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Cefalu is a captivating coastal town with a tangle of medieval streets and one of the best beachfronts in Sicily. Set at the feet of a gigantic rocky outcrop, the town is an idyllic blend of modern living and medieval heritage. Explore the majestic Duomo and its glorious mosaics, peer into the pretty churches that dot the Medieval District and climb to the ancient Temple of Diana, which commands spectacular views from the mountainside. With plenty of dining options available as well as some great wine bars close to the sea, Cefalu is perfectly suited to a longer escape. The energetic ambience and stunning scenery of this popular town are a great combination, making it the perfect destination for those seeking culture by the coast.
Cefalu is one of those Italian cities that unfolds from its cathedral. Luckily, you can’t miss the twin towers of Cefalu’s Norman behemoth as they tower above the coastal city.
From its stone steps, you’ve got two choices – head down to the beach or up to La Rocca. If it’s the beach you’re after, then follow the slimline streets to the waterfront. The closest beach is a snug hideaway shared by fishing boats. Head west for the main beach, which comes fully loaded with sunloungers and cafés. Alternatively, duck behind Cefalu Cathedral and make the trek up La Rocca. This scrubby mountain dishes up some of the best views in Sicily – plus the Ancient Greek Temple of Diana.
The closest airport to Cefalu is Palermo (PMO), which is about 1 hour 30 minutes from Cefalu. Direct flights to Palermo are available from London Gatwick and take approximately 2 hours 50 minutes.
Cefalu and the local area boast more than a hundred food and drink establishments, ranging from authentic osterie to modern restaurants that could rival the best in Sicily. Some of the most popular restaurants can be found spread between the Medieval District and the beachfront, and excel at serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients cooked into Mediterranean classics. Thanks to the seaside location, there is generally a focus on deliciously fresh seafood, with a local speciality dish being sardine pasta.
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