This beautiful beach develops on the east coast of Sicily, inside the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, which is located between Noto and Marzamemi, about 43 km from Syracuse.
Marianelli is a quiet pristine beach, immersed in the tranquility and surrounded by lemon and almond trees. Its waters are limpid and crystalline, like those of the other bays of the Nature Reserve of Vendicari. It has shallow waters and a sandy shore alternating with rocky stretches. Thanks to its isolated position, it is very popular mainly among naturists and privacy lovers. It is located north of the reserve, so to reach it you have to walk the entire coast of Eloro (about 300 m) and, past the mouth of the river Tellaro, you have to cross a small rocky promontory.
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.