A small fishing town a few kilometres from Trapani, San Vito Lo Capo displays obvious Arabic and Spanish influence.
Its characteristic low white houses, shaded from the sun and wind and shrouded in bougainvillea, hibiscus, jasmine and orange and lemon trees, are captivating.
The town immediately calls to mind the far shores of the Mediterranean – North Africa – as if uprooted and transpoted here to Sicily.
But looking out over the sea the scene is tropical - 2km of fine white sand to delight sea lovers with its emerald-green sea stretching far out and sparkling under the sun.
Where the beach finishes there is a little outcrop of rocks which peek out of the water – a truly memorable sight as the waters change from turquoise green to emerald.
This is a unique part of the world made even more so by the traces ancient civilisations have left here.
Yet, the origins of San Vito Lo Capo are not clear, losing trace as we go back in time. The first records start in 1400 when the sanctuary/fort was built to host pilgrims and defend the town from bandits and barbarian privateers.
The Cappella di Santa Crescenza is an extremely beautiful Arabic style chapel situated on the main road to Macari, also used as coastal protection.
The watch towers at Impiso, Torrazzo, Sceri, Roccazzo and Isolidda are of particular interest historically and architecturally. Built in 1584, they were designed to look out over all the coastline.
Go to San Vito for the annual Cous Cous festival
The marine museum provides a popular tourist attraction as does the fascinating Secco Tunny Fishery, active up to 1969.
Local fishermen still tell of the great tunny fishing times – happy days when San Vito Lo Capo was known for being one of the most prolific fisheries in Sicily.
With thanks to Feedback - Strategie per Comunicare, Palermo