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The Natural Reserve of Lo Zingaro in Sicily

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The Capreria in Lo Zaino

After a day and a half of navigation on the Costa neoRiviera, it was finally time to touch the mainland and make one of the excursions scheduled on the trip.

Around 7 in the morning the ship was entering Porto Empedocle, a small town in the municipality of Agrigento, located in the southwest of Sicily.

We got off the ship and looked behind my back. The neoRiviera looked like Goliath in that little port. A giant who has lost his way and needs to rest on an island full of Lilliputian ships. With this curious picture on the retina I got on the bus that would take us to the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro.

The journey from Porto Empedocle takes approximately 2 hours until you take the exit of Castellammare del Golfo and you access the nature reserve through the entrance of Scopello.

Castellammare del golfo, where we ate after the excursion

Lo Zingaro combines beach and mountain fauna and flora. Blue, green and brown. The way to enjoy it all depends on each one. In the information booth - which also acts as a box office (you have to pay 5 Euros to enter the park) - you can get a small map that informs you of the roads you can explore. There are all kinds. The lightest and pleasurable runs along the coast but there is also a mountain for those who wish to crush a little before enjoying a well-deserved bath in those waters of impossible shades.

We did not have enough time or courage to take the path that was lost in the mountain ledge that opened to our left. I thought it was a shame not to be able to contemplate that rugged coastline from above. The mountains - even the small ones, like these - exert a powerful magnetism on me. The physical wear, the greater proximity to nature and the prize of the views from its summits are the reasons why it is so hard for me to resist them. And I don't speak only of my walks in the Andes, Himalayas, Pyrenees or the rounded and sweet mountains of Mozambique. Any elevation over the sea is worth it. I am that simple. Easy to please

After five minutes of walking we leave a pinnic area on our right, just a few meters from a small rocky fall to the sea. Five more minutes and we reached a interpretation Center where you can learn a little more about the fauna and flora of the park in addition to buying products in wood or wicker, made by local artisans.

Typical landscape of the reserve

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