From Messina to Capo d'Orlando, the north-east coast of Sicily offers beautiful beaches, fascinating villages and several nature reserves. Following the coast from the north-eastern tip of the island, towards the west, the road leads to Milazzo, gateway to the Aeolian islands, and Patti with the ancient Greek-Roman town of Tindari, an important archaeological site with its Greek amphitheatre, basilica, and ruins of ancient walls. This area is also home to some of Sicily's most beautiful beaches: the spit of sand in the Laghetti di Marinello nature reserve, the beaches of Gioiosa Marea with the delightful bay of Capo Calavà, and of Capo d'Orlando with nearby San Gregorio, a fishing village with restaurants serving exquisite, typical fish dishes. The area around Patti is an ideal base for day trips to the Aeolian islands, the volcano Etna and the gorges of the Gole dell'Alcantara and to the famous towns of Taormina and Cefalù. Hiking and nature lovers can enjoy the wonderful paths and trails in the Nebrodi Park. The Tindari Festival with its performances of Greek theatre in July and August is certainly worth a visit.