Windswept and weather-beaten, Lo Zingaro has been shaped by nature to stunning effect. Cliffs drop precipitously into the azure sea, mountainsides rise steeply up to heights of 1,000m, and delightful pebbly coves are lapped by transparent turquoise waters as lovely as you’ll find anywhere in the Mediterranean. Established as a nature reserve in 1981, the Zingaro is Sicily’s first protected area. In the past, it was home to small farming villages as well as smugglers and traffickers who used its many caves to store their goods. Today, the reserve is one of the most popular places in Sicily to admire superb panoramic views over the sea and to alternate hiking and swimming breaks in beautiful coves.