San Vito lo Capo: The beach town

San Vito lo Capo is a small town in North-Western Sicily. Like many of you I’ve never heard of San Vito before, until one day my husband and I decided to expose ourselves to the sun during a cold wet Irish summer. And where else would two foodies go if not to Italy? And where in Italy can you get the greatest food? That’s right, Sicily! And which part of Sicily offers one of the greatest beaches? The research showed it’s San Vito lo Capo.ย Many claimย San Vito beach to be the Caribbean of Sicily. So we went to check ๐Ÿ˜‰

Despite the crowds the beach was great indeed. Not the “crystal clear turquoise water” as you may see in pictures, but the waterย wasย clean, you could even see small cute fishes under the water. The sand wasย soft and golden, the view of the beach just amazing – a mountainย on the right always reminding that you’re in a rocky Sicily.

Should I say anything about the food? Oh yes, it’s unbelievable! If you are a type of person who intensively exercises just before a beach vacation, forget that, here you cannot stop eating gelatos and cannolis and all other great stuff including seafood, arancini (stuffed rice balls) or tabacchiere (sweet flat peaches). Couscous is particularly popular in this town, they even have an annual couscous festival!

A Zingaro Nature Reserve makes a great day trip from San Vito by boat. Very nice scenes, crystal blue water, mountains, caves, rocks, and also stories about how Mafia members ย used those caves to escape from their houses in mountains. Theyย dug a pathway from their home down to a cave, and when the police arrived they just went downstairs, sat their boats and escaped. Clever, isn’t it?

The town itself is very small, about 4000 people living there, very friendly and hospitable, many don’t know any English word because mainly Italians are visiting the town, and so that’s another advantage ofย itย – an experience of a really authentic vacation without crowds of tourists, tourist traps and artificial “must to do”-s designed specifically for tourists. Indeed a nice place to get some sunshine and enjoy the local food.


San Vito lo Capo beach

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Zingaro Nature Reserve

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Let me take a picture of you =)

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Sunset in San Vito

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19 comments

  1. Looks like such a beautiful place. I have been to Italy a few times but have never been to Sicily. I think it is due a trip. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Haha, I’d imagine they still live there, so you’ll probably need to contact them to gain access to their caves ๐Ÿ˜€
      I’m kidding, don’t know actually if it’s possible to explore those areas. A good topic for me to google.

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    • Thanks Marie. Sicily was so much different from the mainland Italy. Everything there seemed more “Italian” than in “real” Italy. If you have a chance in future, explore this part of Italy too, it’s great!

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    • It’s really a “off the beaten path” for international tourists, so this is a great time to explore it until it becomes too popular, haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I visited this summer, just 2 months ago.

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  2. I LOVE THIS! I’ve been wanting to return to Sicily for a while, since the last time I visited, I was only 8 years old. The thing I remember most though, was the clear blue water and stunning scenery of Parco dello Zingaro. San Vito looks like a great base for exploring the area and the beach there looks quite nice as well! (especially the backdrop!)

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