Introduction

Occupying the tip of Capo San Vito is the seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, full of beachcombers and sun worshippers in summer. San Vito is renowned for its crescent-shaped sandy beach, one of the prettiest in Sicily, where limpid turquoise and ultramarine waters are juxtaposed against the dramatic mountain backdrop of Monte Monaco.

Excellent local hiking opportunities include the 3km ascent of Monte Monaco (about 2½ hours round trip; look for the trailhead just southeast of San Vito) and the splendid coastal trails of Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro, whose northern entrance lies about 10km southeast of San Vito. San Vito has also blossomed as a climbing destination in recent years, with a variety of challenging crags just outside town and an autumn climbing festival drawing enthusiasts from throughout the Mediterranean.