The seven kilometers of coastline that from San Vito Lo Capo arrive at Scopello they are the most fascinated by Western Sicily. Visit with the children Zingaro Nature Reserve it can be a wonderful experience, just follow some tricks and practical advice.
Surely we must consider the age of the children and also the climate, avoid the hottest hours of the day and choose routes that are not too long and difficult; to visit it all, with children, at least 3 hours (one way) are required.
The Gypsy has three types of trails, with the little ones the best to follow is the coastal one, but also part of the one half-way. You will meet beautiful coves, small museums and comfortable picnic areas.
Itinerary with children: North entrance of the Riserva dello Zingaro
A very nice itinerary to do with children is the one that starts from the northern entrance of the Reserve (San Vito Lo Capo side).
From here it is reached in about 20 minutes Cala Tonnarella dell'Uzzo and the Museum of Marine Activities.
Initially the panoramic path is quite simple, for the Museum there is a small difference in height and a ladder set in the rock leads to the enchanting beach.
Important: there are also toilets nearby, adjacent to the museum.
Spent a few hours in the waters of this natural pool, among small fishes of every color (throwing lots of breadcrumbs into the water), we suggest you go back up to the Museum and make a stop to visit it.
Small, but well cared for, the Museum of Marine Activities It will be a nice surprise. The children will be able to discover how tuna fishing took place in ancient times, thanks to a beautiful plastic that reproduces all its characteristics. And then photographic and educational panels.
From here, if you want, you can continue the visit up to Prehistoric Cave of the Uzzo (other 40 minutes).
The sensitivity of the little ones is out of the question, the sight of the majestic Grotta dell'Uzzo will make them fantasize and it will be for them an experience to remember ... the echo of the cave, its scents and its mysterious atmosphere, the reward for the long walk .
Try, then, to discover with your children the many plants that live in the Reserve. Several educational panels along the paths will help you identify the most widespread species of the local flora. The photo, the name and here, by magic, that a nice walk in the middle of nature also becomes a game.
If you are near the south entrance of the Riserva dello Zingaro, on the side of Castellammare del Golfo, you can reach the first little beach in just under 30 minutes. Cala della Capreria, the picnic area and the Naturalistic Museum. Even here you can make good experiences, the small museum keeps perfect reproductions of animals in the area, both mammals and birds. The guardians of the Reserve will be happy to tell the little stories, anecdotes and stories about this enchanting treasure trove of natural beauty on the sea, while in the beach you can enjoy the blue of the sea.
What to bring for children
In addition to the classic suggestions: drinking water, hat, and closed shoes, it is important to give him a small lightweight backpack with sunscreen, rock shoes to use in the coves and maybe a mask.
For this time, no buckets and pallets ... better to walk light!
Useful also could be a small umbrella, even if in the reserve there are several areas of shade under the trees and picnic areas.
Children under 10 years - FREE TICKET
From 11 to 14 years - TICKET 3 €
Adults - 5 €
Near the North entrance there is a small refreshment area (sandwiches, ice cream and soft drinks).