Where sea and wild nature meet – it often happens in Sicily – the result is always something spectacular. If we add a sunset of those you will never forget, the scents of the Mediterranean, crystal clear water ranging from emerald green to cobalt blue, then you understand that you are in a truly unique place.

The Zingaro Reserve is one of the most admired natural gems in Sicily. There, you can experience the sea as it was centuries ago, if not millennia; the work of man lacks almost entirely, except for some rural houses. There is not one coastal road, there are no cars, no noise except the one coming from wind and waves. The preserve was established because of the document signed by thousands of citizens that have prevented the construction of a street connecting directly Scopello to San Vito Lo Capo. Thanks to them, there is only a “face to face” between man and the genista, the olive, holm oak, between the walker and the curious eyes of a fox or a seagull that met by chance on their path.

Walking along the coastal path, from Scopello to San Vito Lo Capo, seven kilometers of wonders of great variety will unfold before us. Our eye will wander among the many enchanting blue bays – Cala Tonnarella dell’Uzzo, Cala dell’Uzzo, Cala Marinella, Cala Berretta, Cala della Disa, Cala del Varo, Cala Capreria – where the delicate colors of the smooth white pebbles alternate to the harshness of the rock. The itineraries are many and all rich of surprises.

Visiting the Zingaro Reserve year after year means discovering new views and details that were not noticed before. Do not miss the views from the halfway path, views that simply cannot be found anywhere else in the world. And then you feel the timeless atmosphere in Bosco di Scardina or Borgo Cusenza, where you would expect to see at any moment a shepherd or a farmer bent by the weight of years. Summarizing, there is the upper trail, among the Aleppo pines and the Mediterranean steppe.


The Zingaro reserve is a small earthly paradise loved by the most obstinate hiker and by those who simply do not want to miss the unique experience of bathing in perfect temperature clear water; it is also loved by those who would like to use a mask to explore the seabed, or even enjoy the warm sun on the tiny beaches, in a wild coast, where man seems almost superfluous.

ph. Paolo Barone

Yet, among the rich flora and fauna of these places, among the dust of the paths and the foam of the sea, it really seems to feel at home …

See also other itineraries: Scopello, San Vito Lo Capo, Marsala and their surroundings