Capo Murro di Porco and La Penisola della Maddalena (Plemmirio) (Natural Reserve)
To the south of Siracusa there is a worthwhile triptych of great landscape and nature: we are on the Peninsula of The Maddalena that plunges, with walls about 50 meters high, with its top (Murro di Porco) on the splendid sea of Plemmirio, famous for its stupendous seabed. Interested divers will see many caves.
In Plemmirio, very deep down, you find the largest shells in the Mediterranean along with captain corellis and some large groupers.
Inoltre l’intensa attività tettonica ha prodotto notevoli fenditure particolarmente in prossimità di Murro di Porco dove l’infrangersi delle onde per effetto idropneumatico determina a terra spettacolari spruzzi d’acqua simili ai “geygers”.
But what is most striking about this magnificent place is certainly the “scornful” contrast between the high cliffs of the peninsula and the sea, and the coast, which alternates between low, high and jagged.
In addition, the presence of man is quite evident, comprising an arc of time spanning from prehistory to our present time today.
Above all, the extraordinary presence of artifacts in the bottom of the sea, still being brought up, are real archeological deposits of anchors, boats, various pieces…that remind us of the powerful, ancient splendor of Siracusa, the capital of the Mediterranean in the 5th century BC.
In the wetland and brackish marsh not far away, which at one time was salty, you can see pink flamingoes during the spring and fall (foto).