Vendicari Beach, also known as Tonnara Beach, is one of the most suggestive of the Reserve.
The reason is due to the presence of the Swabian Tower and the remains of the ancient Tonnara that form the background of the long stretch of sand.
A truly unique and spectacular context that in addition to historical and scenic beauty, combines a truly splendid sea, with shades between green and turquoise. An exception is only the first part of the stretch characterized by the presence of Posidonia algae, a harmless barrier that is easily crossed.
The long sandy coast characterizes this first stretch of coast. On the side of the Tower, however, the coast becomes rocky, with deeper sea and small inlets: the ideal place for snorkeling.
On the way to the beach, however, there are several sighting huts, ideal for birdwatching and perhaps admiring some unique species.
You cross the salt pans, whose unmistakable smell pervades the whole environment. These, once, were used to support the Tonnara for the conservation of fish.
Photo ©, Daniele Chessari
The Tonnara beach is located between San Lorenzo and Calamosche . You can arrive only with your own vehicle (preferably car) through the Provincial road SP19 and following the clearly visible signs.
Before the access gate you will find a large parking area.
To reach the beach, you enter the Reserve, paying a special ticket (€3.50 for adults and €7 per family).
From the access gate it takes about 20 minutes to cross the path, not tiring but almost completely under the sun.
Furthermore, from the entrance to Vendicari, the Orange path starts, which along 4500 meters allows you to reach the famous beach of Calamosche (arrival point).
The beach is the main reason for visiting the Reserve (especially in summer), however, a trip to the Tonnara and the Sveva Tower certainly cannot be missed.
In addition, along the way, if you are lucky, you can spot unique species of birds at the observation huts.
The Tonnara, of Arab origin, was the site where tuna and mackerel were caught and processed. After ups and downs, his activity, already in crisis, was definitively interrupted during the Second World War.
What once were the pillars that supported the roof, the fishermen’s houses and the very high chimney have been expertly restored. Today they can be admired in their former glory!
A little further on, the Torre Sveva is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the Reserve. Its origins should date back to the 15th century.
As for the tonnara, it has been expertly restored, while not retaining its original dimensions.
Like all the beaches of the Reserve, this place is not equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds. In addition, there is a lack of refreshment points.
If you have decided to spend at least half a day, it is a must to bring a good supply of water to drink and food.
Umbrella, beach towels and protective creams should not be missing.
The path is not particularly dangerous and can also be tackled with ordinary flip-flops (obviously no heels for women).
If you are with children, the (rock) shoes are ideal. And, above all, consider the possibility of taking some breaks during the journey, finding refreshment in the (few) places protected from the sun.