The Zingaro Nature Reserve (Riserva naturale dello zingaro) is one of the wildest areas of Sicily, that doesn’t even have a coastal road. Lo Zingaro was Sicily’s first protected area, established as a nature reserve in 1981. The place was inhabited for many centuries by small communities of farmers and by smugglers who used the caves as storage place. The legendary bandit of Montelepre, Giuliano was also known to have hidden out in the territory.
The reserve stretching along for 7km from the village of Scopello to San Vito Lo Capo. It is perfect place for those who wants to find the peaceful deserted oasis and to avoid overcrowded beaches during the summer. The place fascinates by it’s rocky coast with a lot of little bays and steep cliffs that takes you to a crystal clear sea. The place is exclusive by the fauna that the Zingaro Nature Reserve offers: there are a lot of protected animals (Bonelli eagles, buzzards, owls, nightingales, hedgehogs and reptiles etc). Despite the fauna, the flora is quite impressive as well, there are more than 650 plant species. Especially from March to June you can find amazing different kind of orchid flowers.
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