The dramatic Sicilian landscape is the cornerstone of its enduring appeal. No matter how many times I visit (and it’s been a lot in the past 30 years), I never cease to marvel at the volcanic Mount Etna, set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. I’m extremely proud of the opportunities our Sicily resort locations present, which allow our clients to get out and truly immerse themselves in the landscape of three famous nature reserves.
Back to Nature in Sicily’s Famous Nature Reserves
The Italian island of Sicily is home to a unique landscape that has enticed and entranced visitors for centuries. From a base around San Vito, Palermo or the baroque southeast, Prestige Holidays can help you explore the stunning biodiversity in three of its best nature reserves.
“For our clients who want to get back to nature in the most spectacular way, there’s nothing more memorable and fulfilling than exploring Sicily’s superb nature reserves.”
While the southeast is renowned for its breathtaking baroque beauty, for me, the landscape is every bit as noteworthy. Vendicari Nature Reserve and Wildlife Oasis has an environment of stunning beaches, wetland ponds filled with pink flamingos and numerous important archaeological sites with the vestiges of Byzantine, Greek and Norman history on display. I can while away hours here, simply wandering along the pristine beaches.
The eighteenth-century Palazzo Failla is high on my list of recommendations for visitors exploring this region. This relaxed, family-run property has every accoutrement you could possibly want, as well as fantastic hospitality.
The northwest part of Sicily is home to the famous Zingaro Nature Reserve. It encompasses the seven kilometres of coastline that runs into the mountains bordering Castellamare del Golfo. The views from the coastal and mountain paths are nothing short of astonishing, and the region’s plant, animal and marine life is abundant. To describe it as an unspoilt paradise is selling it short.
For those looking to explore the marine reserve, I can highly recommend Hotel Ghibli, which is just a few minutes from the beach. This charming hotel is authentic, friendly and run by two brothers who do their utmost to ensure their guests want for nothing. Sicilian hospitality doesn’t get better than this.
Capo Gallo Nature Reserve
This reserve was named for the impressive Mount Gallo massif and its surrounding waters are renowned as one of the premier diving sites on the island; the coastline comprises of sea caves and rocky shores. I often recommend this reserve to clients who enjoy the cultural excitement of staying in nearby Palermo but also want the opportunity get out in the natural landscape.
Top Tip: There’s a picturesque lighthouse that makes for the ideal photo opportunity against the backdrop of the nature reserve.
A stay in the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea situates you in an ideal position to take in the beauty of the Capo Gallo Nature Reserve. The historic hotel overlooks the water and gives off an air of old world luxury. It is renowned as one of the finest on the island and I concur.