Along the provincial street which from Noto leads to Pachino, we encounter the “Vendicari Faunistic Oasis“,
Oriented Natural Reserve,
designated as a natural reserve on the 9th July 1978
by Institutional decree of the Sicilian Region.
With its beaches, cliffs, small bays and ponds,
Vendicari Nature reserve is one of the best preserve wet areas of Sicily.
It extends from the river Tellaro for 8 Km along the coast trail
going from Eloro to Contrada San Lorenzo,
with a global extension of 1,500 hectares,
supervised by Forest Ranger of which 500 belong to the forest domain.
The Vendicari Oasis includes some ponds of the Reserve,
(the Roveto, the Grande and the piccolo pond)
and the island of Vendicari
where the fauna is very interesting.
From apposite cabins,
the visitors can easily admire hundreds of water-bird species,
many of which are migrant birds like flamingos,
royal swans, herons, seagulls, cormorans, small wading birds and ducks.
Here the vegetations is exceptional,
considering the varied environmental situation of the ground,
damp and salinity,
which characterize the typical Mediterranean undergrowth,
likethe small palm-tree, myrtle, juniper,
mastic and many others.
the sea along the coast has been safe guarded by the Sicilian Region,
and designated as a natural protected area.
Diving into the warm and uncontaminated waters of the oasis,
just with mask and flippers,
we can admire the unspoiled calcareous stone depths and the white fine sand,
which create a real corner of a natural tropical paradise.
The reserve has been equipped with specific routes in order to show the visitors
its many artistic-historical ruins,
the remains of an old tuna-fish factory dating back to the 18th-century;
a Swabian tower, and finally,
the ruins of four byzantine churches (IV century),
of which the Trigona is the most beautiful and best preserved one.