Wandering through the Zingaro nature reserve is a constant thrill, one cove after another, one discovery after another.
The Zingaro nature reserve is a magical place. Featuring a wide variety of landscapes, from a crystal-clear sea with an unpolluted seabed to rock formations covered in Mediterranean scrub, the reserve is a destination and refuge for a great diversity of fauna, including species that are now rare, such as the Bonelli’s Eagle.
You’ll be left speechless as you walk through the approximately 1650 hectares of reserve, where there’s so much to see and discover and so many possibilities to choose from, not least the 7 km of unspoilt coastline with a series of coves to explore.
The reserve encompasses a coastal area, a hilly area – where there are isolated settlements, such as Borgo Cusenza and the Case di Contrada Sughero – and a mountainous area, whose highest peaks form a ridge that stretches from south-east to north-west, comprising Monti Scardina, Pizzo Passo del Lupo, Monte Speziale, Monte Passo del Lupo and, nearest the sea, Monte Acci.
From these heights, the landscape is not something that can be described, but something to experience in person.
The karst geology that characterises the stretch of coastline in which the reserve is located has generated the numerous fascinating caves in the area, which offer yet another place of natural discovery in this paradise of biodiversity.
Visiting the reserve is a unique experience for all the senses: by following the red earth paths, bordered by dwarf palms, you reach the deep blue sea, whose underwater landscape is a riot of colours, species of fish and algae.
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