Stagnone of Marsala


The Regional Nature Reserve Islands of the Stagnone of Marsala is a nature reserve of Sicily, created in 1984 in the territory of the town of Marsala. It extends on the west coast of Sicily in the Municipality of Marsala, in the stretch of the sea between Capo San Teodoro and Capo Boeo or Lilibeo, including the four islands of San Pantaleo (Mothia), Big Island, Shola and Santa Maria and salt coastal San Teodoro, Genna and Ettore Infersa. The reserve includes the “Lagoon”, that’s to say a lagoon(from which it takes its name), the largest of Sicily, characterized by a shallow (1-2 ft often, no more than 50 cm). As a result of movements of the sand of the lagoon , due to the underwater currents, the Grand Island has formed, around two originating islets. The birth of the island has closed a portion of sea originally open and here, as there is no current necessary for the exchange, the water has become stagnant, with a temperature above the normal.