What to see during a holiday in San Vito lo Capo: among beaches and history

San Vito lo Capo what to see

What to see in San Vito lo Capo? If this is your question, it will be the destination of your next vacation, and it will be your first time in this beautiful location on the northwest coast of Sicily. That’s a great choice. Especially with these three tourist itineraries.


#1: the town

San Vito lo Capo is a small town made of white houses near a fabulous sea. The stages if the first itinerary are:

  • Santuario-fortezza of San Vito lo Capo. The fortress-sanctuary is located in Via Savoia. It is an austere and imposing building: 104 meters wide, 16 meters high, the walls have a thickness of two meters and a half. Built in the Fourteenth century, it was a chapel dedicated to San Vito martire.
  • The lighthouse. One of the symbols of San Vito lo Capo. Divided into two parts (a headlight and a taillight), it is one of the most important in Sicily. It gives a very romantic view, especially at sunset.
  • Cappella di Santa Crescenzia. It is a small chapel built in the Sixteenth century and dedicated to the wet nurse of San Vito.
  • Via Venza. This street is worth a visit for its climbing plants, murals and stone troughs used as planters. In Summer, many events take place here.
  • Il Museo del mare. In the “museum of the sea” are preserved relics and ancient artefacts.


#2: beaches

It is one of the main reasons for which hundreds of tourists each year visit this place. The most famous is the beach of San Vito lo Capo: it is sandy, very large, suitable for a holiday with children and for those who want only relaxation.

Other wonderful beaches near San Vito lo Capo are:

  • Santa Margherita, a small and red sand beach.
  • Isola delle Femmine, in the province of Palermo.
  • Tonnara dell’Uzzo with its two pebble beaches.
  • Cala Capreria, recommended for snorkelers.


#3: surroundings

  • La Riserva naturale dello Zingaro. Seven kilometers of rugged coastline, coves, bays and reefs, surrounded by the sea and the dwarf palms.
  • Tonnara del Secco. An ancient and very impressive place.
  • Erice e Segesta. Two of the most beautiful places in Sicily. Erice is an stone Medieval village. Segesta is an ancient town founded by Elimi.


How to get there

San Vito lo Capo is the province of Trapani. And it’s a good idea for an excursion from Palermo. To get there from Sicilian capital city, take state highway 187 towards Golfo di Castellammare and follow the road signs to San Vito lo Capo.


Image source: Di Roberto Fontana from Mantova, Italia – San Vito Lo Capo, CC BY 2.0

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