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Something about the Pineta of San Vito lo Capo


The crag of “La Pineta” (the pinewood) is in the majestic sea cliff of Salinella, between the stretch of Portella delle Vacche and the one of Torre Isulidda (Isulidda Tower). A fence, with a passage, cordons off the crag named "Pineta"  from the one named “The Camping”. Another fence, without any passage, cordons the Camping crag from the one of Portella delle Vacche.

The walls of “La Grotta” (The Cave) area, instead, are the border with the “Torre Isulidda” crag. Anyway, you can reach the Torre Isulidda crag, following a good path which traverses on the right, under the rock wall.

The walls of La Pineta have a respectable height: up to 30 meters.  For the most part, it’s West faced and is not sheltered by the sirocco (whereas the walls of the Camping are a bit sheltered). Thus this crag area is recommended in winter and in the mid-seasons. In summer you can climb there during the morning, except for the few routes of “La Grotta” (The Cave).

The routes go through beautiful vertical or slightly overhanging (a lot overhanging in the cave) walls of excellent limestone, sometimes cut through by corners and cracks.

The routes are more than 150, all with a very short and comfortable approach. The difficulties are low, middle, high and very high. The climbing style is various and enjoyable: crimps, buckets, pockets, tufas, cracks, corners.

The space under the rock wall is not always wide and comfortable. Thus pay attention to the children.



The nearest international airports to San Vito lo Capo are the one of Trapani and the one of Palermo. The airport of Trapani is the nearest one (45 minutes by car), but the airport of Palermo (60 minutes by car) offer much more international flights. Once at Trapani (or Palermo), it’s convenient to book a rental car to San Vito together with the flight, as the public transport from Trapani (or Palermo) is not regular. As an alternative, you can book a private transfer, and once you are in San Vito, you can get around on foot, or by a rental bicycle


You can take a ferry to Palermo from many harbors: Genova, Livorno,  Civitavecchia (near Roma), Napoli,  Salerno, or from Cagliari (in Sardegna). From Civitavecchia or Naples the ferry sets sail in the evening and arrive in the early morning. If you have a car, it’s convenient boarding with your car, or, as an alternative, booking a rental car to San Vito (or a private transfer).


From Palermo take the highway E90 toward Trapani, and exit to Castellammare del Golfo. Once at Castellammare del Golfo (SS 731) follow the signs to Custonaci, and take the SS187 road. Once at the fork to Custonaci, turn right and take the SP16 road. Continue on the SP16 road, up to San Vito lo Capo, crossing first Custonaci, then Purgatorio, then Castelluzzo, and finally Màcari.


From Trapani take the SS187 road toward San Vito lo Capo. Once at the fork to Custonaci, turn left and take the SP16 road.  Continue on the SP16 road, up to San Vito lo Capo, crossing first Custonaci, then Purgatorio, then Castelluzzo, Màcari, and finally San Vito.