This was meant to be one of the first trips for me here in Sicilia, but things didn’t work out that way for a few reasons; I think it was best this way though. I got to see it at a more relaxed time, the weather wasn’t crazy hot, and there was a volleyball tournament going on that gave me a great chance to practice a different type of photography (more on the volleyball in another post).
San Vito Lo Capo is a great coastal community with a chill vibe. There are wide main streets intertwined with those great little alleys to wonder. Shops for clothing, souvenirs, and of course lots of restaurants and cafes are all over. I was lucky enough to get some great recommendations for restaurants and all-around had great meals there. Two excellent recommendations I’m happy to pass along are Crik & Crok (try the pesto) and Perfumi di Cous Cous (the signature cous cous was delicious). San Vito is known for cous cous, they have a big cous cous festival in late September, so if you visit do give it a try. I also had my first burger of Sicilia in San Vito, which was so good I went a second time. They’ve got everything from high-end dining, to quick bites, and great sweets. The cannoli in the Trapani area are my absolute favorite. They make them with a lighter shell, they’re almost flaky and so good! I tried a few places but once I found, or I should say actually tried, one claiming to be the best in town I just kept going back there; Pasticceria Peralta. Sorry, no website link for this one, but Google has the address as “Via Immacolata, 17, 91010 San Vito Lo Capo TP”. Looks right, it’s off a side street kind of on its own, but there are signs leading you to it too.
I think San Vito is a great place for anything from a family/solo vacation to a special getaway. There’s a gorgeous beach with great water, so of course all kinds of water activities (fishing, boating, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, snorkeling, scuba, etc.), rock climbing, hiking, biking, day trips to nearby islands, and lot more.
If you’re taking public transportation like I was there are direct buses from Palermo through Russo Autoservizi S.R.L., but check with them for times. When I went there were two a day, but I think it might go down to one further into the offseason. Another option by bus is one between Palermo and Trapani (Segesta) and then transfer to another bus company between Trapani and San Vito (AST), or a taxi if you don’t mind the cost (I have no idea what it would be, but it’s a good distance so probably pretty expensive). There are no trains to San Vito. Each way the direct line with Russo was just under 10 Euros when I went in Oct. 2019. Also, with Russo and AST you can pay the bus driver (bring small bills and/or change), but with Segesta, you need to buy a ticket from a business usually right next to the stop. Stops are another thing, not always easy to locate and sometimes not marked at all. From the Palermo side, the best stop is probably Cairoli, right next to the Palermo Centrale train station because it’s first and you’ll be sure to get a seat. There are other stops in Palermo though, so you might want to have a look for them if you’re staying in the city on either side of your trip. The other destinations are similar, with the Port (Porto or lo scafo as one driver referred to it) being the primary for Trapani. In San Vito, the stop is down where Via Pier Santi Mattarella meets Via Fratelli Maculati.
I give this information as my experience only. Hopefully it gives you a good guide though, information wasn’t the easiest to find and some I just had to stumble upon. Things change though, so do some homework before you go. With any luck Omio, Rome to Rio, or one of the other transportation apps will start including info on these lines to make it a little easier.