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THE SALMASTRI SWAMPS AND THE ANCIENT SALT MINES OF A NATURAL OASIS BY THE SEA.


NOTO – TORRE VENDICARI NATURE RESERVE

A tour recommended for ‘birdwatching’ fans. The Vendicari nature reserve is a wetland and a passing place for migratory avifauna, which is among the most important in the Mediterranean. The hike sets off from the entrance in a southerly and northerly direction of the reserve, across marked trails which follow the sandy and rocky coast, allowing us to visit the lagoons and some ex-salt wetlands and to recognise the native flora of salty and dune habitats. Furthermore, it will be possible to watch the migratory and stationary fauna through binoculars in special huts, such as wild ducks, herons, pink flamingoes and many other birds. Besides, it’ll be interesting to visit ancient buildings and archeological remains like the old Tuna factories, disused since 1943 because of the war. The Sveva tower, which takes its name from its shape It was actually built during the Spanish domination of the island in the 1300s against pirate raids. The Hellenistic age fish factory which is built from pools carved into stone near the sea, for the preparation of ‘Garum’, a sauce made from leftovers from fish caught.

DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: EASY
CLIMBING: 0
DESCENDING: 0
WALKING TIME: 4 HOURS

TIME OF YEAR RECOMMENDED: FROM SEPTEMBER UNTIL JUNE. Binoculars and telescopes will be supplied by CAMMINASICILIA.

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