Between Marzameni and the beautiful town of Noto, in Sicily, there is the Oriented Nature Reserve – Faunistic Oasis of Vendicari: it is a natural area, where the undisputed nature rules with its various landscapes which range from the beaches, to the salt pans, up to the wide freshwaters areas.

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Discovering Vendicari: the blue path

Vendicari, with its 15.000 hectares, represents one of the most beautiful oasis in the whole Europe, where plant and faunistic species of precious value take shelter: among juniper and mastic trees, it is not rare to spot foxes, coral snakes and stoats. But it is the birds that rule the roost: birdwatching lovers will have the possibility to admire here cormorants, herons, and graceful flamingos that turn pink the salt pans of the oasis.

The park offers the visitors three paths, perfect for walking or cycling.

The blue path allows you to discover the beach of Eloro, named after the homonymous Greek city, whose vestiges are still visible, among which there are the ruins of Villa del Tellaro, dating back to the late-imperial age. The itinerary includes a visit also to the beautiful beaches of Marianelli, wild with almond groves and dunes, and Calamosche, declared “the most beautiful beach in Italy” in 2005.

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The orange and the green paths

The green itinerary is dedicated to the local archaeological history, since, walking along it, you will get to visit the iconic tonnara of Vendicari, whose chimney and fishermen’s houses are still there: the Arabian building became operative in the XVII century and was used for the tunas’ and mackerels’ fishery, up to suspension of the activities during the Second World War.

There is also the orange itinerary, along which, in addition to the cabins for watching the water birds, it is possible to visit the beautiful beach of Vendicari, whose fundal is abundant in posidonia: it is a really picturesque beach, with the islet of the coast, the tonnara in the distance and the close XV century Swabian Tower.

After having discovered the Oriented Nature Reserve – Faunistic Oasis of Vendicari, with the rental car, booked thanks to the service offered by Acarent, it is possible to reach the close village of fishermen of Marzameni: it seems to be a town suspended in time and recalls, with its Piazza Regina Margherita, the Greek Cycladic architecture.

Marzameni is a triumph of alleyways, such as Villadorata, that connects the main square to the Balata, picturesque harbour where the typical Scieri boats are moored.