lauantai 6. lokakuuta 2012

Beaches of San Vito Lo Capo

Mika Huhtamaki

No more climbing! Actually we have enjoyed a lot our climbing time at San Vito Lo Capo and the main reason for giving up the rock for the day is that we are running out of time. Sadly our the flight is leaving back to home already in the afternoon.

Finally on the last day of our visit it is time for us to see what is the true spirit of the city. We heard rumours that best beaches of Sicily are here at San Vito Lo Capo. Reputation of the beaches is widely known among the Italian sunbathers who are also representing the majority of the tourists. As a result the whole city is packed with sunbathers during August. Luckily it is not August.

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The main beach is located at the northern side of the city. I'm not a sunbather but I have to admit that I understand why people come here. The beach is absolutely huge. Nice and smooth sand covers basically the whole northern coastline and it is not just long, it's also wide. And on top of that the sea water is crystal clear and the bottom deepens slowly and gradyally.

Surprisingly the sea water was still warm, +23 celcius degrees during October. This is not the common case, luckily we had been able to enjoy the extraordinary warm weather during the visit here. Normally the temperature during early October is more likely 24 celcius degrees but during the week we have been enjoying temperatures between 27 to almost 30 degrees.

Popularity of the city can be seen also from hoter and apartment prising during the prime time at August. As an exmple our apartment would have cost about 1200€ per week and as a comparison the very same apartment was 390€ per week on October. But of course October is not usually the best month for enjoying sun and beaches, still it is definitely a great month for climbers.

Back to climbing. I bet that San Vito Lo Capo will enjoy a growing interest among climbers during the upcoming years. Reason for that is simple, untouched rock, huge amount of potential for new sport climbing routes and good potential for multipitch routes. I recommend the place. Still my secret hope is that it would stay slightly out of the focus of the majority of climbers and the rock would stay in a fresh condition. Anyway the growing interst can be seen already from the climbing festival that is attracting more and more climbers to the great Mediterranean rock.

Ciao for the next time!

See our photos:
Sicily 6.10.2012

Mika Huhtamaki / Author & Editor

Mika Huhtamäki is a part time amateur rock climber, mountain biker and a snowboarder from Finland who travels often in Italy.

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