VENDICARI & MARZAMEMI, “TONNARE” COAST TO COAST
VENDICARI & MARZAMEMI - East Sicily
Marzamemi is an enchanting little fisher village with the rests of a tuna trap, the “Tonnara”. From the main square the Tonnara welcomes a great view of the sea. This visit is a walk through Vendicari Nature Reserve, a marsh area important for migratory birds. The reserve has also many ancient ruins like a medieval tower, a Tonnara and a Salina (sea salt plant).
• Pick up at the place and time previously agreed with the customers.
• Visit to the northern part of the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, patrimony of the UNESCO. From the beach of Eloro, close to the rests of the ancient Greek city, you’ll reach the beach of Calamosche, one of the most beautiful in Sicily. This reserve is precious for the archaeological remains dating back to the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Spanish ages that demonstrate the importance of this area for people who inhabited Sicily back then. Along the way you will look at the ancient salt mines, the miner’s home, the “big” marsh and the “small” one with many rare birds that live there; the remains of the Greco-Roman and of the recent tuna traps, the Elorina way with the traces of Greek wagons, till the old police station from which you can enjoy an amazing view from Avola to Portopalo.
• Lunch in Marzamemi.
• Visit to Marzamemi, typical and charming fishing village, with its small port that creates a fascinating atmosphere. Location of numerous films, every summer Marzamemi is the theatre of a cinematografic festival, the “Festival del Cinema di Frontiera”. Marzamemi developed thanks to the construction of a tuna trap, one of the largest in Sicily that up to ‘900 was the main economic source of the village. Today the trap is no longer active. The adjoining church still exists, the houses of fishers have now been recovered and turned into summer residences. The sea is clear and limpid, who loves diving will be enthusiast for the opportunities the sea offers. If you are lucky, you can see the remains of ancient wrecks.
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