Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, 4.3.12

The Mediterranean Sea is so blue.  Synonyms for blue include: azure, beryl, cerulean, cobalt, indigo, navy, sapphire, teal, turquoise, ultramarine.  All of these apply.

On our way to the nature reserve, we pulled off at a beach in Castellammare del Golfo.  The beach was deserted, so we had pristine views of the water.

The Zingaro was Sicily’s first nature reserve.  We hiked at a leisurely pace for about two hours.  The wildflowers were blooming and the air was perfumed with their scent and the fresh sea air.  We walked down to a small cove with a rocky beach, but we were so focused on the beauty (and resting) that we forgot to take pictures.

We took many pictures of these guys, who I believe are Sicilian wall lizards:

The tranquility of this nature reserve is priceless.  A great contrast to the energy and insanity of Palermo.  If you visit Sicily, I highly recommend stopping at Zingaro.

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