This experience of Messina and Ganzirri lake will make you learn about the ancient fishing traditions of the nature reserve of the Strait of Messina. The swordfish Sicily fishing, introduced by the Greek colonizers, is still practiced in the Strait of Messina by local fishermen using a special wooden boat: the feluca. The saltwater lake of Ganzirri has special environmental conditions that make it the perfect place for migratory birds to stop along their routes from Africa. For this reason, it is a good spot to birdwatch cormorants, herons and many other specimens in the spring and fall seasons. Here is where traditional mussels farming and clams farming are operated by family businesses. During the day you will make the special experience of going on a traditional boat for a tour sailing the Pantano Grande: you will have the opportunity to meet the local fisherman, il cocciularo, explaining the traditional fishing techniques learnt by his own ancestors.
“Can’t wait to have you as our guests in Messina, Sicily. Enjoy the natural frame that surrounds the Strait of Messina and the relaxing atmosphere of the Lakes of Ganzirri. During a boat trip, accompanied by local fishermen, you would have an opportunity to learn the Sicilian dialect with them!”
Ganzirri is a mariner town located not so far from Capo Peloro, the north-eastern limit of Sicily, and it is part of the nature reserve “Lagoon of Cape Peloro”. Here you can live the experience of the clams and mussles farming that is organized in the salted-water lake of Ganzirri lake, locally known as “Pantano Grande”.
The Lakes of Ganzirri are famous because of the mussels farming and clams farming: sailing the Pantano Grande, you will experience local fishermen to pick clams. Fishing is one of the main activities of the mariner town of Ganzirri: you will also know about the swordfish fishing that is still practiced using the traditional wooden boat, named feluca.
Nature: Ganzirri lake is part of the nature reserve Lagoons of Cape Peloro established in 2001. The two lakes are connected to the sea by some canals and for this reason the lakes have particular salt conditions that make them attractive for marine birds coming in spring and fall to rest along the migratory routes from Africa.
Landscape: the Lakes of Ganzirri and Faro are locaded in the close proximity of Cape Peloro, you will enjoy the unique views of the Strait of Messina where the strong currents gave birth to many legends and myths such as the famous one of Scylla and Charybdis.
Tradition and Culture: you will meet the local farmers and you will experience their real everyday life at work.
Starting from your accommodation, we will reach the mariner village of Ganzirri. Here you will know about the mussel farming, one of the main economical activities. Furthermore, you will enjoy panoramic views of the Strait of Messina and Capo Peloro.
Every year in the Strait of Messina, swordfishing is organized by using a special wooden boat, la feluca. It is still practiced using ancient fishing techniques handed down from generation to generation.
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