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“Amazing experience”

Zingaro Nature Reserve
Ranked #148 of 4,169 things to do in Sicily
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Owner description: Sicily’s first nature reserve is extremely important for the abundance of rare and endemic plants, local fauna and the spectacular Uzzo Grotto, one of the first human settlements in the area.
Reviewed August 4, 2013

The Zingaro Nature Reserve is an absolutely beautiful place, well worth the visit. Close to San Vito lo Capo, a popular destination in the north coast of the island. The views are breathtaking, the beach beautiful and the see cristal clear. Unspoilt and pristine. SImply perfect. Highly recommend!!!

Thank Agnieszka G
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

A word of warning for cyclists planning to use the path to get from one side of the reserve to the other - you can't! We had planned a route before going that lead us over the hills to the northern entrance to the park and intended using the track to link up to the road taking us to Castellammare, a few miles down the coast.

We arrived after a long day cycling only to be told by the ticket guy that bicycles weren't allowed. This would mean a 30-mile detour, retracing our footsteps over 4 of he steepest hills in the region. We tried arguing, saying we would be pushing the bikes and not riding them, but he was adamant. Other English-speaking visitors tried intervening on our behalf but to no avail.

Eventually he suggested we waited until he went off duty at 19.30 and just go anyway, which we did. So 2 hours later we set off. It was soon obvious why bikes aren't allowed! The path is narrow, quite rocky and in some places involves steep climbs, scrambling over very rough terrain.

We got to the other end (about 3 miles) just as it was getting dark - any later and we would have had real difficulty in navigating the route.

5  Thank stan o
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The proximity from San Vito Lo Capo was great for us and we enjoyed very beautiful day in the Lo Zingaro reserve. Wonderful hiking, although be aware that there are not many shadows on the paths, so on a sunny day it might be very exhausting. Bring a lot of water! We visited Zingaro in June and it was started to be crowded - a lot of people on path along coast, but still free places on very beautiful beaches. I recommend the entrance from the side of San Vito Lo Capo and if you prefer beaches, you can start with first two - very nice! You have to pay entrance fee of 3 euro (2 for students, free for seniors), but many small museums along the path are included. Worth a visit, but might be overcrowded in summer.

4  Thank Kamil A
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Even in the rain and without the full effect of the sun on the waters, the flowers in April were gorgeous. The park rangers (I don't know what they are called in Italy) were wonderful hosts and I had a nice visit in the nature center. Didn't get to hike very far due to the bad weather, but definitely recommend this beautiful corner of the world to hikers and nature lovers! Thanks to the people of Sicily who saved their coastline.

2  Thank Spello2005
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We arrived later in the day without much water so we knew we were not going to hike very far. We entered from the side nearest to San Vito (North side?). The fee is 2-3 euros, don't remember which. There are no cafes or anything so come prepared with water and food. The park ranger suggested one of the first two beaches as the best. We walked past the first one and decided to go to the second one. (FYI- at the first beach there is a museum and there is a bathroom!) The first beach was nicer than the second and had less people in hindsight. The beaches are white rocks- like river rocks. A bit painful to walk on so if you have sandlas I recommend bringing them! You could probably do the whole hike in sandals. We only spent about an hour and a half here, but you could really spend all day hiking the trails and hitting the beaches. It's a lovely place.

6  Thank Heather Y
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