The Vendicari Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful places in Sicily, located on the island’s southeast coast. It’s a protected area that offers three different coastal hiking trails and a wide variety of different scenery including coves, beaches, lagoons and marshes that are teaming with different species of wildlife.
The Blue Route covers the northern section of the nature reserve, beginning and ending at some of the best beaches in the whole area. The trail is just over 5.6km and is suitable for most hikers, with a small scramble right at the end of the route.
The Orange Route takes you from the main entrance of the reserve and passes by the Tonnara and Sveva Tower; a 15th-century building that overlooks the beach and the sea. You’ll then walk to Calamosche beach and finish with a moderately tricky climb down stone steps to the sand, offering a beautiful location for swimming or a picnic.
Finally, the Green Route cuts through the centre of the Vendicari Nature Reserve and begins by passing by the ruins of the Cittadella Maccari; an ancient byzantine village from the 6th century A.D. The trail leads you past catacombs to another Byzantine piece of architecture known as the Trigona, before finishing at the Tonnara of Vendicari.