Cala Mosche beach
The beach of Calamosche is located in the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, on the east coast of Sicily between Noto and Marzamemi, 43 km from Syracuse. It is certainly the most charming beach of the reserve and one of the most beautiful in Sicily. Characterized by a small bay limited by two rocky headlands rich in caves and natural bays, the cove fascinates with its crystalline sea and the surrounding landscape. The beach is not very crowded and is ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean nature and its pristine waters.
It is important to know that to reach the cove you have to walk inside the reserve for about 1 km, from the parking area equipped with a bar and showers. The path is comfortable and, if you go during the less warm hours of the day, it is not tiring. Having calm waters and being sheltered from the wind, it is ideal for snorkeling. In 2005, the Blue Guide of Legambiente has awarded her the title of most beautiful beach in Italy.
The Nature Reserve of Vendicari
Extended for an area of about 1.512 hectares and for 8 km along the coast of Noto and Pachino, the Nature Reserve of Vendicari is home to a pristine ecosystem full of Mediterranean plants and migratory birds, such as herons, flamingos and storks. These characteristics make it the ideal place for snorkeling, bird watching and hiking. A luxuriant vegetation, breathtaking landscapes, a crystal sea and golden beaches alternate with rocky cliffs and frame the paths that wind through the oasis. Inside the reserve you can visit the archaeological remains of buildings dating back to different historical periods. The stone quarries of the ancient Greek city of Eloro, dating back to the 5th century BC. Then, the “Citadella dei Maccari”, formed by the Trigona, a Byzantine church, and by catacombs dating back to the same period. Moreover, the Sveva Tower, a 15th-century fortification located on the shore of Vendicari, which served as a defense to the port activities of the place. And finally, the Tonnara of Vendicari, an important example of industrial archeology. Dating back to the 18th century, the structure remained active until the first half of the 20th century and is today the symbol of the flourishing tuna trade, which was very widespread in this area. The Reserve offers some of the most striking and uncontaminated beaches of the entire Ionian coast: Eloro located in the north of the Reserve next to the remains of its necropolis, Marianelli the most secluded for those who love peace, and the beaches of Calamosche, Vendicari and San Lorenzo, famous for their crystal sea.