On the northwestern coastline of Sicily are two nature reserves where we had to do some hiking in order to get to some beautiful beaches. A hat kept me shaded while hiking and goggles and a snorkel made for some great underwater sightseeing.
We visited Capo Gallo twice and enjoyed both the trails and the water.
Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingero was the first nature reserve to have been established in Sicily and is a completely unspoiled 7-km stretch of coastline with steep mountains sloping to the sea. (The reserve happened because a group of environmentalists got people together to protest the building of a road through the area.)
We only hiked into the first beach area, but were rewarded with beautiful water filled with many kinds of fish.
We were also treated to a trail-side exhibit of bamboo sculptures.