The Stagnone Reserve is a lagoon that includes four islands: Mozia, Isola Lunga, Schola and Santa Maria

On the western coast of Sicily, north of Marsala, there is one of the most fascinating and loved natural corners of the island: the Stagnone Islands Nature Reserve .
Established by the Sicilian Region in 1984, to safeguard an extraordinary natural habitat, where very rare botanical and faunal species live, the Reserve is a large lagoon surrounded by spectacular salt marshes where you can breathe a thousand-year history.
Monumental piles of salt, choreographic windmills and enormous mirrors of salt water create the perfect setting for unforgettable sunsets.

In its two thousand hectares, between Capo Lilibeo and Punta San Teodoro, there are the small private islands of Schola and Santa Maria , San Pantaleo , where the Phoenicians founded the city of Mozia and the Isola Grande or Longa, a true natural barrier that separates the lagoon waters from the sea.
A destination that cannot be missing from the list of places to visit, just an hour from San Vito Lo Capo , which will make your holiday in Sicily unforgettable.

If you are looking for a romantic place for your aperitifs at sunset, the Mozia pier is certainly the perfect place.
The archipelago of the Stagnone islands is the largest lagoon in Sicily, a true paradise for many plant and animal species.

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Its shallow and brackish waters are perfect for red mullet, sea bream, sea bream, sea bass and octopus which are found there in large numbers, but are also perfect for many species of migratory birds such as black-winged stilts, wild ducks, herons and pink flamingos, which stop peacefully there before reaching Africa.
The temperature of the water is also particularly suitable for the survival of some precious botanical species such as Limonium and Calendula maritima.

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What to see in the Stagnone lagoon of Marsala

Of the city founded by the Phoenicians about 3000 years ago, many remains remain on the small island of San Pantaleo, commonly called Mozia, a true open-air museum. It was Giuseppe Withaker who brought to light the ancient commercial centre, one of the most important in the Mediterranean. In his house, transformed into an Archaeological Museum, you can admire not only the most significant finds from the excavations on the island, but also the beautiful and mysterious statue of the Charioteer.
Going around the island completely to discover the various areas of the ancient city (Tofet, Kothon, Necropolis...) is an incredible experience also for the beauty of the landscape.

Saline Museum Ettore Infersa
Right at the entrance to the pier is one of the oldest mills in the lagoon, the Ettore Infersa salt mill. Here, salt is still extracted from sea water following traditional techniques.
If you are in these parts in July or August you can even participate in the harvesting of the fleur de sel.
To visit the Ettore Infersa Mill:

The lagoon, queen of sunsets

It's not often that you find yourself in a place where nature and the works of man blend perfectly to make you experience a special moment. In the Stagnone lagoon the sun settles on the profile of the Egadi islands and invades the salt basins with its dazzling colors, while the silhouettes of the windmills stand out on the horizon...

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Sunset aperitif at the landing stage for Mozia
Sunset on a boat

Sports at the Stagnone

Famous for its constant winds, Lo Stagnone is the ideal destination for kite and windsurf lovers.
You can learn to surf with one of the many courses that take place throughout the year:

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