WELCOME TO CEFALU

Welcome to Cefalù!

It is no big surprise that Cefalu is extremely popular as a highly-rated destination in Sicily. It provides everything you could want by way of attractions, charm and beaches. Some will arrive here with the intention of doing nothing more than relaxing on the beach – and there are few beaches better than the ones you will find here. However there are opportunities to do much more than this, as you can see from this article.

Make no mistake: a break in Cefalu provides the chance to explore beyond this historic city. However if all you wish to do is stay local you won’t be disappointed or bored by doing so. It is up to you how you approach your stay in Cefalu, but whatever you do you can be assured of the best service and best selection of villas to book direct with Massimo Villas today!

DAY TRIP

Day Trips and Tours from Cefalù

If you wish to explore beyond Cefalu you can head directly south to reach Madonie Regional Natural Park. Another option is to catch a train that takes you to Palermo, the capital of Sicily.

There is also the possibility of booking a few day trips out on organised tours. Ideas for this would include options to visit Mount Etna and Agrigento. If you wish to visit the Aeolian Islands you can do this quite easily from Cefalu as well. The sailings are not provided all year round so do check availability prior to booking your holiday if you wish to make sure you can do this for the day.

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The Top Attractions in Cefalù

Cefalu dates back to Greek times, although it had a somewhat rocky history to begin with. Evidence of it appears and disappears throughout history but it has all led to the beautiful city that exists today.

One of the finest sights you can look forward to is undoubtedly the cathedral. Its official name is the Cathedral-Basilica of Cefalu, and it holds a dominant position within the city itself. It is almost a thousand years old and has no doubt seen many changes and plenty of drama during that time. Both the interior and exterior of the cathedral are quite impressive, and it is worth visiting at dusk to see the cathedral lit in all its glory, with the sky reducing to a deepening blue behind it.

While you are visiting the cathedral do find the time to appreciate Piazza Duomo as well. This is a delightful corner of Cefalu, attractively finished with flourishing palm trees and offering several places where you can order a drink or snack and enjoy a good view of the cathedral itself.

If you are partial to visiting the occasional museum on holiday, you will find just the one in Cefalu. This is the Mandralisca Museum, named after the Baron of the same name who was quite the art collector. It appears small to begin with but each room gives way to another series of rooms boasting yet more artefacts. Perhaps the finest and most famous item here is the portrait of an unknown man, which has been likened by many to the Mona Lisa, even though it is far less famous.

Another of the main attractions here is Cefalu itself. The city has largely developed around its historical roots. These remain today as the classic historic centre, while the more modern elements of it have developed and spread out over the years. Do make sure you pay particular attention to the old town, since it is made up of some character-filled streets that wind their way around the area. Some are quite narrow with buildings rising up above you on either side, while others lend their way to the discovery of a charming café with outdoor tables, or perhaps a small row of shops.

From the beach you will no doubt look up to the rocky crag that dominates the skyline over Cefalu itself. For an altogether different view of the city you can head to the top of the crag (known as La Rocca) when the weather is reasonable. Doing it on a very hot day is inadvisable, and whenever you do it you should take ample supplies of water and the odd snack too. It isn’t a long journey to reach the top but it is a steep climb.

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A City Millions of Tourists Flock to Every Year

Its position on the coast facing the Tyrrhenian Sea is no doubt just one of the reasons why tourists choose Cefalu as their holiday destination each year. When you first see Cefalu – even if you only do so initially in pictures online – you will realise why it is a popular holiday spot. It offers that heady mix of history and modern Sicilian charm, which makes for the ideal combination for holidaymakers looking to find lots of things to see and do during their time in Sicily.