Just 40 kilometres east of Palermo, the magnificent Sicilian resort town of Cefalu seems almost to have risen from the azure sea. Jutting out into the ocean beneath dramatic cliffs, Cefalu holidays are impossibly picturesque, and the resort has as its centrepiece a beautiful Norman cathedral with twin towers and a gilded Byzantine interior.
As well as architectural beauty, Cefalu is naturally blessed, with a perfect half-moon beach of golden sands within walking distance of the town, and several other beautiful bays within easy reach. The gorgeous turquoise sea here is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving and whatever water sports you fancy, as well as boat trips to explore the coves along the coast. It’s also a great springboard for investigating further afield, perhaps via a trip to Mount Etna or Syracuse. For a Sicilian resort that really stands out for its beauty, history, cuisine and coastal romance, holidays to Cefalu are a very savvy choice.
Explore the cathedral
With two towers, the imposing, biscuit-coloured Cefalu cathedral dominates the centre of the town, and the interior is packed with glittering and glorious Byzantine mosaics.
Climb for a view
Walk up to the Temple of Diana, above the town. Built in the 4th century BC, it has incredible views across Cefalu and the coast.
Take an evening stroll
In the early evening, it’s the local tradition that everyone in town ambles up and down the promenade, for some friendly people-watching and plenty of beautiful sea views.