gymnastics or mountaineering, are also recommended.
And then back to the hut, amidst Silan delicacies
And if the thousands of activities in the eco-park make you hungry, continue your exploration of the Sila at the table, savouring the area's typical cuisine: in its mountain hut-restaurant, with tables inside and outside, Silavventura invites you to taste Calabrian cured meats and cheeses, Sila potato gnocchi, grilled meats, salmon trout and local mushrooms.
Between a suspended trail and a canoe ride, you can't fail to taste the classic Sila sausage and caciotta sandwich. And, once satiated, off to new adventures...