Regional Nature Reserve Panarea Island and nearby rocks - Sicily

Regional Nature Reserve Panarea Island and nearby rocks - Sicily

Type of protected area - Where it is located

Typology: Oriented Regional Nature Reserve established with D.A.R.T.A. July 25, 1997 n. 483
Region: Sicily
Province: Messina

The Regional Nature Reserve of the Island of Panarea and neighboring rocks covers an area of ​​283 hectares on the island of the same name and on some neighboring rocks (including Basiluzzo).

Cala Junco - Panarea Island


The island of Panarea, whose eruptive activity dates back to about 500,000 years ago, is what remains of a medium-sized layer-volcano on which numerous small secondary eruptive centers and residues of more or less large stagnation domes have been implanted, which are been partially dismantled by sinking and marine erosion. The paths on the island wind through the scents of the Mediterranean scrub, which finds the lifeblood in the volcanic soil, and among the remains of ancient civilizations, and then look out into the coves that flock to tourists in the summertime. The rest of Panarea is made of rocky walls overlooking the sea, a kingdom of rare birds of prey. Here too, as on the other islands of Sicily, there are endemic plants and rare insects, and still thousands of migrating birds.
Among the rocks bordering the island, Basiluzzo (about 3.5 km north-east), a large exogenous dome of rhyolite formed after overlapping several lava flows, is of singular interest. It has a flat surface of about 3 hectares widely colonized by rosemary bushes, heliotrope, thistles, capers, artemisias, lentisk, euphorbias.

Basiluzzo seen from Panarea

Information for the visit

State Forestry Company of the Sicilian Region
Via Libertà, 97
90143 Palermo (PA)
Tel. 091 6274111

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