The town of Aragona

Tourism in Aragona

The small volcanoes of Macalube

Not very far from Aragona, in a desert spot, you can assist to a magic show.

Exiting town and going towards Agrigento, turn right after 1 km. and reach Casa Salomone, which takes you up to contrada Macalube.

Here you can assist to pseudo-volcanic phenomena, small-scale eruptions of brackish white mud, continuously erupting gas bubbles.

From the Arab maqlub (alluring, upsetting), these small volcanoes can get 2 metre tall and are formed by clayey and friable materials, often levelled by the rain.

The small volcanoes of Macalube
Photo © Affinità Elettive
The small volcanoes of Macalube
Photo © Affinità Elettive

The erupted gas is cold and is often accompanied by carbon dioxide bubbles.

By night the show is great: the gas, being easily inflammable, turns into small fires which give an infernal look to the spot.

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