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Belìce river mouth and adjacent dunes Nature Reserve

Belìce river mouth and adjacent dunes Nature Reserve Belìce river mouth and adjacent dunes Nature Reserve

The beach that lies in front of Castelvetrano and Menfi looks like desert dunes, and is – in fact – part of the Belìce river mouth Nature Reserve. The area involves a short part of the island’s southern coastline, closer to Africa, with different environments such as sandy dunes, the typical vegetation of the river mouth, and – inwards – the typical evergreen Mediterranean shrub.

The Belìce river crosses the Reserve and flows into the sea with an estuary mouth rich in flora and fauna. Sandy dunes shaped by the wind, sea daffodils, cyperus, yellow poppies and other typical marsh vegetation create a very fascinating scenario. Among the animal species, we can mention beetles and the loggerhead sea turtle, that comes to this beach to lay its eggs. A wide number of birds stop here during their long journeys – such as herons, kingfishers, European rollers, anthropods and many more.

A walk by feet along the ancient railway that once connected Castelvetrano to Agrigento, in the northern part of the Reserve, is really not to be missed!