San Vito lo Capo is a town that lies on the north-west coast of Sicily, just a short distance from the capital of the province, Trapani. The town is a popular tourist spot and very much a destination for lovers of the great outdoors; being close to the mountains, the sea and a nature reserve. San Vito lo Capo also has a white-sand beach and some of the best amenities in the region, so is ideal for self-caterers.
One of the main draws of San Vito lo Capo is its public beach, where you can relax on the white sands and enjoy the unspoilt views out to sea. Some of the best holiday rental options in San Vito lo Capo are close to the beach, so you may even get to enjoy these views whilst having your breakfast or evening meal.
Alongside tourism, farming is a key part of the local economy, and you can sample the local produce in one of the many restaurants near the beach. Cafe Europa is a particularly popular spot with foreign visitors, and is renowned for its excellent Panini con Panelle (chickpea fritters).
San Vito lo Capo can also be used as a base for an outdoor adventure holiday, with high-quality climbing options for be found in the nearby mountain range. Those with considerable experience and suitable equipment can even explore the numerous caves that are hidden within the mountains, with one of the most famous and notorious of these being the ‘Cave of the Dead Goat’.
Just a short distance from San Vito lo Capo is the Dello Zingaro Nature Reserve – which was the first of its kind in Sicily and stretches 7km along the coastline. The reserve is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including a series of rare plants and many birds of prey. Several museums can be found around this area, and offer a good opportunity to learn about the local plant and animal life before heading out and exploring.
With Trapani just 38km away it is an obvious choice for a day trip when staying in a San Vito lo Capo villa, and the capital of the province can be reached in just under an hour by car. The city has long been an important fishing port and sampling the freshly caught tuna in a Trapani restaurant is a must. There are also a number of historical sites of inertest to be seen, including a series of 14th century churches.
The climate in San Vito lo Capo is a typical Mediterranean climate – warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. July and August are the hottest months with a daily average temperature of 26C, whilst January and February are the coldest, with an average of 12C. Rainfall is at its lowest in the height of summer.
Palermo Airport is the nearest airport to San Vito lo Capo, being 87km around the coast. The airport receives a Ryanair flight from London Stansted and an easyJet flight from London Gatwick, so visitors should be able to get to their self-catering accommodation at a bargain price. These flights are cheapest when booked well in advance. Ryanair have also started offering flights to Trapani Airport (TPS), so it may pay to search around.