Il Monte Monaco
Favignana wasn’t really that special of a place but San Vito Lo Capo has totally made up for it—beautiful location with nice looking beaches and bright, clear water. To top it off are some impressive mountains in the surrounding area. The one standing over the town is called Monte Monaco. Its summit is 580 metres high. We had arrived at the marina around 16:00 and after getting all tied up and paid for the night I had a chance to go exploring. It had been about a week since I last run so I was really eager to get moving. Sailing into the port I had the idea to get to the top of the mountain… if it was possible. I really had no idea how far it was even to the base of the mountain from the marina. I left around 16:45 and knew I had around 2 hours before we’d be eating dinner, so I thought I’d go and see how far I could make it with the time I had. As it turned out the base of the mountain was only around 4.5 km from the marina. To get there I just headed in the general direction, planning to figure it out along the way. I came up to one corner before the mountain where I was suspecting I should turn and along came a couple of villagers on bikes, cycling past. I asked them in my awfully limited Italian how to get to the trailhead to make it up the mountain. They just told me to follow them, implying they would show me on their way. So I ran alongside them as we continued down the road and they pointed out where they agreed was the correct road to the trailhead. I thanked them and was on my way. Looking up at the mountain then down at my watch I knew it would be possible to make it, though no walk in the park. There were a few switchbacks going up and some steep sections, rocky trails, arid bush and grass, but I kept on until I reached a narrow “road” that led me straight to the top. Aside from one couple I met on their way down, I had the whole mountain to myself. I pushed hard for the last two minutes nearing the peak and summited the mountain in pretty much an hour flat. It was 7 km start to finish. After taking some time to enjoy the view and get a few photos I ran the other 7 km back to the marina in another hour or so, just in time to have a nice shower before dinner!
If I had had more time I would have gone swimming in the attractive waters but opted for an evening of writing instead.