Vendicari is a nature reserve, an archaeological area, art, industrial archeology, an ecomuseum and beaches.
You will access the reserve from any of the five entrances, you will pass through almond and lemon groves. The sensations you will experience will be both visual and olfactory. The Mediterranean vegetation of Vendicari smells of fennel, rosemary, thyme, oregano, myrtle, wild mint: you will want to dive first into the green and then into the blue of the sea.
Vendicari is a green area dotted with surprising beaches and archaeological remains, along the Ionian Sea, in the extreme south-east of Sicily. Vendicari consist of five brackish wetlands called "Pantani". Vendicari is on the migration routes between Africa and Europe of pink flamingos, herons, storks and many other migratory birds. Some of these birds are also sedentary as well as migratory: you can therefore also observe pink flamingos all year round. Along some paths that flank the Pantani you will find special huts for BirdWatching. You will not only see flamingos and storks in Vendicari, but also shelducks, knights of Italy, coots, Caretta Caretta turtles, foxes, hedgehogs, porcupines, rabbits and hares
And then finally you will try the beaches and the sea: Pizzuta beach, Eloro beach, Marianelli beach, Calamosche beach (“Funnu ri Musca”), Vendicari beach all with crystal clear sea. In all of them you can practice snorkeling. Outside the reserve, towards the south you can dive into the waters of San Lorenzo beach.
The archaeological area is rich in finds from various eras, from prehistoric times to the Greek, Byzantine, Arab, medieval and modern times. In Vendicari you will be able to see: a Necropolis, the remains of the ancient city of Eloro, the Sveva Tower, the Citadel of the Maccari, La Trigona (a Byzantine church), the salt pans, a Tonnara and a modern Ecomuseum.
Casale della Pergola
and Giardino di Limoni
are the ideal eco-friendly accommodations where you can stay while visiting Vendicari.