To get to the archeological ruins at Tindari (Tyndaris) you need first to get to the vast sanctuary dominating the landscape and then drop down past all the tacky stalls. Officially you need to park at the bottom of the hill and take the shuttle bus up, but all visitors were ignoring the no entry signs when we went, and just kept going all the way up to the small car park by the sanctuary itself.
The ruins themselves are scattered across a vast, peaceful area, largely given over to nature, but apart from the remains of a sacred building and a house you do need to use your imagination, doubtless reaching the conclusion that "it must have been big"- which it was. There are plenty of other much more spectacular sites dotted across Sicily, but if you find yourself on the north coast spend an hour or so at Tindaris.
There are a couple of places where you can get something to drink, but most of the stalls are selling religious paraphernalia.
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