I haven’t written much about my trip to Sicily this summer, though I have lots of Sicily posts from last year’s trip. It’s also a special torture for me to write this as the first snow is hitting the ground here in Milan.
Last year, there were many wildfires and so we were unable to go to one of the most beautiful spots on the Sicilian coast, Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve.
Lo Zingaro is on the Castellammare coast and has 7km of coastline which is all unaccessible via roads. Some of the beaches are only accessible via the water, or perhaps in another way like you can see below: by horse.
We had left our horses in our other pants, so we decided to make our way to the first beach, more than 1 kilometer away, on foot. Walking through the tunnel towards the beach. Inside the tunnel there was a traditional Sicilian cart but it was too dark to get a good picture of it.
There are some beautiful views on the walk, especially of the Castellammare coast. In the background, on the other side of those mountains is Palermo.
Getting closer to the closest inlet after the reserve entrance, Cala della Capreria.
A view of Cala della Capreria from above. The place was packed full of people, but it didn’t matter much seeing as how you were in the water most of the time.
If you’re thinking of going to Lo Zingaro, I recommend getting there as early as possible as they often shut down the entrance if there are too many people admitted. Also, if there are high winds or wildfires, they may also stop admitting people for safety reasons (as it happened last year). Wear some decent shoes as you’ll be trekking over a little bit of terrain and definitely bring water and something to eat as there are no services inside the reserve.
There is a small fee to enter.
The Official Lo Zingaro site (in Italian) www.riservazingaro.it and some information in English from the Comune di San Vito website.
Thanks so much for the tour Sara!! Beautiful photos.
Joan Nova says
great photos….makes me long to pack my suitcase!
We are headed to Sicily on Thursday! I can’t wait. Although, it will def not be beach weather– Rather we are hoping to take the kids sledding on Mount Etna!
nyc/caribbean ragazza says
bellissima. I hope to make it to Sicily soon.
gorgeous photos! I’ve never been to italy and i can’t wait to go someday
Your photos are stunning! Complimenti. I particularly like the perspective you get from photo #2.
Keep on keeping on. Your blog is wonderful.
Hi Sara, may I please move into the bottom photo there?
Gabi @ mamaliga says
What strikes me in the photos (except the top one) is the absence of trees.
Is Sicily considered Mediterranean climate?
michelle of bleeding espresso says
So pretty! All the blues are amazing :)
Marc @ NoRecipes says
Wow gorgeous photos. That water looks incredibly enticing!
Thanks Sara for sharing this beautiful post…funny how they seem to warm you up!! :-)
Heidi / Savory Tv says
Absolutely gorgeous! Thank for the review, I cannot wait to visit!
Caroline Dewey says
Hi Sara. Hello ITALY! My father Ken Freiburger was stationed near Castellemare Del Golfo in WWII. A woman he cared about was there. That area and the Nature Reserve, Zingaro, are exquisite! My heart is in Sicily! I love you. Dedicated to Ken’s grandson.
-Caroline Dewey, of Fort Wayne, Indiana USA