Where to stay in San Vito lo Capo, Sicily? Timbuktu hostel.
In the small town of San Vito lo Capo there is only one hostel but this isn’t the only reason why you should choose Timbuktu. It’s clear as soon as you step foot in the door that there’s more to the hostel than the comfortable furniture, clean bedrooms, and modern finishes. It’s the people that gives the place a homey feeling.
When asked what makes Timbuktu hostel unique, owner Marco Peralta says ‘the love that we have.’
Peralta explains that when building the hostel he wasn’t thinking about a business but instead, a home for himself to live and this is exactly how the place feels, complete with Peralta’s Mamma making traditional Sicilian sweets in the communal kitchen.
After opening in early 2017 Marco now shares his home with guests from all over the world and his enthusiasm for his work is contagious. As employees and friends come and go from the room, he knows everyone by name and greets them like long lost friends, including the local baker who makes the pastries for possibly the best hostel breakfast on the face of the earth. “I do this because I love it.The moment I feel like I don’t want to do this anymore I’ll stop,” says Peralta.
Timbuktu’s main inspiration is promoting anti racism with Africa’s Timbuktu serving as a symbol. The City of Timbuktu was once the cultural centre of Mali where people would gather from all over the world. Peralta visited the city for a music festival and was struck by the artistic and intellectual side of the people who seemed so accepting of others. He wanted to open the hostel with the message that ‘we are brothers with Africa’ and not just for the fact that Sicily shares the same geographic location. So Timbuktu, San Vito lo Capo was born. Aside from the African themed decor with photos on the walls of the beautiful people he met on his trip, Timbuktu raises awareness of different cultures in other ways. Celebrating events such as the Ramadan period allows guests to experience not only the traditional Italian culture but also Africas.
At Timbuktu hostel they are working on a number of projects including a reforestation initiative to help bring some of the greenery back to the desert-like area of San Vito lo Capo. If you’re lucky enough to stay in the hostels ‘green bed’, 20% of your payment will go directly to the project.
Thanks to the communal living room, kitchen and outdoor garden and terrace, this hostel isn’t just a place to crash at the end of the day, it’s a home where you can socialise, meet travellers and locals, enjoy movie nights, celebrations, cocktails at the bar and even cooking. Although new on the scene as the first hostel in San Vito lo Capo, Peralta already has future plans to develop a roof top space and even a potential rock climbing wall.
Outdoor activities are the main agenda in San Vito lo Capo with everything from paddle boarding to diving, snorkling, sailing, hiking, horse riding and even ‘deep water climbing.’ The hostel can help guide you in choosing where to go to book tours and activities.
There really is no better place to stay in San Vito lo Capo. See their website for more information and bookings.
Via Pier Santi Mattarella, 199
91010 San Vito Lo Capo