This place is not in most guide books and we wouldn't have even known about it, if our host in Marsala didn't mention it, when we told her we were heading to Agrigento. "You must visit Maccalube then!" She told us what it was, and I wasn't too interested, but my boyfriend seemed excited to see it, so we went. Our GPS must have had out-of-date maps because it led us to a road that stopped being a road, so we ended up walking the last 700 m to the site. Then we saw that there is a new, paved road that leads straight to the entrance. This site was supposed to be a major tourist attraction a few years ago, but the plans fell through and now it's abandoned, unsupervised and free. Because of this, we were the only ones there until another Germany family showed up, so it was nice to have the place almost all to ourselves.
When you come to the site - it seems almost lunar - a mud flat that is affected by volcanic activity that makes the water and clay bubble up to the surface. Because of the extreme heat, the erupted mud quickly turns dry and forms a myriad of tiny clay cones - the mixture of methane and brackish water is discharged and it gives the landscape this lunar appearance.
The main part is a vast field of clay cones, and if you're quiet, you'll keep hearing bubbling sounds everywhere - the erupting mud - some tiny mud volcanoes, some bigger that form a trail of flowing mud down the clay cones. I've never seen anything like it.
Behind the main site there are two small 'lakes' of erupting mud.
I'm glad that we went, even though I was opposed to going at first. It wasn't like anything I've seen before, so if you're the adventurous type that likes discovering new things, I'd recommend Maccalube
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