Discover Lo Stagnone, Sicily, a unique landscape characterized by shallow waters, constant wind and breathtaking scenery. The coast line from Marsala to Trapani is characterized by a picturesque landscape of shallow ponds, windmills and white pyramids of salt. The salt pans are particularly worth a visit and offer a truly unique landscape.
You will discover this landscape in Trapani that boasts some of Europe’s oldest salt marshes and is still home to some of the windmills once used to drain water from the basins.
There are two main areas of production, one at Nubia, just south of Trapani, and one at the “Stagnone” (Sicily), the largest lagoon in Italy, a few miles north of Marsala.
The first civilisation to have taken advantage of the ideal conditions of this part of the island – flat, windy and sunny coast – is believed to have been the Phoenicians.
They decided to channel seawater into ponds where it evaporated, and the resulting salt was harvested and then exported throughout the Mediterranean basin. Despite their ancient origins, the salt flats are still being worked using traditional methods.
Midway between Trapani and Marsala, on the banks of the lagoon is a fascinating salt museum located in a 16th century salt worker’s house.
It recounts the different stages involved in collecting salt from the salt pans and displays various specialist tools adapted for its extraction and its harvest including mill gearing and windmill vanes.
This site is also very important for the survival of many biological species; it is one of the rare examples in which the man with his work has contributed to the preservation of nature.
Many migratory birds stay in this little paradise like the pink flamingos. These beautiful, eccentric birds stop and reproduce in Sicily during their migrations.
Their feathers gradually turn pink as an effect of their diet during their stay at the sea salt fields.
The presence of flamingos and other wild birds is the living proof of the success of the WWF sanctuary that protects the area.
What you should not miss:
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset accompanied by a glass of good wine!
The very last sunlight of the day reflecting over the basins, the immaculate white salt and the blue of the sea makes this warm tones landscape look like a wonderful painting. This is the perfect moment for a photo!
Did you know? Lo Stagnone, Sicily, is also the most attended lagoon by kiters in Europe. It’s one of the paradises of world Kite, characterized by shallow waters, constant wind and breathtaking scenery.
Best Times to Visit Sicily
The best time to visit Sicily is from March to June or September to October. These late spring and early fall months offer pleasant temperatures, which are ideal for outdoor activities, beach lazing or hiking.