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Nature in Western Sicily

Travel around Sicily discovering the marvels this region, with the greatest expanse of nature reserves in Italy, has to offer.

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Nature in Western Sicily

Alcamo forest

The reserve extends over the summit of Mount Bonifato, 825 m a.s.l., of calcareous origin, overlooking the city of Alcamo. In the area there are many amusements as adventure park and a picnic area....

Belice river

La riserva si estende fra Marinella di Selinunte ed il promontorio di Porto Palo. Comprende il tratto terminale del fiume Belice e le caratteristiche dune(piccoli rilievi di sabbia trasportata e...

Biviere di Gela lake

  Biviere di Gela is the largest coastal lake in Sicily, and one of the main “rest areas” of migratory birds. From a well equipped visitor center branches several nature trails....

Cammarata mountain

The reserve is located between the provinces of Agrigento and Palermo. The area is comprised of hills with limestone rocks from the Mesozoic era such as Mount Gemini (1350 meters), Serra della...

Capo Gallo

  The Capo Gallo Nature Reserve contains Monte Gallo, originally formed of carbonate in the Mesozoic era (225 million years ago) to the middle Eocene (54 and 33.7 million years ago). The...

Capodarso and Imera river

GPS CAPODARSO: 37°29'40.02"N   14° 8'51.43"E A mountain, a bridge and a source, that is: Etna, the Capodarso bridge and the Aretusa fountain in...

Caporama

Sito di grande suggestione. Il promontorio, dove affiorano i ruderi di una torre quattrocentesca, è costituito da rocce calcaree di età mesozoica risalenti a circa 200 milioni di anni fa, che si...

Carburangeli cave

Grotta di Carburangeli The area is protected for its worthy and naturalistic cave. The cavity is found in the carbonate formations of the Quaternario (about 1,800,000 years ago), carved by the...

Conca d'Oro and Oreto river

La Conca d’Oro è la pianura (più o meno) sulla quale si adagia Palermo ed alcuni comuni della sua provincia. Avvolta da monti da entrambi i lati ed attraversata al centro dal fiume Oreto il...

Contrada Scaleri

In the hinterland of Sicily we can find this Natural reserve characterized by the presence of the Karren (picture) a sort of limestone pavements created by the superficial erosion of the evaporitic...

Conza cave

E’ una grotta di origine carsica formatasi al contatto tra i terreni carbonatici mesozoici (circa 200 milioni di anni fa) ed i depositi argillosi. Queste rocce si sono formate da antichi mari...

Egadi islands

L’area protetta delle Egadi ha una superficie di 54.000 ettari, ed è l’area marina protetta più estesa d’Europa creata per tutelare il delicato e complesso sistema submarino presente nei...

Entella

Entella Certainly a wonderful Sicilian archeological landscape experience. At the very least, it is impressive as the seat of an ancient people; the Elymians,that apparently were the survivors of...

Entella cave

In un contesto paesaggistico di altissimo profilo bucolico, tra i più eccelsi in Sicilia, ecco questa grotta carsica particolarmente suggestiva, proprio sotto il pianoro di Entella, sede...

Favara and Granza forest

A real paradise where they grow undisturbed oaks, oaks and oaks and, above all, suggestive secular cork trees among which those of Bosco Granza. The outer areas of the reserve are characterized by the...

Formaggio mountain

The name is due to the fact that something seems to have grated this mountain like a piece of parmesan cheese. In reality the particular shape was caused by wind erosion that also brought to light...

Ganzaria mountain

The Ganzaria mountain is a hill located above the village of San Michele di Ganzaria about 800 meters above sea level, facing part of the southern most part of Mount Erei. It seems that its name...

Genovese cave

Genovese cave Rock carvings of 11,000 years ago, make this grotto spectacular. Images of deer, oxen, horses and human figures with bird’s head masks, all in black and red, are extremely...

Gole del Tiberio

Sono formate dall’incontro del fiume Pollina con le rocce calcaree di questa parte di Sicilia. Dal loro matrimonio sono nate cascate, laghetti e strapiombanti pareti ricche di endemiche specie...