Sicily is Italy's largest island and famed for its beautiful beaches, cuisine, and fascinating history. Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Taormina may be the obvious destination for a holiday here but Cefalu, which is located a mere hour from Palermo is slowly creeping up on its famous sister resort.
Cefalu is a much smaller resort but still offers a lot for the potential tourist; not only are there wonderful beaches but a beautiful medieval heart with plenty of restaurants, shops and café’s to watch the world go by. The history of the town overshadows most of the more modern resorts along the coast and the grandeur from its past, makes it unique. The magnificent Piazza del Duomo, which is surrounded by typical pavement cafes and restaurants, houses Cefalù’s cathedral , a jewel in the Arab-Norman crown. The town is endowed with elegant buildings in a mixture of styles, which reflect Sicily's varied influences, from Norman to Byzantine, and Arab to European.
The picturesque harbour is also worth a mention and is a perfect spot to buy fresh fish. And for the food lover, Cefalu has a great reputation for its cuisine. From the famous Sicilian pastries to great pizza and pasta and famous Sicilian cheeses, there is plenty on offer.
For those venturing out of the town, there are kilometres and kilometres of gorgeous beaches and south of the town is the Madonie National Park with its enchanting villages, breathtaking scenery and impressive mountains and some wonderful walking.
All in all, Cefalù makes the perfect holiday destination; beautiful sunsets, unpretentious charm, great food and friendly locals.
Holiday Homes in Italy have a wide selection of self-catering properties in and around Cefalu, all carefully selected to ensure a perfect stay. Here are just a few ideas:Casa Blu - gorgeous town with terraces in the heart of medieval Cefalu
Casa Seaview - a 2 bed apartment with breathtaking seaviews in Cefalu
Il Genepro - stunning 5 bedroom house in the hills surrounding Cefalu
Villa Cefalu - luxury villa in a very peaceful location in the Madonie park, near Cefalu