Western Sicily itinerary between nature and water
In December we went in Sicily for a blog tour organized to discover the Selinunte District, in the west part of Sicily. As we told you in our latest article, it was a great experience to better know this wonderful area. In this article and in the next one I suggest you one of the best itineraries in Sicily for the landscapes and the unspoilt nature.
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Our recommended Sicily itinerary
- Natural Reserve of Torre Salsa
The Reserve’s name, Torre Salsa, comes from an ancient sighting tower (torre is tower in Italian). The arduous nature was a luck for that place, because it preserved the area from the mass tourism. Here you will see little mountains, some streams, old caves and a place that you cannot reach in winter that is called ‘Pantano‘ (i.e. mud). That’s why there is a torrent that overflows, so you can go only when everything would be dry again, normally in summer.
- Natural Reserve Platani River’s mouth
If you drive back for half an hour you will reach another astonishing location where you will be completely surrounded by the unspoilt nature.
This reserve, protected by the Region, has the aim to protect the bird population, the Mediterranean brush and the downs. It’s about 206 hectares and is located in Ribera and Cattolica Eraclea. During your tour, you’ll see 2 kinds of wood: the first one is not native, it was a reforestation done in the ’50s. They planted a pinewood with some Eucaliptus and acacias.
Walking into this relaxing track you will see some typical Mediterranean trees as mastic asparagus, miniature palm, tamarisk e carob tree. The rare vegetation is the one you can see on the downs, protecting them from salt and wind. At the end, you will reach the sea, with shaves of blue and light blue, and light sand, where you can walk or relax yourself thanks to the warm sun.
We hope you enjoy our recommended Sicily itinerary into the nature. Next week we are going to suggest another itinerary to get in touch with the art and culture of this part of the region.
See you next week!