San Vito lo Capo, Sicily; one of our favourite beaches in Sicily

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Visit San Vito lo Capo

San-Vito-lo-Capo is a small seaside town in the north-west of Sicily at the tip of a promontary above Scopello. The drive to San Vito lo Capo through a mountain valley covered in vineyards and olives is very pretty.

Explore San-Vito-lo-Capo

The small town of picturesque white houses was once the home of fishermen for the tuna fishing industry that was once so important here but has now disappeared. Now the long sandy beach at the foot of Mount Monaco is the key draw to the town.

San Vito lo Capo beach is about 3km long with a coarse golden sand and a gently shelving approach into the sea making if perfect for beach holidays and in the summer months it is packed with locals and with Italians from the mainland.

The beach is a mix of private and free areas and you will probably want to book a sunbed on the private part as hire of sunbeds and umbrella is not too expensive, especially if you only want a half day and it gets you out of the way of a constant and annoying stream of beach sellers.

San Vito lo Capo

As well as sun bathing San-Vito-lo-Capo is very popular for snorkling, diving and wind-surfing all of which can be organised locally.

At the height of summer the town beach is very busy and a couple of the neighbouring beaches may be a bit quieter. The Santa Margherita bay on the west of the peninsula is a lovely beach as are the Isuledda beach, Calazza beach and the Macari beach. These are all in the Mount Cofano Natural Reserve at the south west of the peninsula.

The town of San Vito lo Capo is centered around the 15th century Sanctuary di San Vito which is a small church housed in a fortress-like building of Arab Norman construction. In the centre of town there are lots of bars and restaurants and the harbour area is another popular spot.

Fish is off course often on the menu and one of the specialities is fish couscous. So popular is this that there is a San-Vito-lo-Capo cous cous festival every year with chefs from all around competing to serve the best fish couscous. There are also excellent ice-cream parlours, pizza restaurants and plenty more choices.

Once you get tired of the beach head up into the hills and even up to the top of Mont Monaco for some fabulous views and lovely walks.

Places to visit nearby

The Zingaro Natural Reserve at the south eastern end of the peninsula is very popular. There are lots of hiking trails and some lovely little coves and beaches.

Castellammare-del-Golfo is an attractive seaside town to the east of San Vito lo Capo and Erice is a splendid hilltop town inland of this area. Also close by are the magnificent temples of Segesta.

If you would like to know a bit more about the Sicilian tuna fishing industry that was once key to this area then visit Tonnara del Seco. The location here is beautiful too and is often used by Italian film makers including in the Italian series 'Inspector Montalbano'.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Sicily guide.

See also:

Map of San Vito lo Capo and places to visit

Places to visit near San Vito lo Capo

Castellammare del Golfo

Castellammare del Golfo

The Gulf of Castellammare has beaches, cliffs and interesting monuments and is a lovely part of Sicily.

Castellammare del Golfo guide



Visit the splendid hilltop town of Erice with its ancient walls, castle and churches.

Erice guide



Trapani has an interesting old town with historic buildings dating from the 14th to the 20th century.

Trapani guide



Visit the Salt Works Natural Reserve of Paceco which with its windmills and canals looks like a little bit of Holland!

Paceco guide



Segesta is home to various ancient monuments including Segesta Temple.

Segesta guide



With lovely beaches, caves and creeks, Terrasini is popular with holiday makers.

Terrasini guide