San Vito lo Capo, Sicily; a popular beach town

Photo of San Vito lo Capo in West Sicily

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Visit San Vito lo Capo

The town of San Vito lo Capo is situated on the peninsula north of Scopello, itself in north-western Sicily, and a little way north of the Zingaro Natural Reserve.

The small town of San Vito lo Capo is in a fine setting between the surrounding mountains and with olive groves dotted across the hills, and overlooking the town harbour.

Explore San Vito lo Capo

While the town contains a couple of buildings of note eg a church and a chapel it is for the beach that many people visit. The town is also very lively with pubs and clubs, restaurants and nightlife. The main square next to the Sanctuary of San Vito is the main centre of town and a popular spot to meet. Whilst the Sanctuary has almost a military look from the outside, inside it is a small church that you can visit.

The beach at San Vito lo Capo is very popular with locals and visitors alike and is one of the best in Sicily - the beach is about three kilometres long, broad, and has fine light sand. Because it falls within a natural bay the waves are gentle and the beach is ideal for children and families. As it also has a huge rocky cliff called Mount Monaco at one end it is very scenic.

San Vito lo Capo beach

The main San Vito beach has both private and free beaches and in the height of summer you may well want to pay for the private beach. Usually it is not expensive and you get an umbrella and a sun lounger but more importantly it keeps away the hordes of beach sellers that are extrememely prolific on this beach.

In the main summer months the main beach can be pretty packed. Nearby beaches such as Isuledda beach, Santa Margherita Bay and the Macari beach are usually a little less busy.

The harbour is home to both local fishing boats and visiting pleasure boats. It is also the place to head if you hope to explore the sea, with diving and windsurfing schools available.

Away from the beach, the mountains are worth exploring and are also very popular with climbers and those wishing to discover the many caves that are dotted around above San Vito lo Capo and Mount Cofano. You can walk up to the top of Mount Monaco for excellent views over the beach and sea.

Note; the local speciality is an unusual dish combining cous-cous and fish and is well worth enjoying in one of the many local restaurants - preferably during the annual San Vito lo Capo cous-cous festival which takes place in September. Many other dishes are prepared from locally caught fish. Don't like fish? There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy high quality Italian pizzas and ice cream if you prefer!

Places to visit nearby

Tonnara del Secco is a short car drive away and was once the location of the important tuna industry in this area. There is no longer a tuna industry in Sicily but you can learn about the history here and more importantly it is a beautiful location that is often used by Italian film makers and if you watch the Italian 'Inspector Montalbano' series you may recognise it.

Blue Marino's Cove which is south-east of San Vito lo Capo on the way to Macari is another beautiful spot. Indeed it won the "the most beautiful is you" title in 2015 as the most beautiful beach in Italy. It is a small cove without facilities and does not have easy access but is worth checking out if you get the chance.

The Zingaro Natural Reserve is beautiful and has some lovely beaches and some great walks. You can also take a boat trip along its shore line from San Vito lo Capo.

The lovely seaside village of Castellamarre-del-Golfo is a short distance to the east.

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

See also:

Map of San Vito lo Capo and places to visit

Places to visit near San Vito lo Capo

Zingaro Natural Reserve

Zingaro Natural Reserve

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Zingaro Natural Reserve guide

Castellammare del Golfo

Castellammare del Golfo

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Castellammare del Golfo guide



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Trapani guide



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Paceco guide



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