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Impressions of Cefalu

Cefalù is perhaps unique in Sicily for its perfect combination of holidays at the beach and mountain excursions. But that is not all: Cefalu is also known around the world for its historic old town center and its famous Norman cathedral. Cefalu even stands at the entrance to the Madonie, Sicily's second-largest nature reserve.

So it's no surprise that Cefalu has a wide variety of hotels and private apartments to stay in. No one has to sleep out under the stars in Cefalù – unless they want to!

These Trip Tipp photos show you the unique combination of mountains, beaches, and medieval history on offer.

Cefalu's long beach is not just for swimming and suntans: surfing is popular, too - more...
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In Cefalu the long, sandy beach and the historic old town touch each other - more...
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Early morning hours on the beach in Cefalu waiting for swimmers - more...
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From La Rocca you can see just how long the beach is in Cefalu - more...
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From La Rocca you can see a full view of the shape of the coast in Cefalu - more...
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In old times one walked through the "Porta Pescara", gateway to the old port of Cefalu - more...
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The old port of Cefalu. You can see the old entrance gate, the "Porta Pescara" - more...
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These openings in the wall of the old port of Cefalu are gateways to the world - more...
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Right next to the old town center in Cefalù is a massive rock – "La Rocca" - more...
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The marina in Cefalu on the eastern side of La Rocca - more...
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On "La Rocca", there was once a fortress. Today it offers stunning views. - more...
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A breathtaking view from La Rocca of the rooftops in Cefalu's historic town center - more...
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The castle put by the Normans on top of La Rocca - more...
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Just as amazing as the walls of the fortress are the rocky slopes of La Rocca - more...
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This wall blocked conquerors on their way up the Rock - more...
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Today the fortress is inhabited by peaceful butterflies like this one - more...
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In the old town center of Cefalu where the path up the Rock begins - more...
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An evening at one of the restaurants between the beach and the city center - more...
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The square in front of Cefalu Cathedral is a popular meeting-place for tourists and locals alike - more...
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Cefalu Cathedral marks the center of the old city center. The Trip Tipp photographer captures some detail - more...
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One of the many well-preserved medieval buildings in Cefalu's city center - "Osterio Magno" - more...
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In Cefalu you can find not only buildings from the medieval period, but also this outdoor "laundry" - more...
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This staircase leads up from Cefalu's medieval washing site and out into the light - more...
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Entrance to the Church of Purgatory (Chiesa del Purgatorio) - more...
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Railing outside the entrance to the Church of Purgatory (Chiesa del Purgatorio) - more...
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The flat cap (coppola storta) in olden times was a symbol of the mafia. Today it has been reclaimed by the anti-mafia movement - more...
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Fish in Cefalu are even sold straight from the Vespa, saving the fishmonger some legwork - more...
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The medieval roots of Cefalu are seen in streets like these - more...
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Linens, linens everywhere – as far as the eye can see - more...
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In Italy, they may drive like maniacs but at least they're in toy cars - more...
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This photo dates from January 2012 when Cefalu was still in Christmas mode - more...
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Our Trip Tipp photographer caught this maternal feline at the Bastione di Capo Marchiafava - more...
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