Sicily offers many beautiful destinations for summer holidays and for sure, one of the most famous for every beach lover is San Vito Lo Capo. Crystalline sea, events till the end of September, good food and more…what else? Sicilian Secrets makes you discover this nice town in the North-Western part of the island!
What do you imagine when someone talk about summer in Sicily? Probably your eyes sparkle, and you think about amazing beaches, blue ocean, tasty food, etc. Well, whatever you are looking for, San Vito Lo Capo must be in your bucket list. In August many tourists crowd the town, so if you prefer to enjoy nice weather and quiet, September is definitely the best option. Let’s discover more about this village that can be perfectly described with three colors: blue (sea), gold (sand) and green (nature).
San Vito Lo Capo: where?
It is a town in North-Western Sicily in the province of Trapani, located near the well-known nature reserve called Riserva naturale dello Zingaro. For many years its beach has been considered one of the most beautiful in Italy and it’s the ideal destination for those who love the sea and lively night life.
What can you visit?
Riserva naturale dello Zingaro & nature
It was the first nature reserve in Sicily and is the best spot for plunge into the nature. Many endemic plants and a rich fauna: this is the strength of the Riserva naturale dello Zingaro. This area includes also an archaeological site such as the cave called Grotta dell’Uzzo. It’s one of the most important prehistoric jewels of the island and historians demonstrated that people used to live there about 10,000 years ago!
The reserve is perfect for all of you who love walking and hiking, you can stop and rest, have a picnic and enjoy the landscape. 7 km of amenities, what else?
…you are demanding and want more! Don’t forget to visit the beach called Spiaggia del Bue Marino, that in 2015, according to Legambiente, was the best Italian beach. Unforgettable, guys!
In addition to the nature reserve, you cannot miss the sanctuary, an ancient fortress that represents the original housing unit of San Vito. According to the tradition, the first building was a chapel dedicated to Saint Vitus (XVI century) who moved into the town to escape Diocletian’s persecution in 303 B.C.
For the romantics, the historical lighthouse is the main attraction. It’s perfect to enjoy a romantic walk under the moonlight and spend time by the sea with your significant other.
San Vito is famous also for several tonnara. What? In Italian, ‘tonnara’ means a form of tuna fishing or netting fence used to catch tunas, in Sicilian people call this technique ‘mattanza’ (from the Spanish word matanza, so slaughter in English). The most popular are Tonnara di Cofano in Macari, and Tonnara del Secco.
Food & Entertainment
San Vito is renown also for food, especially for couscous. It is a traditional dish of small steamed balls of crushed durum wheat semolina that is generally served with fish soup. Tasty! Every year, the last week of September, the town hosts the Cous Cous Fest. It’s a huge event that engages people from all over the world thanks to the entertainment (music, concerts, live performances, etc.) and an incredible couscous competition to choose the best chef of The Cous Cous World Championship.
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