The Vendicari nature reserve is located south of Syracuse, between Noto and Pachino villages. Is one of the best place in Sicily for bird-watching fans, but there's also more to see. Inside the reserve you can find:
- Wonderful beaches (the best is "Calamosche")
- Byzantine catacombs of the fifth century AD
- An old "Tonnara" and a Norman tower
- Archaeological excavations of the ancient Greek city of Eloro
There are 4 entrances to the nature reserve, choose the one that better fit your needs according to your interests:
- Main entrance (not free, tickets 3 euros each): for bird-watching fans, the old "tonnara" and the Vendicari beach
- Entrance "Calamosche": for the beach
- Entrance "Eloro": for the archaeological excavations and the beach
- Entrance "Cittadella": for bird-watching fans, Byzantine catacombs and the beach
Path description - Main entrance
During spring season, this entrance is opened from 7am to 7pm. Leave the car in the parking (fee: from 10am to 4pm, cars and motorbike 3 euros, caravan 6 euros) and.
You'll walk on a wooden walkways; there are a few. We get to and keep walking on the left towards (an old building on the shore used for tuna fishing). During the path, we spot and then cross leading to Calamosche beach and to the Eloro. We just walked a bit around , the and the norman tower before we , toward .
We takefrom the but we have to stop in front of the : is not possible to go further, so we did not reach the catacombs. Next time, we'll enter from the Cittadella entrance.
Overall, we walked for about 7 km.