Platani River


The Platani River is a significant river in Sicily. It has a meandering course of 103 kilometres and flows through the western part of the island, creating a unique landscape. The Foce del Fiume Platani Nature Reserve is located in the province of Agrigento where the river meets the Mediterranean Sea. This area is home to the ancient city of Eraclea Minoa, now an Archaeological Park that includes a well-preserved Greek Theatre. The river offers a rich habitat for biodiversity, with turtles, peregrine falcons, and migratory birds. It is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Historically, the river was navigable and served as an important means of communication. Today, its landscape features wheat fields, rock formations, archaeological remains, and rolling hills. The river merges with the sea near the limestone cliffs of Capo Bianco, which are associated with the ancient Greek colony of Heraclea Minoa. The river basin covers an area of approximately 1,784.9 square kilometres and is characterized by low altitudes, gentle slopes, and karst phenomena caused by chalk and carbonate stone formations. The area’s historical connection with mining, particularly salt and potassium mines, has influenced the geomorphology and water quality of the river. Overall, the Platani River is a remarkable natural feature of Sicily.

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The "Foce del Fiume Platani" Oriented Nature Reserve