Cefalù is an enchanting town whose cathedral stands so high on a rocky promontory that it has been a navigational landmark for ships for the last 1,000 years.
The extensive sandy beaches, overlooked by craggy cliffs, inspired the Norman conquerors of Sicily to found Cefalù as their capital city 1,000 years ago. Only later did they transfer command to the ancient capital, Palermo.
In Cefalù they left behind not only a magnificent cathedral, but an intriguing medieval town which remains unspoiled to this day. The rare combination of broad beaches and medieval streets has made Cefalù – like Taormina - one of the most popular holiday destinations in Sicily.
Cefalu is nowadays considered the capital of the mountainous Madonie region, one of the largest protected natural areas in the Mediterranean. Cefalù is therefore the perfect destination for a beach holiday and a holiday in the mountains, both at once.
The following pictures give you an impression of the holiday destination Cefalu. The captions tell you where the photo was taken. The colours and numbers refer to the markers on the street map below.
Apartments offer you the greatest amount of freedom during your holidays in Sicily. In Cefalù, several such apartments can be found inside a traditional Sicilian villa:
Cefalu is known for its wonderful sandy beach as well as its historic city center. But what is often overlooked is that Cefalù is also the biggest city in the Madonie – Sicily's second-largest nature reserve.
Find out more on the page: Things to see in Cefalu.
Anyone can visit Cefalu without a single word of Italian. But wouldn't it be nice to pick up a bit of the world's most beautiful language? No problem - in Cefalù is a highly-respected language school right next to the town's famous beach.
Find out more on the page: Learn Italian in Cefalù.
So you find yourself tempted by Cefalù? Then the only real question is: How do I get there? Because it is so close to Palermo, going by Trenitalia or by car is a cinch.
Details are on the page: How to get there.
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