Surroundings

Terrasini

Terrasini is a lovely seaside town located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 30 km west of Palermo and about 4 km from our villa. It is a popular summer destination, known for its beaches, seafood cuisine, and relaxed vibe. Some of the highlights of Terrasini include:

  • Its beaches and coastline – Terrasini has over 5 km of beach with soft white sand and clear blue waters. The coast is lined with beach clubs, bars, and seaside promenades. The major beaches are Praiola, Magaggiari, and Calarossa.
  • Seafood cuisine – As a fishing village, Terrasini is known for its fresh seafood. You can dine on dishes like pasta with tuna, swordfish, shrimp, mussels, and more. Drink it down with a chilled glass of Sicilian white wine.
  • Historical sights – Terrasini has some historical churches like the Chiesa Madre church, and the remains of a watchtower from the 16th century. You can also see the Lavatoio Vecchio, an old public laundry site by a spring.
  • Natural beauty – Around Terrasini, there are scenic natural areas like the Riserva Naturale Orientata Capo Rama with walking trails, and the Parco Ambientale di Monte Catalfano for hiking.
  • Nightlife – After the beach, Terrasini comes alive at night with bars, clubs, cafes, and pubs along the main streets and promenades. You can drink, dance, listen to live music, or just people watch.
  • Family-friendly – With nice beaches, natural scenery, and outdoor activities, Terrasini is an ideal place for families with kids as well. There are playgrounds, events, and a general relaxed vibe.

Capo Rama

Near Terrasini, about 6 km southeast of the town and very close to our Villa (less than 2 km), lies the Capo Rama Nature Reserve, a protected area managed by WWF Italy. It is located within the Capo Rama promontory, a narrow strip of land extending into the Tyrrhenian Sea. The reserve spans 619 hectares, including 480 hectares of sea. It is an important wildlife preserve, especially for birds. Some details about the Capo Rama Nature Reserve:

  • It is home to many bird species, including European shags, Audouin’s gulls, little egrets, peregrine falcons, and Alpine swifts. The rocky cliffs of Capo Rama provide nesting areas for birds.
  • The coastal waters have seagrass meadows and coral reef structures that support marine life like sea bream, sea breams, loggerhead sea turtles, and cetaceans like bottlenose dolphins.
  • On land, the preserve has Mediterranean scrubland with plants such as prickly pear, dwarf palms, wild olive trees and bushy asparagus. You may spot mammals like european badgers, weasels, hedgehogs, and cats.
  • There are several hiking trails in the reserve, including a scenic trail to a lighthouse at the tip of Capo Rama with panoramic sea views. The trails lead through scrubland, cliffs and coastline.
  • The reserve works to protect the environment through activities like promoting sustainable fishing practices, reducing pollution, wildfire prevention, biodiversity monitoring, and environmental education.
  • Parts of the reserve are open to the public for hiking, bird watching, and enjoying the natural scenery. But other ecologically sensitive areas have restricted access to protect wildlife.
  • There are guided tours, especially bird watching tours, available through local organizations and the WWF to explore the Capo Rama Nature Reserve.

The Capo Rama Nature Reserve is a special place to experience the natural beauty and biodiversity of this part of Sicily, just minutes from Terrasini. A perfect eco-friendly destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.