The Italian island of Sicily is home to a range of wonderful settings for your next getaway, and Cefalu is no exception. It's well known for its stunning sunsets, relaxed charm and for having everything that you could wish for from a Mediterranean seaside town. Throughout history, the town has been under many a significant ruler and the place retains a sense of grandeur without losing its local charm. As well as the many cultural facets there also plenty of opportunities to relax when you visit Cefalu. This highly rated destination is loved by locals as well as those who come from the mainland and further afield. Don't be the one to miss out on this stunning destination and book your trip with easyJet holidays today.
Mount Etna is the most popular attraction on the island and no visit to Sicily would be complete with taking in the wonder that is Europe's largest and most active volcano. Don't worry, even though the volcano is still active, it hasn't erupted for hundreds of years, and modern technology can now predict when it will rumble.
You can reach the base of the volcano by either public transport or by renting a car or driving there yourself. There are several ways you can choose to get to the summit. The most adventurous way is of course to hike – though this is quite challenging. There are cable cars, electric motorbikes and 4x4s which can assist you to the summit. Watch out for the lava lakes when you're heading up the volcano. Alternatively, stop by at one of the several cafés and restaurants where you can take in the view.
Palermo is the capital of the island and is located in the north stretch of coast. It's a large city with plenty to do and should be visited when you're on the island. It's well connected by trains, so you won't have any problem reaching it. Even though the city is of a reasonable size, most of the attractions are located within walking distance of each other. Some of the highlights to put on your to-do list are Quattro Canti (the symbolic crossroads at the centre of the old town), Catacombe dei Cappuccini (the catacombs are home to hundreds of mummies for centuries past) and The Gesu Church.
Trapani is on the western coast of Sicily and boasts some of the most stunning sunsets on the island. It's an under-visited destination and retains an incredibly local and authentic feel. Some of the sites include a 17th Century watchtower, a pretty harbour and lots of quaint cobbled streets that you can easily explore on foot.
Visit the cathedral
It has been said that Cefalu is one large attraction, with each corner boasting a new delight to explore. Begin your adventure by heading down to the harbour, which looms in the shadows of the historic cathedral. The imposing two-towered structure dominates the skyline of the town and is still the most visited building you'll find in the local area.
Situated close to the harbour is the Rocca. This gargantuan crag is essentially a cliff that hangs over the principle and busiest square in the town, making for a spectacular sight. You can climb to the top if you’re feeling adventurous – take a bottle of water and don't attempt it in very hot weather. Late afternoon is a great time to climb the crag to watch the sunset from the top. The summit is home to the Temple of Diana, an ancient stone structure carved in a megalithic style.
Browse the museums
The main museum in the town is Museo Mandralisca. It's a nice small offering that won't take you too long to look around, making it an enjoyable way to pass half an hour out of the midday sunshine. There is a large collection of local artefacts that date back thousands of years, all of which have a connection to the town or the surrounding area.
Beaches in Cefalu
Il Lungomare beach is over 5km long and perfect for those who want to relax in unspoilt surroundings with a drink in hand. The beach is well equipped with beds and umbrellas and there are plenty of bars and cafés for food and refreshments. The Mazzaforno beach is a little further from the centre of town but can be an option if Il Lungomare gets a little crowded in the summer. As a collection of small bays, it has a quainter feel to it than its counterparts. Settefrati beach is a favourite with the local residents and there are plenty of amenities around should you need them. Saint’Ambrogio has two single beaches and although they are a bit further away from the centre of town they very rarely get crowded even in the busier summer season – great for those seeking total relaxation.
Food options are plentiful here and you won't be disappointed with the quality. The standard of food is generally very good in Sicily and the prices in the smaller towns like Cefalu are also favourable.
Restaurants in Cefalu
Some of the best restaurants in the town include, but are by no means limited to, Ristorante La Brace, Al Porticciolo and La Locanda del Marinaio. It's good to note that most of the more formal restaurant close after lunch and then reopen again in the evening. But don't worry too much, they will always be some places open to satisfy your appetite for delicious Italian food.
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