Lo Zingaro has been moulded into shape by nature to create stunning landscapes, with mountainsides rising steeply and below, beautiful pebble beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Walkers and bathers are attracted to the area, so it can be quite busy at times. Ornithologists too fly to the area, in the hope of spotting eagles, peregrine falcons, partridges and various kinds of owl, while if it’s land-based animal life you prefer to see, then be prepared for weasels, hedgehogs, foxes and even the occasional, harmless viper.
Zingaro is located west of Palermo, just beyond Castellammare del Golfo, where the coastline becomes rugged and rocky, but where nature has sculpted wonderful little caves and grottoes in the limestone cliffs. It stretches along the coast for around 7 kilometres, beginning with the lovely little village of Scopello in the east, towards San Vito Lo Capo in the west. This park and its surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful parts of Sicily. But beware; the legendary bandit of Montelepre, Giuliano, was also known to have hidden out in the territory on a number of occasions, so check those caves carefully as you pass.