Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Discovering Plemmirio. Capo Murro di Porco.

A birthday weekend last month was the perfect excuse to embark on a local Sicilian adventure.  It had been over year since we'd been able to go exploring, so planning this weekend felt extra special. 

My destination of choice was the area of Siracusa. But not the ancient-cultural Siracusa that I already know so well. For this trip I wanted to discover natural Siracusa. Getting outside. Walking. Rivers. Canoes. Birds. Pristine beaches. Oh yes! Siracusa has all that good stuff, too!

Our first outing was to the the Area Marina Protetta di Plemmirio. The coastal reserve is on a peninsula just south of Siracusa. 

There are lots of different beaches and points of interest within the reserve. We drove around and followed the signage, stopping to explore at several spots. 

The first stop was the lighthouse, or faro in Italian. Something about the peeling white washed walls of the abandoned lighthouse and stone building next to it fit perfectly with the landscape of rough, white rocks, brushy bushes and prickly pear cacti. 

Lighthouse of Capo Murro di Porco
Going for a walk in the Riserva Naturale del Plemmirio Nature Reserve

We wandered down the trail and then hopped across the rocks until we could get a good look at the water. 

Rocky cliffy beach at Capo Murro di Porco. Supposedly great scuba diving here!

No swimming here! But a beautiful site nonetheless.

We took our time walking back. Lingering near the cliffs. Examining the ruins. Admiring the cacti.

Breathe. Release. Recharge.

Let the adventure continue!