province of Syracuse is defined to the North by the Catania’s
Plan, to the East and South by the Ionian Sea and to the West by
the natural barrier of the Iblei Mountains. From North to South
it is bordered by flat plateaux brushed by the edge of the sea forming
the eastern part of Siracusa’s territory.
The coast is a contrast of morphological variety, because the bright
sunlight and its white colour are a foil for the dark eruptive rocks
in the province of Catania. A short stretch of low and sandy beaches
(as far as Agnone Bagni) is followed by the province of Syracuse
(to Avola) as an offshoot of the Iblei Tableau. Stretching to a
lower latitude than the city of Tunis, the coast in the southern
most part is flat and rocky, scattered with “esfodeli”,
“enforbie” and baby palms. In the extreme South, Portopalo’s
beach used to be famous for the eggs of the great Sea Turtles, a
phenomenon that today has been remarkably reduced because of the
development of bathing and tourism. Out to sea in front of Portopalo
lies the small island of Capo Passero .
The short and swift flowing Tellaro and Anapo rivers run from the
Iblei Mountain tops down to the coast. They are embanked in their
middle course because the water wears the limestone away, and has
cut valleys with sheer cliffs. They are known as "cave"
(Cava Grande, Pantalica) but in fact are ravines with an aspect
as imposing as canyons.
Within Syracuse’s territory lie many remarkable areas of great
environmental and natural value, but currently there are only five
protected areas: the Ciane river and Syracuse’s saltpans,
the Vendicari’s oasis, Cassibile’s “Cava Grande”,
Capo Passero island, the Pantalica and Anapo Valley. An attempt
is being made to revive the papyrus plant in the nature reserve
of Ciane-Salina in order to preserve the environmental value of
the humid saltpans’ area that since they have not been active
for some years now have taken on a primary role as a place hosting
The inland and mountain areas suffer a quite cold and rainy winter,
but it is mild along the coast. The summer is very hot and the summer
discomfort often increases when the Scirocco blows: a hot and humid
wind from the Sahara accompanied by a reddish powder.
Porto Palo di Capo Passero
Eremo San Corrado
Laghetti Di Avola
Marina Di Avola
Marina Di Noto
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