Hiking in Sicily – the Zingaro Loop Natural Reserve

Nature and Hiking lovers of the World, when in Sicily, the Zingaro Nature Reserve shall not be missed! 

 

For the second episode of our hiking in Sicily series we speak about a very interesting – and easy to challenge – adventure for those in love with Mediterranean nature and landscapes.

A friend of our blog told us about her experience of hiking in the west coast of Sicily and, particularly, the Zingaro Loop Natural Reserve.

A flowering tequila and two beaches along the hiking path

A flowering tequila and two beaches along the path – hiking in Sicily is an amazing experience

Between Palermo and Trapani, this 7 km walk of astonishing landscapes and pure nature will take you from the tiny little village of Scopello to the more popular San Vito lo Capo and vice versa.
Behind the creation of the reserve lies a beautiful story of unity, solidarity and love for nature.

Hiking in Sicily - view from the coastal path

Hiking in Sicily – view from the coastal path

The reserve was created in 1981 after local politicians tried to build a coastal motorway to link Scopello with San Vito lo Capo. As we can read at the entrance of the reserve and on its website:

Map of the paths in the reserve. Green - coastal path Light brown - middle path Brown - mountain path

Map of the paths in the reserve.
Green – coastal path
Light brown – middle path
Brown – mountain path

“To gain the suspension of the labours and the countermand of finance, from 1974 to 1981 many naturalistic associations protested all together, helped by a massive campaign of the media to awaken the public opinion, and the 18th of May 1989 together with almost three thousand people marched pacifically and symbolically gained possession of the territory.”

 

As shown in the map, there are three possible hiking paths to take. Since the heat and the lack of shade could discourage the bravest of nature lovers, we would suggest to take the first one, the coastal path. First of all because from the top of the rocky cliffs – it can get up to 1,000m – you can truly enjoy an incredible view of the gulf with the coastal mountains and, secondly, because by choosing this path you can have a break, relax  and take a bath in the sea in one of the astonishing natural beaches that distinguish Lo Zingaro.

Hiking in Sicily - coastal views of Scopello and the Natural Reserve

Hiking in Sicily – coastal views of Scopello and the Natural Reserve

Having said this, it is highly recommendable not to stop at the first beach even if it seems marvellous – all of them are so – this is because the laziest hikers would surely stop after only a short time walking, forming a massive crowd at the first couple of beaches of the reserve. Our friend ensures that walking through the path for some more Kilometers towards the centre of the reserve is worth the effort because of less crowded and pristine beaches awaiting for you.

Also, don’t forget to bring comfy shoes, your camera and lots of water!

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