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TRAPANI EXCURSIONS

THE NATURAL AREAS IN TRAPANI DISTRICT

Trapani province is the area located furthest west in Sicliy and is known for its characteristic landscape and for its history, entangled with Phoenician-Carthaginian culture, that still reflects in man’s activity there and its gastronomical delicacies. From the south to the north between the Mediterranean and the Tirrenean, the Trapanese area boasts a long limestone mountain range in the northern area which juts out over the splendid sea, with curved sandy beach bays, then amidst geometrically set out vineyards in clay-soil valleys and ancient human settlements set among the incomparably beautiful scenery of the highlands. While the southern part of the Trapanese area stretches out towards the sea with vast flatlands, studded with wetlands immersed in olive groves, while the large lagoon which faces both Trapani and Marsala is known for its islands such as Mozia of Phoenician times and the ‘truly natural paradise’ Isola Lunga. Evocative sunsets, finally create a daily natural performance which can be watched from the ancient saltmills, natural habitats for pink flamingoes, herons and wild ducks.


THE “ZINGARO” NATURE RESERVE
Castellammare del Golfo – San Vito Lo Capo

Sicily’s first nature reserve. Clear blue sea while the trails are set in the Mediterranean scenery that will allow us to discover an extremely varied landscape and biodiversity.

Level of difficulty: Medium
Climbing on foot: 300 metres
Descending on foot: 300 metres
Time required on foot: about 6 hours

Recommended time of year: from April to June and From September to October.

Excursion days:
Tuesdays and Thursdays



MONTE COFANO NATURE RESERVE
Custonaci

This is a protected area made up from a Dolomite limestone promontory jutting out over the sea. This coastal trail is considered to be of important naturalistic value, for the presence of some endemic species, but it is also interesting from a geological and paleontological point of view.

Level of difficulty: medium
Climbing on foot: 250 metres
Descending on foot: 250 metres
Time required on foot: about 4 hours

Recommended time of year: From April to June and from September to October.

Excursion days:
Wednesdays



ISOLA LUNGA
Stagnone di Marsala

Set in the splendid scenery of the largest salt marsh lagoon in Sicily, Marsala’s Stagnone Island nature reserve. The itinerary will allow us to discover Isola Lunga amidst saltmills, flamingoes and salicornia plants.

Recommended time of year: From April to June and from September to October.

Excursionist days:
Fridays



MAZARESE WETLANDS
Mazara del Vallo - Campobello di Mazara

Ideal itineraries for birdwatching, to observe and recognize both stationary and migratory avifauna, amidst natural lakes and salt marshes.

Recommended time of year: From April to June and from September to October.

Excursion days:
Saturdays



VALLE DEL CASTELLO DELLA PIETRA E FOCE DEL FIUME BELICE
Castelvetrano – Menfi

The excursion features the last typical valleys of lower Belice, which has kept its characteristic flora and fauna, and a stretch of coast characterized by dunes and swampland habitats of the River Belice estuary

Recommended time of year: From April to June and from September to October.

Excursionist days:
Sundays

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