The best beach of Italy: San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo view

San Vito Lo Capo view

It is considered one the most beautiful beaches of Italy, besides of Sicily.  I am discussing about San Vito Lo Capo, a small town placed in the North Western area of Sicily, in the district of Trapani. Surrounded by stunning mountains and bays, this town is the ideal place to spend simultaneously a fun and relaxing holiday in Sicily. The main bay of San Vito Lo Capo is a large village well outfitted with many accommodation facilities, namely hotels, bed and breakfast, and restaurants, while the same beach offers other comforting beach facilities to spend the entire day in front of the crystal and clear waters of this touristic zone, namely sun lounger, deckchair and beach umbrella.

Santa Margherita Bay

Santa Margherita Bay

From this area, you can also reach the nearby Aegadian Islands, the Greek temple of Segesta and the medieval village of Erice, but even though you decide only to stay in San Vito Lo Capo, the things you can admire and see are really many. In addition to the main village, you can, indeed, see the Santa Margherita bay ( see the image), a beach not far from the main one, but less crowded and busy. San Vito Lo Capo beach is indeed very crowded in the summer and if you want to relax or swim in these pristine waters, you had better to stay in this second bay or in another small and calm village called Castelluzzo Macari.

Tonnara del secco

Tonnara del secco

The latter is so quiet that you can even hear the bird singing in the morning. The main beaches are suitable for families and children due to the very shallow waters and the sandy beaches. To find rocky and pebble beaches you should move toward the path that lead you to the mountains. In San Vito Lo Capo, your holiday can be enriched with unforgettable dinners and lunches. This is the area, indeed, where you can also taste the delicious Sicilian tuna. In the early morning, you can also see the tuna fishers aboard their boats who trying to capture this big fish. What I just said happens in the so called Tonnara del Secco (see the image). The Sicilian tuna fishing technique is also the one described by Ernest Hemingway in the book titled The Old Man and The Sea.

Furthermore, San Vito Lo Capo is an unspoiled area where you can stay outside all day to breath fresh air. In this town, there are not only sea and beach, but also caves and breathtaking mountains where you can also climb, hike or do trekking or take stunning images. To climb into these Sicilian mountains, you must be an expert or have a large experience about trekking and climbing. To avoid problems, trekking and climbing don’t have to be done during the hottest hours.

Monte Cofano

Monte Cofano

A mountain you can visit in San Vito Lo Capo is Monte Cofano (Cofano Mount) ( see the image).  That is also a natural reserve where nature and sea are closely merged into a spectacular view. This reserve also hosts two towers that are the remains of an ancient fortification created by the Turkish pirates. The reserve also hosts several species of birds, such as the Peregrine Falcon, buzzards and kestrels. Here, you can also use a mountain bike to go to an easy path that allows you to ride the entire coast called Custonaci, an enchanting and very natural place that keeps seven ancient, magnificent caves coming from prehistoric settlements.

The most interesting to be seen, thanks to the high number of fossils, weapons and graffiti, is the cave of Scurati. This is also used as a location to host a representation of the Christmas Nativity in December. On the basis of what I just said, you should have understood that you can visit San Vito Lo Capo all year. Here, the weather is typically Mediterranean and even in October the average temperature is around 22 degrees. If you visit this wonderful town in the spring or autumn, when is improbable to swim in the sea, you can also see an important monument, namely the sanctuary dedicated to the namesake protector of this town.

San Vito Lo Capo- Sanctuary

San Vito Lo Capo – Sanctuary

The devotion to Saint Vito is really heartfelt as it is proved by the magnificence and beauty of the same sanctuary ( see the image) Inside this sanctuary, there are also a museum and a chapel dedicated to another saint: Crescenzia. This monument is really rich in architectural elements, such as votive niches, facades, balconies and a watchtower. The sanctuary was built in 1500, while the tower in 1600. The external walls of this sanctuary were restored in 1998.

Zingaro Natural Reserve

Zingaro Natural Reserve

In the spring, from the road of San Vito Lo Capo, you can also reach another beautiful natural reserve called Zingaro ( see the image) That is about seven miles of unspoiled nature and it is regarded as the most important natural reserve in Italy. This wonderful corner of paradise also hosts a natural and botanical museum.

cous-cous fest

cous-cous fest

In San Vito Lo Capo, there are also very important events, such as the Cous Cous Fest ( see the image), dedicated to the multiethnic cooking, which in September hosts many expert chefs from all the world, and the Summer Music Festival in July. That is an event born to show the talent of new and young singers and that today allows you to live an unforgettable and bustling holiday in this marvellous Sicilian town.

Accommodations and hotels in San Vito Lo Capo

In this fabulous place, you’ll find many kinds of accommodations. They are very pictureque and comfortable. Outfitted to let you enjoy the wonderful scenery of the beach and the sea, they can be expensive in summer. I advice that you book your favourite within March or April, in order to find available rooms with the best value for money. To find accommodations in San Vito Lo Capo, see this list.

10 thoughts on “The best beach of Italy: San Vito Lo Capo

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        1. Rosalba Mancuso

          Hi Pedja, sorry for my late reply, but I was swamped with other writing tasks in the past weeks.
          Anyway, I absolutely agree with you: San Vito Lo Capo is the best beach in Europe. Surely, we all will come back to visit it as soon as these uncertain times will be passed!

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