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Tyrrhenian Coast

Villas in north Sicily

Tyrrhenian CoastSan Vito Lo Capo beach lies on the northernmost tip of Trapani province. Comfortable facilities and a splendid seabed, made of shells fragments and bathed by light green water, make it one of the favourite tourist destinations in Sicily.

Zingaro Natural Reserve boasts a pristine and wild scenery as well as a splendid sea. In the surroundings you can find Scopello, a pretty village famous for its Tonnara (tuna fish factory) and its charming high sea-rocks. The coastline is 7 km long and marked by rugged cliffs steeply descending onto the sea, interrupted by small coves of crystal turquoise water. Its beautiful little bays - Cala Disa, Cala del Varo, Cala Marinella - can be reached walking on rough paths immersed in wild vegetation. The most renowned and equipped is Tonnarella Beach.

The coastal stretch between Capo Gallo and Isola delle Femmine (Palermo) has been recently established Marine Reserve (2002). The rocky seabed hosts meadows of Poseidonia oceanica and red gorgonians, where lobsters and dusky perches find their shelter. Orlata delle Corvine (30 mt deep) is the ideal spot to snorkel, but is allowed only to expert skin-divers.

Mondello Beach, 10 km from Palermo's downtown, is Palermitans' favourite spot in the summer. It is worth a visit also for its art-nouveau buildings, dating back to the golden age when Mondello was a fashionable seaside resort, in the early XX century. Further eastward, the maritime town of Cefal├╣ is framed by long sandy beaches and overlooked by its impressive Norman Cathedral. In its surroundings, Mazzaforno beach is a very renowned seaside resort and a landing place since Roman Empire time.

The coast near Capo d'Orlando is rich in inlets, ravines and small bays. Testa di Monaco and San Gregorio's long sandy beaches are worth a stopover. The former can be reached following a trail unfolding through a citrus fruits grove, the latter can boast a tiny marine lake. Last but not least, Tindari owes its fame to its shingle beach, stretching underneath the promontory where the Sanctuary of the miraculous Black Madonna rises. Seven tiny salt lakes are the real attraction of this spot, surrounded as they are by a long strip of sand moulded by maritime streams, and changing their shapes and sizes according to the tides.

Villas in north Sicily

The long white sandy beach of S. Vito lo Capo

The Zingaro Natural Reserve

Mondello Gulf from Monte Pellegrino

Panoramic view of Cefal├╣ and La Rocca

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