Zingaro Nature Reserve
Zingaro Nature Reserve, 7 Km of uncontaminated coast between San Vito Lo Capo and Scopello, crossed by a single trail.
Describing these seven miles of uncontaminated coastline is impossible: the small bays paved with pebbly cobblestones that the undertow rolls into a sea that paints all the green tones must be seen to be appreciated: The pointed rocks that separate these coves, sometimes high on transparent water, sometimes slightly drizzling, with rabbits emerging here and there suddenly, and suddenly disappearing into the bushes; The farmhouses built on the rocks that overlook the swamp. Those who want to immerse themselves in a timeless nature, where past and present blend, must visit the Zingaro Reserve.
It takes all day to see; If you prefer you can visit it by boat but by foot is all another story! As for the sea the only prohibition is to approach the coast no closer than 300 meters.
Zingaro Reserve: flora and fauna
The Zingaro Reserve is to be visited only by foot, nothing must disturb the forty species of birds that nest here (including the Aquila del Bonelli, Poiana, Nibbio, Kestrel) and endemic fauna. Many plants that grow here are rare; The trees that live on the slopes that fall into the reserve are carob trees, olive trees, ash trees, some cork stems; The most frequent plants are euphorbia and lentrisco. Palma Nana is the symbol of this natural reserve, the first kind in Sicily.
The Zingaro Reserve is famous for its sea of intense blue, its silent coves protected by peaks of rocks where the hawk whirls in search of prey, for its limpid seasides and rich in fish and underwater caves. But it's not just this.
In the Zingaro Reserve there are several peaks, reaching an altitude of about one thousand meters, And if the remains of the coast remained the testimonies of the life of eight thousand years ago - the cave of Uzzo - within it is still visible today remains of a much more recent farmer's civilization, which deserves to be remembered. In the Zingaro Reserve there are some olive groves, almond trees, orchards, and also a part of land dedicated to arable land, located around the Borgo Cosenza, about seven hundred meters above sea level; Some of these crops are still active, another part is private and is cultivated by the owners. In both cases, however, traditional cultivation and harvesting methods are applied.
Because this area is called "gypsy" is not known; Of nomads who have lived here there is no news in the historical sources, which instead indicate the presence of a colony of Lombards in the 13th century.
The only advice?
Bring plenty water, cap and small beach umbrellas: the temperature is high, the path is challenging in many ways. There are a dozen coves and underwater caves where you can swim.
Naturalistic Museum within the Zingaro Reserve
The Natural History Museum of the Reserve has been recently placed on the theme "Etnobotanica dello Zingaro" with which are photographed spontaneous plants used in popular medicine according to the local tradition of rural communities belonging to the territory of the RNO of Zingaro.
The photographs are accompanied by texts from the volume "The Population of the Zingaro Oriented Nature Reserve", already published by the same company with the scientific coordination of the Department of Botanical Sciences of the University of Palermo.
The officinal plants that characterize most of this territory are simple creatures that enclose virtues and secrets that are not visible to the simple glimpse, but that the most attentive ones can open a world from which, once entered, it is difficult to escape.
A world that, beyond a health processor, represents the manifestation of perfect forms which only nature can offer.
It is the perfect place for a holiday that is a testament to the discovery of magic places.