The town of Cefalu is one of the main tourist resorts of Sicily; located on the north coast, about 70 km east of Palermo, and on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It lies at the foot of a rocky promontory, which is called “Rocca”.
The town, which is part of The Madonie Park, is included in the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy, a unique combination of small Italian towns that stand out among others for the great artistic, cultural and historical heritage, the harmony of the local people and local services.
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Cefalu was Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab (at that time it became Gafludi) and then Norman in 1063 AD
Several of the monuments date back from the time of the Norman King, Roger II:
The subsequent history of Cefalu can be likened to that of Sicily and the rest of Italy.
In 1752, we began to establish consulates abroad (France, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) and the city became a popular destination of the Grand Tour, for the rich, young European aristocracy who undertook the long journey to improve their education. A focal point was Italy, including Sicily.
In addition to nearly two miles of beach, lapped by the warm, clean sea, Cefalu attracts visitors with the charm of the old town and its 15 churches, palaces, streets, alleys and courtyards characteristic of its heritage.
At the heart of Sicily, but on the sea, Cefalu is a great starting point to visit the island, alternating short trips with relaxing days at the beach.
Palermo, Agrigento, Trapani, Erice, Segesta, Piazza Armerina, Tindari, the Aeolian and all the towns of the Madonie, are there to explore with their unique traditions, culture, food and wine.
The sub-tropical climate means that the average temperature throughout the year is 18 degrees Celsius in January month with “cold” (but the average temperature is about 12 degrees!). August is the hottest month.
Countless restaurants and pizzerias, quality gelato and pastry shops, combined with the beautiful beaches, will make your stay unforgettable.