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Zingaro Nature Reserve

#155 of 2,861 things to do in Sicily
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Address: Sicily, Italy
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+39 080 011 6616

Sicily’s first nature reserve is extremely important for the abundance of...

Sicily’s first nature reserve is extremely important for the abundance of rare and endemic plants, local fauna and the spectacular Uzzo Grotto, one of the first human settlements in the area.

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North Entrance with kids!

We were beginning to wonder a little about the reserve when we pulled into the very rough surfaced car park, but felt a little better when we reached the entrance. Kids go free so... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Isla D
County Longford, Ireland
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County Longford, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were beginning to wonder a little about the reserve when we pulled into the very rough surfaced car park, but felt a little better when we reached the entrance. Kids go free so no problem there. We had a buggy with us for the toddler, but could only use it part of the way to the first beach (as... More 

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Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We walked about half the track starting from the south to swim at the second beach. The scenery was stunning and beaches spectacularly refreshing. Whilst the walk wasn't too tough it was quite exposed so make sure you wear sunscreen! And bring thongs/flip flops for the pebbly beaches.

Thank Kristy D
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

We spent two days on the beach at Zingaro. The water is perfectly clear, and refreshing. The 20 minute walk was pretty easy, the only caution is the stairs if it's wet. Sicily is amazing as a whole, but Zingaro is something very special.

Thank Kevin M
Kragujevac, Serbia
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

This was one of the best nature experiences that we have had in Sicily. You should plan to spend a whole day here, because it has 7 great beaches, all different but with the same crystal clear waters and waves... You walk from one beach to another, climbing just a little bit, but it can be exhausting especially on the... More 

2 Thank HezlVederfild
Upstate New York
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

We visited Zingaro on a hot sunny fall day with very high winds (it was the only day that fit our itinerary). In fact it was so windy and the surf was so high that some of the sandy beaches outside the reserve were closed to swimming. So even though most hikers (like us) were wearing their swimsuits, no one... More 

1 Thank QBzzz
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

We had proper hiking maps of Zingaro courtesy of Headwater holidays so in one day you can do a loop of the park and fit in a couple of hours swimming. As it was early September we set off by 9 am and all in all saw amazing scenery in our 18km walk. Still hot so you need to rest... More 

2 Thank janegardner
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

It was way too hot in summer to hike with limited shade and access to cool water. We did have hiking shoes- a necessity- but once on a beach had no comfortable way to get to water over the rocks and the bottom was also rocky. So bring water shoes, water, sunscreen, food, hat and hiking shoes. And the beaches... More 

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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Granted we didn't visit at an ideal time: July, Sunday, 90F+ sun & humidity. Ie: sweaty, crowded, expensive (overflow parking, etc)... Still, this site seems overrated. The 'hike' is more like a walk, very tame -- our 7-yr old daughter (not a pro-hiker) did it--so anyone looking for an off-road experience will be disappointed. The scenery is not that amazing... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

You'll have to walk a little along the rugged coastal paths, but it will be worth every minute. Stunning sea views, wild flowers, craggy cliffs, and pebbly beaches with transparent water.

1 Thank Ghentleman
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Love finding these beaches. Stunning hike to each beach and lovely waters. Can get really crowded, so early or late in the season would be ideal. You have to bring your own water and food, bathrooms not exactly near the beaches so that could be a challenge. But otherwise beautiful beaches.

Thank libbiw2016

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