Hotel Piccolo Mondo, San Vito Lo Capo ***
A stone's throw from the beach, two-star hotel in a quiet, pedestrian area of San Vito Lo Capo. Hotel Piccolo Mondo, San Vito Lo Capo, from ahotelinitaly.com. View hotel
Double rooms from €45
Villaggio Cala Mancina, San Vito lo Capo ****
This hotel in San Vito Lo Capo is the perfect place for families looking for a beach holiday with plenty of fun outdoor activities. Set in the holiday village of Cala Mancina, on the north-west coast of the island, this hotel in Sicily is surrounded by leafy gardens and overlooks... View hotel
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Hotel Mira Spiaggia, San Vito Lo Capo ***
The Hotel Mira Spiaggia is located in San Vito Lo Capo, in north western Sicily. Boasting its own private beach, you can relax away from the bustle of the busy season and enjoy the calm and secluded nature of this special spot. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided on a... View hotel
Double rooms from €160
Head as far northwest as you can in Sicily, without toppling over into the blue waters of the Mediterranean, and you hit the town of San Vito lo Capo just before you hit the cape (lo capo) itself. This is a beautiful and still unspoiled part of Sicily (though far from a wilderness, with some very good campsites and pensioni, as well as lots of places to eat). There's good value and a fair diversity too, everything from cheap beachfront eateries, to trattorie, bars and some very nice restaurants.
San Vito lo Capo is a small place, a primarily agricultural town, though now with as much of an emphasis on tourism, and there are fewer than 4000 permanent inhabitants. The cape is carpeted with olive groves, and the local oil and olives are very good. It's a beautiful setting, with San Vito lying sheltered in a valley between soaring mountains. To the back of the town, as you gaze eastward, a small range of mountains shelters the cape, and at the top of the northernmost peak stands a large cross, so large you can see it from the beach below. This is an excellent climb for the fitter visitor, and there are also innumerable caves - though we'd caution that proper gear and a professional guide are a must. You can do a little background reading on the caves in 'Caverna della Capra Guasto' (or 'cave of the dead goat') by Christian D'Angelo and William Spears, the first known people to have explored the cave.
Mountain exploration aside, most visitors will head straight for the excellent public beach. But don't become too seduced by the sun, sea and sand - there is beautiful coastline, countryside and towns to explore. Put Marsala, Trapani, Erice and Castellmare del Golfo on your itinerary. Sicilian cuisine is superb too, an eclectic mix of the expected Italian and the surprising and delightful North African and Greek (and much more). There are great wines too, with the sweet Marsala a delight on a warm Autumn evening ... or pretty much anytime!