The Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro is a nature paradise and Sicily’s first nature reserve. It lies western from the capital Palermo and stretches 7km along the coastline between the small village Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo in the west.

Paradisiac nature and beautiful coastline in Zingaro

In 1981, It became a nature reserve, after the “Zingaro” was partially opened to a coastal road in 1976. The construction was stopped and this part of Sicily became to one of the most beautiful areas on the island. The reserve attracts hikers, bathers, and divers and offers silence and relaxation in the summer months, when the beaches and cities of Sicily are overrun.

The impressive coastline with its craggy and steep cliffs and sea caves was formed by the wind and the sea. It dazzles with bays of pebble beaches and crystal clear, turquoise water, and its untouched landscapes, like craggy limestone rocks, as the Monte Speziale, high cliffs and steppe-like areas. But on closer inspection you can discover a large plant diversity, which is perfectly adapted to its environment!

Around 700 different plant types grow in this area. A special type is the Mediterranean fan plant, the Chamareops, the only domestic palm in Europe. 

Usually, it reaches a knee-high size; but in “Lo Zingaro” it grows up to two metres! There is a large variety of birds as well, and especially the eagles, peregrines and kestrels, as well as partridges and several owl and fogey species attract many ornithologists. The beautiful underwater world is diverse and magnificent, too: Here, the world championship of underwater photography took place!

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