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Outdoor enthusiasts won't want to miss the Zingaro Nature Reserve. Stretching for more than 4 miles along the Gulf of Castellammare on Sicily's northwestern tip, the reserve has been left largely untouched by human hands since it was established in 1981. The reserve offers spectacular ocean views, many lovely bays, small beaches and plentiful hiking among abundant flora and fauna.

Past visitors said the area is great for snorkeling and intermediate hikes, and highly recommend its beautiful beaches. Others suggested wearing comfortable shoes and bringing plenty of water and snacks.

Zingaro Nature Reserve is located between San Vito Lo Capo and Scopello. There are two entrances, one located at the northern end and one located at the southern end. It is most easily reached by car. The reserve is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and entrance cost 5 euros (about $5.60) for adults. For more information, visit the official website.

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