Saved from development by local protests, the tranquil Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro was established in 1981 as Sicily's first nature preserve. It has become the star attraction on the gulf, drawing an ever-growing number of nature-lovers and outdoors enthusiasts, both Italian and foreign.
The reserve is a hiker's paradise and a haven for wildlife, including the rare Bonelli’s eagle and 40 other bird species. Wild carob and bright yellow euphorbia dust the hillsides, along with 700 other species of Mediterranean flora – some unique to this stretch of coast – while hidden coves such as Marinella Bay provide tranquil swimming spots.
The park's main entrance is 2km north of Scopello, with a secondary entrance 12km south of San Vito Lo Capo.