THE MARINE PROTECTED AREA CAPO RIZZUTO

Here you will find places where history evokes the splendours of the past, where unspoilt nature reigns and where the sea joins the sky to form a unique panorama. These places represent exquisite and picture perfect corners of the Mediterranean with strips of sea and sand you will grow to know and love.
 Among these places is the Marine Protected Area of Capo Rizzuto, which aims to protect an environmentally unique stretch of coast as well as the extensive, rich archaeological heritage present on the seabed.

Within the area are three specific Integral Reserve zone.
Zone A corresponds to the areas of sea surrounding Capo Colonna, Capo Cimiti, and Capo Bianco, where a very strict protection regime is in place.
In zone B, which includes the stretch of sea from Capo Donato to the easternmost side of Barco Vercillo, bathing, guided underwater tours, scuba diving (regulated by the managing body), sailing and motorboating are allowed.
Zone C, the Partial Reserve area, includes the remaining section of the area's sea, where the activities allowed for zone B are permitted.

The beauty of the flora and fauna of the area can be admired at the Aquarium of Capo Rizzuto which is equipped with numerous tanks housing fish and marine organisms. You are sure to enjoy finding out about their habits and learning some interesting facts about the marine environment. Sea bream, salps, sea anemones, breams and groupers are all guests at the Aquarium. You can also make the most of the multimedia room where you can develop your knowledge and carry out your own studies with the help of projections and films.

 Accompanied by professional local divers, visitors can admire the area’s seabed brimming with life, colours and shapes.
 History buffs will be particularly interested in the imposing Aragonese Castle of Le Castella, which was built on the sea at the end of the 13th century and is one of Calabria’s most iconic monuments. The seabed is characterised by vast expanses of Posidonia Oceanica, which creates the perfect habitat for numerous marine species including groupers, barracudas, and parrot fish. Sightings of dolphins and loggerhead sea turtles are also often reported, whose numbers increased thanks to the construction of the marine area.

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