Riserva Naturale Orientata Oasi Faunistica di Vendicari

Vendicari is a nature reserve in the South East of Sicily, near to Noto and Siracusa, which was created in 1984 and is well looked after, although tread carefully on the wooden walkways as the wooden planks can sometimes be a little loose or rotting away. The reserve is tranquil and a nature lovers delight. It offers many activities throughout the year and so attracts many visitors, especially in the summer months when the majority of people go there for the beaches. Although, beware the summer months as you have to walk a wee while to get to them and there is little shade once you are there. At Calamosche, my favourite beach in the reserve, the water is so clear that you can see the fish swimming around your ankles. Set in a cove it is a great place to soak up the sun then cool off with a swim or you can take a gentle stroll out in the sea as it is relatively shallow for quite some distance.
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If you are more of an active person and want to do more than merely sunbathe then there is a nice coastal path that will take you from one end of the reserve to the other.Trails in VendicariThis path takes you past archaeological sites; old salt pans which now act as an important wetland site for a variety of birds including flamingos and the common spoonbill; and an old tuna processing factory. There are a number of bird observation points along the way, although you are more likely to see flamingos in the autumn months.Torre SvevaBird Observation CabinCoastal pathThe nature reserve is open all year round; go outside of the popular summer months and it is possible that you will have the reserve to yourself. In spring there are an abundance of wild flowers, herbs and sand-loving plants including wild orchids, poppies, thyme, juniper and rosemary.Wild OrchidMediterranean vegetation

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