The program of the day includes an excursion inside the Vendicari Nature Reserve. This is one of the first and very few “fully protected” natural reserves in Sicily. The Vendicari area is also quite special for ornithologists, since various bird species stop there during their migration or even reproduce in the reserve. The area is not only suitable for trekking itineraries or bird-watching, in fact when the African sun is warm enough it is possible to go for a swim even during the winter. You can visit and walk around the reserve all year round, but the best time to do so is in spring, when you can smell the scented thyme in blossom and the birds are passing by during their migration. A beautiful path goes along the coast, between the sea and the great marshes, fed by brackish or fresh water ( spring or rainwater). Not to miss a visit to the old tuna fishery, that reminds us of an Hellenistic building, and the Spanish defensive tower.
Included: Transfer Service and naturalistic guide.
Informations and suggestions
It is important to be equipped with trekking shoes or at least good sport shoes, a rucksack, a wind jacket and a change of clothes.
Vendicari Nature Reserve
The Fully Protected Natural Reserve and Wildlife oasis of Vendicari is located in the Siracusa province, more precisely between the towns of Noto and Marzamemi. The site is particularly important for its marshes that serve as a resting place in the migration of birds. Consequently to the law of May 1981 by the Sicilian Region, the Reserve has been officially instituted in 1984, and declared “a wetland of international importance”, according to the Ramsar Convention of 1971. The reserve is a coastal wetland area of high biological value because of the presence of various naturalistic sites: rocky coast, sandy coast, Mediterranean bush, swamps (with both salty or freshwater) salt pans, scrublands and cultivated areas.