It puts up two-four persons; it has two rooms for an area of 36 mq well furnished, and divided in a sitting room with a cooking corner and a two places divan, a sleeping room, bathroom with shower, a wardrobe. Outside a completely shaded patio, a built in barbecue, a private car place, an outside cabinet shower and the shadow of a gorgeous and aged old carob-tree are the outfits of the house.
The, house, named ”Carob-tree House” is completely plunged in a wide land with olive-trees, citrus plantaion (orange and lemon trees), that give fresh and scenting air even in the hottest days. The sea is very near, and every one can reach it by a private street, ending in a little and not crowded bay, excellent for diving.
Avola is well known for its excellent wine and its typical almond, named Pizzuta of Avola used for “granite” and sweets; for the hexagonal map of the city and it has about 35000 people; around the city you can find prehistoric and modern remains. The Ancient town (named Avola Antica) is a natural terrace on the wonderful Noto Gulf and Valley and Cavagrande Canyon.
The Avola Promenade (1/2 miles) has a very thin and gilded sand, with degrading depths. You have a free- beach and some bathing establishments. The sea side is animated by restaurants, pizzerie and pubs. In the Old Village of Marina Vecchia there are the best fish shops and early in the morning you can buy fish directly from fishermen. The arch of the loggia of the Ancient Tonnara (now in reparation) looks like a wing that has like background the whole Avola Promenade.
The beach of Eloro (7 miles) is attractive not only for its beauty, but also for its Greek and Roman archeological remains. Ancient joint of commercial business, Eloro gave the name to Elorina Way, nowadays covered by the sea. The sea side wings on a sandy depth for 2 miles, dominated by the Torre Pizzuta, whose the origin is until today disputed. The whole is formed by beaches, little coves and rocky creeks. The little mouth of Tellaro River gives an attractive scene of river michro ambient.
The Vendicari natural oasis (10 miles) it’s one of the less crowded beaches of the coast as it’s not very known and as it’s rather difficult to reach. It has white sand with many small pieces of shells and crustaceans that give a solid and granulose consistence. Closed between two rocky headlands it opens in a gulf with sea water blue and transparent, where fishes come just near the beach. The name derivates from the ancient marsh, and nowadays remains a very dense vegetation of mediterranean maquis. The landscape has hollows very near to the sea, not too deep marshes, with alophile vegetation and sand dunes, covered by Mediterranean maquis. You can do “bird watching” and during the whole year you can see waders, ducks, herons and storks that stop in this oasis during the yearly migrations. There are some boxes built for the observation along the oasis. The sea water is crystalline and warm in a visitable beach long 1,5 miles about.
Very close to Avola is Noto (5 miles) that has an unique architectonic landscape for the Baroque and for the typical rosed colour of the stone availed for building the city. Every corner gives a surprise. The gorgeous Cathedral with the splendid staircase, San Domenico Church, Ducezio Palace, Nicolaci Palace where everything, even the smallest one, has a baroque charm. Interesting also the city with popular quarters, Noto gives the name to the Valley that has been declared patrimony of the whole humanity.
Siracusa (15 miles) is divided in the Ancient Area (the island of Ortigia) and the Modern Area. Its archeologic patrimony formed by the Holy Lucy Dome (Doric temple built on ancient settlements, Bizantin basilica, Norman Church, Renaissance and at last baroque), the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ierone Altar and the archeologic Museum “Paolo Orsi” one of the most important for Greek remains. Most important is Palazzo Bellomo and its marvellous Annunciazione by Antonello da Messina recently restored.
Nearby (10 miles) is Cavagrande del Cassibile, a natural creek between two wings of calcareous stone; you can reach it only by foot and this is the reason is never crowded; very good for diving and snorkling; from the cliff two paths lead to the Avola Seaside and the mouth of Cassibile River where you can find a beach of white sand, a very charming place, a perfect balance between river and sea landscape. You can reach also the fountain where was signed the Armistice in the Second World War, after the landing of the anglo-american troops in Sicily (September, 8 1943). The “cave” are natural cuts in the earth typical of tablelands of this country. “Cavagrande” is one of the most important, excavated by the flowing of Cassibile River in this part of Sicilian tableland. Vegetation is very rich and moisture favours orchids growth, Fauna is represented by hedgehog, weasel, dormouse, martenand, red fox. The Cavagrande lakes are reachable by a steep path, close to the western side of the canyon (it takes less than an hour).
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