San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo
A "Land of sky and sea", "shining jewel" due to its light and colours, "a destination of dreaming and longing" pristine sea, untouched nature, "impalpable sand", a rival to the most famous of the South Sea paradises… Many more definitions could describe this enchanting town, stretched out and enclosed in a bay on the northwest coast of Sicily between the ‘Zingaro’ and the ‘Mount Cofano’ nature reserves in one of the most evocative areas of Sicily and the Mediterranean.
In this charming town sea and sun are the protagonists, associated with history, nature and monuments, but also with the sincere hospitality of the inhabitants and its rich and imaginative culinary traditions.
Set in a landscape dotted with tall rocks, beaches and pointed cliffs, caves, old country houses and towers, San Vito welcomes us with the beautiful coastline of Makari and imposing Mount Monaco with its quaint peak, which depending on where you look from, seems to have the form of a praying monk (hence the name) or a running dog.
Reaching the top of the mountain by trail, you can experience the unique and unrepeatable emotion of viewing three gulfs at once; Castellammare, San Vito and Cofano, and on days of great visibility, even the island of Ustica.
Standing out along the coast are the Scieri, Mpisu and Isulidda towers, built in the 16th century to sight the presence of pirates who were ravaging the Mediterranean Sea. In the ‘Secco’ Gulf lies a disused ‘tonnara’ or tuna processing plant, documented back to 1412 .
Menu of typical products such as cùscusu, smoked and tuna in the cozy terrace of the Enoteca Dionisio in San Vito Lo Capo.