Spiaggia di Calabernardo
This beach is situated nearly 8 kilometres from the hilltop town of Noto and round the bay/corner from Avola (east) and the main beach resort of Noto, Lido di Noto, (west).
Calabernardo is also called Borgo Marino Balata as it is in Contrada Balata. It is also referred to as Noto Marina.
The River Asinaro meets the sea at the point where the beach is accessed from the main street in Calabernardo. In the second photograph you can see where it is necessary to wade across the river to reach the beach. I watched a couple of ladies and the water came up to lower than knee level. The photograph in my beaches book shows the river mouth with a little bridge over, well that is not there now.
The sea is not suitable for young children as the sand shelves to waist level water within a few strides.
North of the river the beach is sandy and south of the river in the direction of Calabernardo the shoreline is rocky, good for fishing apparently.
It is all a free beach with no facilities except bars and eating establishments open in the summer season.
My third photograph shows Calabernardo on a Monday at the end of October - mostly deserted!
In summer time it would be a different picture.
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landscape between Noto and Noto antica
Those grassy slopes, large soft shapes of stones and fences of stone put one on another very tight - that makes it interesting landscape between Noto and Noto Antica. Make a short ride out of city on road almost deserted. It's worth to stop for while.
In the bottom of hills there are green trees, by small river or stream. Water! What a difference that makes in almost dry countryside. Slopes - only here and there small bushes strike out of the soil. Must have been pasture land here before if only strongest of plants survived. And then there are different colors of stones, say almost pink.
I found that flora particularly interesting - for how it forms and how it grows on little soil available. What patterns and hues!
Organic farm near Noto
There's place called 'Terra di Pace' or Land of Peace: it's organic farm in the rural part of Noto municipality, in a very pleasant landscape full of the lemon and olive trees on the slope. We visited it on overcast day in September and were guidied around the farm by the owner. We didn't make the appointment in advance so we hoped it will be allright if we just show up. It was fine like that - at that time they didn't yet have much work and our 'guide' explained us everything we asked - although he/we mixed Italian and English it was good talk. Their Acienda has lots of olive trees, agrumi (green lemon 'verdura', manadarines and oranges) on their ranch. They grow vegetables and spices to sell in the farm and Noto Market and to some restaurants. We did some shopping from the fields - buying fresh vegetables and spices was tempting enough, especially because you can see it by yourself that it grows naturally and without chemical treatment. They also keep a few goats, donkeys and hens in pen which they keep for eggs.
We also saw they have small restaurant which was closed during our visit and few rooms/bungalows to rent - which looked very nice in the rural style. In the yard there's cute terrace of stones and behind trees there was swimming pool for their guests who stay at the farm - would be great to come back and stay there a few days.
I loved their motto: ' Diamonds give birth to nothing, manure gives birth to flowers'. That is so true, indeed.
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