San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo is a former fishing village dating to the 16 th century, itself built upon the legacy of an eventful history dating back to ancient civilizations and the progressive influence of Mediterranean and Arab cultures. The town square is particularly notable for the fortress church built around the end of the 15 th century. Road corners are adorned with a profusion of jasmine and bouganvillae plants that grow into the sky, adding their fragrance to the heady scents of local cous-cous and fish soup dishes. The town itself is one of the more picturesque in Sicily, and what’s more boasts fine sandy beaches and turquoise seas.

A rich variety of fish populate the depths of the bays and coves that run the length of this rugged coastline, beckoning both keen fishing and diving enthusiasts to explore the many grottoes, ancient shipwrecks and ruins evoking days of Saracen pirating. Above the waters, nature reigns absolute along the coastline and rising up to cover the escarpments and hilly peaks of the peninsula.

San Vito Lo Capo exudes serenity and “dolce vita” charm. At nightfall, the town’s main road buzzes with friendly conversation around bar and restaurant tables that endures into the nightclubs until early dawn.

Of the many excursions departing from San Vito Lo Capo, several deserve especial mention; the medieval town of Erice (35kms), the tonnara at Scopello, renown for tuna fishing (40kms), the salt pans and windmills at Trapani (25kms), and the archaeological remains on the island of Mozia. For those who relish country pursuits, the flora, fauna and secluded beaches of the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro is 9kms distant, and the Egadi islands are a twenty-minute journey by boat. As throughout Sicily, the local folkloristic traditions are to be experienced.