A beach with Caribbean charm, a village nestled between the rock face of the Piana dell´Egitarso and the high promontory of Monte Monaco, a sea of unforgettable colors ... this is just the beginning of a journey that will take yto discover how beautiful offers this corner of Sicily.
Here are the top 10 things you´ll need to see when you arrive in San Vito Lo Capo:
1) The Beach - Several times awarded with the Blue Flag and the Green Flag (Pediatricians Association), the long white sand beach is also fascinating for its location, at the foot of the splendid Monte Monaco promontory. Along its almost 3 km, equipped beaches are interspersed, where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas and stretches of free beach; there is also an area dedicated to the disabled (Spiaggia Zero Barriere).
If you want to stay in the country you can choose between Hotel - Residence - Holiday Houses - Villas - B & B - Villages
Living it in the summer is certainly fantastic but I do not hide that even in spring and autumn this beach, stolen from the Caribbean, shows off an incredible charm ... just a ray of sunshine and magic, a little luxury to try!
2) The Sanctuary - The heart of San Vito Lo Capo is the beautiful square where the Sanctuary-Fortress stands majestically. Built around the small chapel dedicated to San Vito martyr, this building originally served to protect the many faithful from raids by pirates who were very frequent at the time; today it has within it a small but precious Museum of Sacred Furniture.
3) Chapel of Santa Crescenzia - Arriving in San Vito Lo Capo it is impossible not to notice the small chapel in Moorish style, erected, at the gates of the village, in the thirteenth century in honor of the nurse of San Vito, Crescenzia.
Legend has it that, right here, Crescenzia died of fright, after turning to take a last look at her village, Conturrana, who was collapsing under an avalanche. The district, in fact, takes the name of Valanga. Not far from here, on the edge of a rocky wall, one can see an ancient tower, the Torre dell´Isulidda, one of the many Sicilian watchtowers.
4) Il Torrazzo - Going towards the lighthouse you can admire an ancient round tower, probably of Arabian invoice.
5) Il Faro - Its beam of light illuminates this stretch of coast from the far 1 August 1959. Wanted by the Bourbons to make navigation safer to passing boats, gives a certain charm to the bay; certainly one of the undisputed symbols of San Vito Lo Capo. A walk under the tower, 43 meters high, is a must and also very romantic. Near the lighthouse there is a circular tower called the Torrazzo, probably used in ancient times to defend against pirate attacks.
6) Tonnara del Secco - Unfortunately, little remains of the ancient Tonnara del Secco, dating back to 1411, and finally abandoned in 1965, but its charm is intact enough to be included in the list of places of the heart to vote in 2106. It is located at 3 km from San Vito Lo Capo, on the western tip of the Gulf of Castellammare. An enchanting and fascinating place used many times as a location for famous films including Kefalonia and some episodes of "Commissioner Montalbano".
7) Baia Santa Margherita - This splendid beach, set on a stretch of uncontaminated coastline, is located at the gates of San Vito Lo Capo, between Castelluzzo and Macari, the two small hamlets of the country. The surrounding landscape is a real spectacle, with the hills of the Valle degli Ulivi behind and the cliffs of Cala Mancina and the profile of Monte Cofano. A free train leaves from the parking area and accompanies you along the coast to let you discover the beauty of small solitary coves (in the summer a little less solitary).
8) The Piana dell´Egitarso - Embracing with a glance the town and the beach, Monte Monaco and the Lighthouse and sometimes even the extreme point of the Gulf of Castellammare ... nothing simpler!
Just get in the car or if you also want to walk on the Piana dell´Egitarso, a wide strip of land that protects the village on the west side with its rocky walls. You will bring in the heart this panorama ... and you will make some beautiful photos!
9) Bue Marino´s Cove - Are you looking for something special, truly unique ...?
Do not miss a day in this corner of paradise, a stone´s throw from San Vito Lo Capo. We are not exaggerating ... this small bay has been elected "The most beautiful in Italy" in 2015 in a Legambiente competition.
10) Macari Belvedere - Do you want to impress someone with special effects? ... what´s better than a sunset ... the one on the Gulf of Cofano is unique! Seeing is believing!
Text by Floriana Accardo