Altitude 8m a.s.l
Alan James climbing Red Necks (6b) at Grotta di Cala Mancina, Scogliera di Salinella - North. © Daimon Beail
The Scogliera di Salinella is a stretch of coastline that runs for 4.5 km along the west coast of the San Vito Lo Capo peninsula. In this book it has been split into five separate areas for clarity of coverage. The north end is the most isolated section where the impressive cliff reaches up to 50m in places. The best of the climbing is in the mid-grades with some real classics on offer. There are a number of routes in the top grades, usually in or near the series of pear-shaped caves that are spread along this section of the cliff. Two areas have been developed with easier routes in the green spot range. The sectors are quite spread out in places and the undeveloped sections could well have routes added in future, many of which are likely to be in the more amenable grades.
The northern end of Scogliera di Salinella is best approached from parking spots to the north, which are reached by driving around the west side of San Vito Lo Capo. Drive into San Vito on the SP16. At the roundabout at the end of the section of dual carriageway, turn left. Drive straight down this road which winds up hill away from the town. Follow it all the way past the town to a T-junction and turn left. A little way down here the road turns sharply left again. At that point turn right onto a track. Follow this for 50m and then turn left onto a muddy track (after rain this track can be hard to cross). Use whichever track seems in the best condition at the time to the point where the tracks merge. Head left and past the corner of the housing area. A further 250m on is an area on the right by what appears to be a turning circle - park here. There are four further parking spots down this track but the going is increasingly rough and not advisable in a small hire car. All walk-in times are listed from the first parking spot.
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