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Te The "Terrace of the Two Seas" Square -- SCALO MANDRIE is a forced destination for the one who visits the country, both for the natural beauties, and also for the historical and archaeological importance. The morphology of the coast is very particular, and it offers the possibility to choose between beaches or bluffs to the visitor. The archaeological excavations have discovered the rests of tubs turned to the workmanship of the fish to testimony of an ancient human installation whose activity was tied up to the sea. At Scalo Mandrie there is also the square "Terrace of the Two Seas", that further to offer a stupendous sight is also center of the most important summer shows.
THE ISLAND OF CAPO PASSERO is a real naturalistic pearl. It is placed really in front of the beach of Scalo Mandrie, and you enters it through a special service of little ships: some small boat-shuttle take the visitors to Scalo mandrie, near the "Madonnina Stella Maris", and they accompany them on the island to spend their day of relax. In the part of the island in front of the country, there are the stores of an old estabilishment for the working of the tuna, really behind the enchanting beach. In the opposite part the island is instead rocky, offering small caves and natural ravines that, with the reflexes of the sea, has fascinating and suggestive games of light. --
The Island of Capo Passero
The Fotress of Capo passero -- THE FORTRESS OF CAPO PASSERO dominates with its majesty the island of Capo Passero. It was erect in the XIV century during the dominion of the Aragonese ones in Sicily. Its purpose was double: from a side, the Fortress was a tower of sighting of the ships of the Saracen Pirates that infested the Mediterranean with their raids corsairs in that times; and also, it had the function of first outpost of defense. It was really a Saracen piratical raid to destoy it in the 1526, but it was rebuilt then from the city of Noto. In front of the Fortress there is the statue of "Maria of Paradise", keeper of the Sea of Sicily, tall 5 meters and placed on a pedestal of 20 meters.
THE TUNNY-FISHING NETS of Portopalo is one of the most ancient of Sicily and constitutes a splendid example of industrial archaeology. The fishing of the tunas had represented for a long time the hinge of the economy of the inhabitants of the zone since the times when The Greek lived to Capo Passero. Today the establishments for the workmanship of the tunas are not more active but they always represent a particular tourist attraction, last testimony of a by now lost activity (fishing and workmanship of the tuna). To the inside the establishments for the workmanship of the tuna, the great furnace, the stores, the little church of the XVII century are still well visible. --
The ancient Tunny-Fishing Nets of Capo passero
The Island of the Tides -- THE ISLAND OF THE TIDES is around 7 kms from the inhabited center. More than a real island, it is with a big rock-cliff nevertheless very important for the navigation because there the presence of a lighthouse. In this zone there are long beaches with crystalline waters and sights that, for the particular vegetation (typical of the African coasts) and for the presence of sandy dunes, recall to the mind exotic landscapes. The island of the Tides is the preferred zone for who wants to relax himself to direct contact with the nature, away from crowded and noisy places, but it is also the preferred place also for the one who loves to practise surf and windsurf in the winter months, for the favorable climatic conditions.
The beach of CARRATOIS PUNTO RIO is the natural continuation of the beach the island of the Tides. It' a long sandy shore littoral of some kilometer characterized by very fine sand and a little deep sea (it needs to go enough away from the coast to find the tall water), ideal conditions for families with children. The final line of the beach is very known by the tourists and also by the people of the place for the presence of natural heaps of clay that a lot of people like to strew on body. From a few years the presence of equipped kioskes favors the comfort of the swimmers. The sunsets of Carratois are not be missed absolutely. --
The Beach of Carratois Punto Rio
Portopalo of Capo Passero
The Island of Tides
The Beach of Scalo Mandrie
The Fortress of Capo Passero
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