Strait of Messina/Tindari Lake, Sicily
The Strait of Messina is the narrow passage between the eastern tip of Sicily (and the western tip of Calabria the south of Italy. It connects the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north with the Ionian Sea to the south. At its narrowest point, it measures 1.9 miles in width.
The strait is characterized by strong tidal currents that established a unique marine ecosystem. The Strait of Messina, therefore constitutes an area of fundamental importance for biodiversity. The hydrology of the Strait of Messina accommodates a variety of populations of marine organisms
You will then continue to Tindari where you will discover a fantastic viewpoint over the ‘linguetta di sabbia’ (tongue of sand), which stretches 1.5km into the sea, defiantly resisting the destructive, relentless raids of the Tyrrhenian. Clearly visible on satellite photos, the ‘tongue’ is raised about 4 metres above sea-level at its highest points and creates a lagoon area on its protected side. This is now a nature reserve and several small lakes dot the surface and provide an ideal home for a large variety of flora and fauna.