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Vendicari Nature Reserve

Vendicari Nature Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

1. Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable air-conditioned transportation from Catania. The first stop will be the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, the most important wildlife oasis in Italy. Discover the beautiful beaches of fine sand and large saltwater marshes. Also, try to spot migratory birds and plant species that grow on the dunes and cliffs. The day continues with a stop in Marzamemi, a small fishing village looking out over the Ionian Sea. Visit the ruins of the Tonnara, an ancient structure used to catch tuna. Be delighted by a profusion of colors, flowers, old buildings and one photogenic spot after the other. Finally, visit Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque. Get lost in its charming squares and marvel at its churches, buildings, facades and balconies all heavily adorned in the traditional style.

From Siracusa: Vendicari Nature Reserve Guided Tour

2. From Siracusa: Vendicari Nature Reserve Guided Tour

After leaving the meeting place, we will drive to Vendicari reserve. The guide will give you some information about the special wetland environment and about the birds of the reserve (over 250 different species), with proper spotting scope. We will walk along an easy path to get to the beach where the guide will describe you the characteristic vegetation. We will reach the suggestive Tuna factory and the Aragonese tower, there the transfer R/T, guided tour with hiking guide, walking poles use of birdwatching gear guide will get you known interesting information about their history and how tuna fishery worked. Swimming break and transfer back to Siracusa.

Noto: Guided trekking and birdwatching at Vendicari Reserve

3. Noto: Guided trekking and birdwatching at Vendicari Reserve

Defined as the hotel of the birds, Vendicari is today one of the most frequented natural reserves by migratory birds in Europe and its importance, from a naturalistic point of view, is recognized internationally. Walking along its paths you will be able to observe a great biodiversity of plants typical of the Mediterranean maquisamong which the carob, the wild olive, the myrtle and the "Juniperus coccolone" that, in some places, reaches monumental dimensions. Along this naturalistic path you can visit, after having crossed the big quagmire, the ancient Swabian tower built between the end of the three hundred and the beginning of the four hundred; the tuna trap, of which remain substantial structures; the salt pans, today a place frequented by countless migratory and sedentary birds. In the vicinity of the trap you will also find a plant for processing fish, characterized by tanks for the production of "garum", a typical sauce used by the Greeks and Romans to season food. In short, you will live an experience that will allow you to visit a truly unique place.

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What people are saying about Vendicari Nature Reserve

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3.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the beautiful nature reserve. Our guide Frederico was excellent explaining about the unique habitat and the bird species that inhabit the area and why it is so important for them. The history of the coastline is also very interesting and our guide was able to show us things we wouldn't have seen otherwise. His expertise enhanced the visit enormously. A point to be aware of is how hot doing the walk during the summer can be, without much available shade, so a hat and plenty of drinking water is essential. There is an option to have a swim if you wish to do so whilst there. The excursion is good value for money and the pick-up, drop-off was easy and efficient.