Natural areas and nature reserves in the Agrigento region
The varied environmental diversity of the province of Agrigento, alternating natural and agricultural landscapes, the Sicani Mountains and a coastline that still preserves unspoilt corners, blue reservoirs and waterways- albeit modest- surrounded by lush vegetation, allows the presence of an extraordinarily variuos flora of great scientific importance, and a fauna of outstanding interest and deserving the highest protection.
- Island of Lampedusa: managed by Legambiente. Closer to Africa than to Europe, surrounded by a crystal clear sea where it is not uncommon to spot whales and dolphins. It is an egg laying place of sea turtles.
- Monti di Palazzo Adriano e Valle del Sosio – managed by Azienda Foreste Demaniali Regione Siciliana —–tel. 0916274111 ——fax 0916274201 The Sosio river flows in a canyon, surrounded by a dense forest in its natural state. It is home to a rich and varied birdlife.
- Foce del Fiume Platani – managed by Azienda Foreste Demaniali Regione Siciliana Sand dunes and a lush vegetation surround the river banks- stopping place, among others, of black winged stilts.
- Macalube di Aragona – mananged by Legambiente —tel.0922699210 – fax 0922690021– email Rare geological phenomenon, already known in ancient times, consisting of mud volcanoes, a few inches high, from which come out brackish white mud and natural gas.
- Monte Genuardo e Santa Maria del Bosco — managed by Azienda Foreste Demaniali Regione Siciliana This large mountain (m.1.179 high), contains an extensive forest of oaks, inhabited by a very varied and interesting fauna, at the centre of which is the ancient Abbey of Santa Maria del Bosco (16th century)
- Siculiana (Torre Salsa) –managed by WWF An intact coastal environment of rare beauty, with sand dunes and Mediterranean maquis.
- Montallegro (Lago Gorgo) – managed by l.i.p.u. Originated as an artificial lake, it has rapidly taken on the role and the configuration of an ideal place of transit for migration birds between Africa and Europe.
- Monte Cammarata —-managed by Azienda Foreste Demaniali Regione Siciliana The highest peak of the Monti Sicani (m.1.578). Finches and pigeons nest here. Covered largely by forests inhabited by foxes and porcupines,on which fly buzzards and ravens
- Monte San Calogero (Monte Kronio) managed by Azienda Foreste Demaniali Regione Siciliana from its cracks come out warm waters and vapors, used since time immemorial for therapeutic purposes.
- Grutta ciavuli Sant’Angelo Muxaro managed by Legambiente The visit to this natural cave has a speleological interest as well as being worth visiting for its great beauty.