Marina di Modica - A small seaside resort in the South of Sicily
Marina di Modica is situated directly by the seaside, between Sampieri and Pozzallo, on the most southern part of Sicily. There is a large bay with a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by numerous dunes. Marina di Modica is the ideal recreational spot for families, young and older people.
In July and August, however, the Italians´vacation time, the quiet resort town really comes to life. There are sports activities on the beach, market stalls on the boardwalk, live bands and folklore in the "Piazetta", as well as numerous bars and discotheques.
From the city square a wonderful seafront begins. Here, every sunday in the off-season and every day in the peak season marketeers are placed for selling jewellery, clothes, bags, and toys.
In July and August, a market with a numerous number of stands for fruit, cheese, and clothes takes place at the end of the seafront where a big public place directly to the sea is located.
Restaurants, bars, ice cream parlours, supermarkets, and much more can be found either in locality or directly in the seaside. Fresh seafood and shopping malls can be reached in a few minutes by car from Marina di Modica.
Warm temperatures in the low season - still a great place for swimming - and spring like conditions in winter permit endless walks along the boardwalk or along the beach and the scenic coastline - with or without your dog.
Marina di Modica is certainly one of the few spots in Sicily that has not yet been overcrowded by tourism. Here, as well as in all of the region of Ragusa, you can get to know the real Sicilian life!
Pozzallo und Modica
Only 6 km away from our small bungalow park is the fishing village Pozzallo. Here you can find all your shopping needs, including fresh fish, and a beautiful "Piazza" surrounded by palm trees.
The baroque city of Modica is just a 15 minute drive away from Marina di Modica. This is a real Sicilian town, full of live from early in the morning till late at night. Very impressive is the old part of Modica with many baroque churches, like the "Dome of San Giorgio".
Hiking in the South of Sicily
From our holiday homes you can reach numerous interesting and beautiful nature reserves, like the Cava d`Ispica, the Cava Grande del Cassibile and the bird sanctuary Vendicari, with his withe natural beaches.
Of course, the beaches and coastal paths directly in front of our holiday resorts are also great for hiking or just walking.
CAVA GRANDE - Swimming in freshwater lakes and waterfalls
The Grand Canyon of Sicily - the nature reserve Cava Grande del Cassibile is located only about 1 hour from our holiday fesorts.
This beautiful canyon in the mountains from Avola Antica, is perfect for hiking, in combination with bathing in cold crystal clear fresh water lakes.
In the approx 10 km canyon, you can walk along typical mediterrean vegetation, like colorful oleanders and huge plantans.
The descent usually takes just over 30 minutes. Than finally arrived in the bottom of the cave, you can decide wether you want to go the entire plateau or simple relax in refreshing water lakes.
CAVA D´ISPICA – Caves and graves
From Marina di Modica you reach the 13km long limestone canyon Cava d`Ispica in just 15 minutes. It is located between Ispica and Modica. In this wonderful natural reserve you walk, past big hazelnut-, pomegranate- and citrus trees, along fragrant ointment busches and blooming oleander.
Impressive are the prehistoric tombs and Chistian catacombs, which can be visited in the canyon.
VENDICARI – Bird reserve and natural beaches
After just an hour by car from our holiday homes, you reach the Vendicari bird reserve. This 1500 hectare aerea between the beaches of Eloro in the north and San Lorenzo / Marzamemi in the south, is one of the most important and largest bird sanctuaries in the Mediterrean area.
In addition to more than 200 bird species (seasonal), one can observe flocks of flamingos, particulary in the winter and spring time.
Hiking through the nature bird resvere Vendicari with it`s beautiful natural beaches, you can visit the "Tonnara di Vendicar" or "Torre Sveva", an old tuna factory. Do not miss a refreshing bath into the crystal clear sea of Vendicari.Apart from the main months of July and August, the small bay "Calamosche" is a real insider tip.
THE ETNA - Hiking of the largest active volcano of Europe
At an altitude of 3352m, the Etna tower over the north-east of Sicily. Regularly there are smaller and larger volcanic eruptions.
Hiking of the Volcano Etna is a challenge for everyone. The sharp-edged lava rock, the differences in altitude and poisonous sulfur fights at the edge of the crater, are an adventurous undertaking.
There are numerous hiking trails, for everyone.
Also for visitors who don`t want to walk too much, the Etna is a real experience.
At the "rifugio sapienza", the cable car and also guide tours, starts to the top of volcano.
In September, the pistachio festival "La festa del pistacchio" and in October the "Ottobrata", are worth a trip to the Etna.
Don`t hasitate to ask us - we will be happy to provide you with excursions tips.