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Mount Cofano

Mount CofanoThe Mount Cofano Reserve is a very evocative place, especially for those who love trekking, nature and a beautiful sea where the ancient seafaring and rural activities still live in total harmony with a protected and unspoiled environment.
Honored with the title of Nature Reserve for its naturalistic, speleological, historical, folkloristic and landscape value, Mount Cofano rises up as a pyramid above the sea, between Custonaci and San Vito Lo Capo.

A lot of places are worth a visit inside the Reserve. On the sides of the mountain, karst caves that have been inhabited until the first half of the 20th Century are an evidence of the human presence since the Paleolithic era, and a beautiful scenario for a living Christmas crib.

Along the path that stands between the perimeter of the mountain and the shore, we meet the San Giovanni Tower (recently restored): part of a complex of Spanish coastal watchtowers. Moreover, the little church of the Crucifix destination of local pilgrimages since a hundred years ago; the homonymous cave with a perfectly triangular entrance, where exhibits of pre-historical civilizations have been found. At the end of this path you can take a bath in one of the wonderful coves, or visit the Cofano watchtower (built in the Sixteenth Century and recently restored) with its peculiar cuneiform plan, next to an ancient Tonnara. It's a two hours walk, but totally worth it.

An inwards path leads to the top of the mountain. The panoramic view on the gulf is absolutely breath-taking still, this route is just for experts, and it's a three hours walk.