Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 2, 2022

A beautiful Sicilian beach

San Vito lo Capo is a stunning seaside town on the north east coast of Sicily. We dropped in on our way from Marsala to the airport in Palermo on our April trip.

The town sits at the foot of Monte Monaco, a dramatic backdrop for the gorgeous 3 kilometre strip of white sand beach. We drove past this impressive rocky outcrop on the way into town.


The photos don’t do the beach or the sea justice. The water is crystal clear and the most gorgeous turquoise colour.

The lighthouse opposite the beach dates from 1859. It is possible to visit.

The town centre has parks, lots of restaurants, cafes and shops. Plenty to keep visitors busy.

We enjoyed our final Sicilian lunch before heading off to the airport.

We couldn’t help admiring the effort put into this front yard near the beach.

Swimming is the main activity for visitors to San Vito lo Capo. The Sicilian word for those who spend hours in the sea is arripudduti, wrinkly people. I have fond memories of my prune like fingers after surfing for hours in my youth.

We were in this lovely town for only a few hours. On a return visit we will be sure to see more.

On the list of things to see next time is a fortress dedicated to the martyr San Vito in the centre of town, the nearby nature reserve, Riserve dello Zingaro and Bue Mariano’s Cove, named the most beautiful in Italy in 2015.

The photo of the cove is not mine, but I wish it was. I would love to explore this gorgeous place.

If you go in September you will find the annual Cous Cous Festival, 10 days of fun and feasting.

I think late spring would be the best time to visit. The summer crowds would spoil the beach experience. I can see why this is a popular place for beach lovers. I would love to return and dive into the clear turquoise water.


  1. A beautiful town and beach. Worth a visit! Thank you for sharing

    • We were very impressed with the beach. I wish I had time to dive into the water.

  2. I have wanted to visit Sicily for a long time Debra. I really loved my time in June in Tuscany. I especially loved Lucca. I think my daughter is going to study abroad in Italy. She fell in love too! And your friend is amazing! I really enjoyed our time there.

    • Sicily is full of delightful places to visit. I want to go back to this area, stay in Trapani, and explore more.

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