Itinerary from Alcamo to Riserva Dello Zingaro (Scopello/North Entrance)
Coming from Palermo you can’t but stop in Alcamo in the province of Trapani, where this itinerary starts. Alcamo is the fourth-largest town in the province of Trapani in Sicily, with over 45,000 inhabitants. It is situated at 256 meters over the sea level exactly between Palermo and Trapani at a distance of about 50 kilometres from both. Really famous are the vineyards where red and white wine is produced. The wine called "Alcamo" it’s one of the most appreciated wines in all Sicily.
Its most important hamlet is Alcamo Marina - goo.gl/maps/JA1QmHDmpiJ2 - which is about 6 kilometres from the town centre. Alcamo Marina has got wide sandy beaches, a family-favourite destination. During summer to get some refreshing breeze people drive up to the Santuario Maria SS. Dell’Alto situated within the Alcamo wood, with a great panoramic view - goo.gl/maps/VprkAS5VPzw.
From Alcamo the next cute village on the line is Castellamare del Golfo - goo.gl/maps/6CxYnbP9FoS2. Enjoy a great view of the entire village, its harbor and castle along a a great view of the coast down to Terrasini from this vantage point - goo.gl/maps/tqy22eVx69H2 - on your way to Guidaloca - goo.gl/maps/9cqfBN4U3aK2 - a great stop over for a nice swim into the beautiful water of this pebbles beach.
The next stop after enjoying the beach at Guidaloca would be Scopello - goo.gl/maps/eWoBdWKCWLL2 - very close to the Northern entrance of the Zingaro Natural Reserve. Great views at Scopello are the "Tonnara" ancient building, the small but gorgeous beach and the two faraglioni rocks where everybody likes to have a picture taken, a swim and a boat trip. Not far from here you will actually find the North Entrance of the stunning Zingaro natural reserve - goo.gl/maps/dgVTTN3YeTt. Ample parking for your car can be found outside the entrance of the natural reserve, and fees for parking are included in the 5 euro entry ticket.
Be prepared to walk a lot to reach the different little beaches which will just blow you away. Any sacrifice involved in reaching the several ones, will be repaid by the amazing water color, the beautiful fish you can feed or see under water and the clean air you will breathe there. Just avoid overcrowded periods from July 15 to August 15 unless you choose midweek working days and you are planning to be there early morning to secure a good spot especially on the first reachable beach.
The total trail length from one end to the other end of the natural reserve is up to more than 7km on foot and it’s quite a tough one. Yet the first amazing beach is just 1km away from the entrance, still you would need good trail shoes and a big bottle of water. The rest will be pure enjoyment.
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