Macari

To the south and within the vicinity of San Vito Lo Capo are two small villages, Castelluzzo and Macari, immersed in verdant and uncontaminated nature. Castelluzzo is embedded in the “valley of olives”, renown for the abundance and quality of its olives and olive oils. Clambering tracks meander up the mountain above the village, mesmerizing the gaze of horseback riders. Getting onto a horse is highly recommended.

Not much further on, and only 3kms from San Vito, olive groves give way to the majestic sight of the gulf of Macari, with its headland mountain, Monte Cofano. Pebbled beaches and coves riddle the rugged coastline, lapped by waves of crystal clear sea waters that spill fish into myriad rock pools. The wandering beachcomber will at some point raise the eye to behold an astonishingly pristine beach of white sand, tendered daily by the attentive local council.

The village itself resembles a meandering stream, with low-built whitewashed houses visible amid the olive leaves and almond blossom that abounds. The spring water that gurgles down from the mountains is known for its purity. This blissful harmony of sight and sound becomes surreal with the light of sunrise and sunset, not to be easily forgotten.

Bicycles are a must, as are walks into the mountains. The sea grottoes of Cala Mancina, Isulidda and Perciata can be admired for the incisions and crude paintings of eras passed.