San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo is an enchanting Sicilian town with a touch of North Africa. It is full of colourful houses with flat roofs, and streets adorned with flowers. The stunning white sandy beaches and the light colours of the sea will make you feel like being somewhere in the Caribbean.
San Vito lo Capo lies on a peninsula in North-West Sicily 100 km from Palermo and around 30 km from Trapani, so it could be a great base for exploring not only locally, but also the whole province of Trapani with its abundance of interesting places.
Visit the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, an ideal place for romantics with great nature, fantastic scenery and well kept walking trails for a spot of hiking. There's also Erice, a hill-top town with a maze of cobbled streets, old timber houses and delicious ice cream, Trapani with its impressive salt marshes and wind mills, and the ancient ruins in Segesta and Selinunte. The choice is yours!
By the way.: San Vito Lo Capo has been voted in 2011 as the best Italian beach resort by Tripadvisor.
Things to do and see in San Vito Lo Capo
Hiking & Climbing
San Vito Lo Capo came into being in the 18th century and sits under a range of mountains, the highest being Monte Monacco (532 m), and which are very popular not only for great hiking possibilities but also its hidden caves out of which only few can be accessed without climbing gear.
Swimming, Snorkelling & Diving
It’s best attraction must be the beach which is often compared to those of the Caribbean. The crystal clear warm sea waters bathe the dazzling white and delicate sand, all of which is overlooked by a heavenly clear blue sky with not a single cloud in a sight. We would strongly recommend this beach for kids and families as the sea is tranquil and the waves are very gentle.
One thing you should really try to do while in San Vito Lo Capo or in the nearby Parco dello Zingaro is scuba diving. The underwater world in San Vito Lo Capo is as interesting as the world above. There is a diving school as well as wind-surfing school at the harbour-front.
Eating & Drinking
San Vito lo Capo lives mainly from tourism, but we must not forget to mention the olive groves that are scattered over the hills around the town. You can taste the olives in the local restaurants, which also fresh fish with couscous. We have also tasted and absolutely love 'caldofreddo' – a divine dessert.
One of the most popular festivals is the Cous Cous Fest, held usually in mid-September and lasting 6 days - and it is 6 days of great food (some of them are for free and cooked by famous chefs), culture, music and fireworks. If you can’t wait until September and like kite-flying go and take part in the International Kite Festival that takes place in May. The Jazz Festival in July will definitely satisfy music and fun lovers. Find more festivals in Sicily here
There are plenty of choices, ranging from campsites, lovely B&Bs and a few hotels. Be aware that during the festival period availability is limited and prices are higher. We recommend to book in advance. Find accommodation here
San Vito lo Capo is a great town with a great atmosphere, great beaches, great food and great entertainment, so head off there to experience a great holiday!
How to get to San Vito Lo Capo
There is a regular bus service to and from Trapani as well as to and from Palermo.
If you are driving take the A29 Palermo – Mazara del Vallo motorway which should take you around an hour. But be aware that parking can be a nightmare, especially during weekends and throughout August.