The wonderful coasts of San Vito lo Capo

With its dense array of trattorias, hotels and bars, San Vito Lo Capo is a decidedly consumer-oriented holiday resort, yet its relative remoteness has helped to preserve it from the pressures of the tourism industry even in high season .

In the winter months, however, there is greater freedom of movement, and by visiting San Vito out of season you can best appreciate the beach around which the town is gathered, one of the most beautiful in all of Sicily : a large arch of white sand framed by looming cliffs and dominated by jagged slabs of rock.

The town and the beach

San Vito actually consists of a long street dotted with shops and restaurants. Via Savoia , which runs squarely down to the beach. This street is largely closed to traffic and is the hub of the evening walk ; the shops stay open late in the summer.

In the village there are basically two things to see: the curious and massive honey-colored church, which looks like a fortified structure and a little further on, at n. 37 of Via Savoia, the small Museum of the sea which contains marine finds.

A pleasant promenade runs along the beach, which extends to the east of the village. Framed by the cliffs that loom behind and dominated by jagged rock slabs, the wide arched expanse of white sand is ideal for swimming and sunbathing, although in August, when you step into the water it is an irresistible temptation.

In the other direction, passing the port, in 20 minutes you reach Capo San Vito , a rocky and windswept plateau with a fenced lighthouse.

To admire a wide panorama you have to climb above the village, following a steep road that leads to the top of the high cliffs offering splendid views over the Gulf of Castellammare .

Eating and entertainment in San Vito

Via Savoia and the seafront are flanked by clubs of all kinds: bars, ice cream parlors, pizzerias and restaurants specializing in peaches.

These places are very crowded in August and during the Cou Cous Fest which takes place for six days in late September and includes free tastings of dozens of versions of cous cous, as well as concerts every night in Piazza Santuario and a fireworks show. the last evening at midnight.