From the foot of San Vito lo Capo, on its eastern side, this mountain rises majestically, ready to protect the town and keep it within its rock walls, ready to be discovered by lovers of adventures immersed in nature.
For some years a path has been restored, once used by shepherds and farmers to carry out their work, which allows you to reach the top of the mountain in about an hour and a half.
The Trekking route on Monte Monaco San Vito lo Capo starts behind the town, on the Mondello municipal road, where you can find a large sign that marks the beginning of the path and that informs you about all the notions and curiosities to know that to start the journey with the right knowledge.
Along the way, you immerse yourself more and more in the beautiful Mediterranean flora, rich in dwarf palms and with small wooded areas. The vegetation is very sparse, but proudly displays its beauty with the variety of species that bloom all year round. You will find excellent signs that will lead you step by step to discover every glimpse of the mountain accompanying you to the top.
After a complete immersion in the scents and colors of the beautiful nature, right near the top you will find the remains of a disused marble quarry. These quarries have provided calcareous and compact stones dating back to the Jurassic period, with a characteristic red-brown color, among the most popular of the Baroque in all of Sicily, the magnificent cave di Rosso San Vito, better known as the Contorrana quarries.
Continuing your journey you will begin to glimpse a large cross that will make you understand that you have finally arrived at the top of Monte San Vito lo Capo. To welcome you there will be a beautiful view that the whole world can envy. On one side you can admire Erice, Mount Cofano and the whole coast to the south-west, to the east you will see the beautiful San Vito lo Capo up to the Gulf of Castellammare, to the south the ridge of Monte Speziale up to Monte Sparagio and to the north the beautiful Mar Tyrrhenian.
After having tasted this evocative 360 ° view of Sicily, we will be ready to leave again descending from the opposite side of San Vito lo Capo Monte Monaco, coming downhill as far as via Zarbo di Mare. Once at the foot of the mountain, to reach San Vito lo Capo it will take another hour and a half in which to enjoy the view.
- Lenght: 8,71 km
- Duration: 4 h
- Difficulty: E (Hike)
- Maximum altitude: 508 m
- Minimum altitude: 13 m
- Ascent height difference: 513 m
- Descent height difference: -540 m
- Maximum slope uphill: 13,3%
- Maximum descent slope: -7,8%
General notes for excursions
A short meeting will be held at the meeting place with the participants to explain the planned itinerary in its various aspects and remember the anti-contagion rules from Covid-19 in force.
We remind you that all participants must be equipped with a mask (to be worn in case of regulatory need) and gel disinfectant. In case of more than 20 people, the groups will be divided into 2 groups and each group will be assigned 2 companions who will have the task of guiding the excursion and supervising compliance with the membership rules.
To participate in the excursion it is mandatory to have trekking boots, with non-slip treaded sole (Vibram type), medium / high ankle, waterproof (Goretex type recommended); then it is necessary to have a mountain backpack, (recommended with padded shoulder straps, backrest with structure possibly detached from the back), with unloading belt at the waist. For day trips the right capacity is 20-30 liters (must be large enough to hold food, water, anorak, fleece sweater, hat, gloves, headlight, whistle, first aid kit, personal medications and more), in general it should not go under the butt or over the head. For multi-day treks, however, a larger backpack (40-50 liters) is required. The use of trekking poles is recommended and recommended as they increase safety.
In the mountains you have to dress according to the season, but always be ready for changes in the weather. So, in addition to the clothing you wear (comfortable and resistant light trousers or bermuda shorts - no jeans! -, socks, light and breathable short-sleeved t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt) you must always put material for the sun in your backpack (sunglasses, sun hat with visor, sunscreen, sunscreen lips), cold (fleece sweater, gloves, tubular fleece band), wind (light and waterproof windbreaker), rain (cape, or waterproof jacket and trouser covers, leggings). Of course, if you go to the mountains in winter you must bring warm and warm clothing and do not forget gloves, winter hat, headband or scarf for the throat.
Finally, do not forget to always bring a bottle with water (at least 1-1.5 liter, no carbonated drinks! In winter, hot tea is recommended), an energy snack (dried fruit, cereal bars, chocolate), food for lunch at bag (sandwiches with cold cuts, cheese, parmesan, fruit, etc.) picnic kit (non-polluting).
NOTE: avoid drinking milk in the morning, as it can cause stomach problems in the car/bus.
Below you will find the PDF of the Disclaimer of Liability Declaration, to download and fill in.
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