A tourist guide to the town of Cefalu, Sicily

Cefalù,©Gianni Capra/Flickr

Cefalù,©Gianni Capra/Flickr

Travel to Sicily and discover one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, the beautiful medieval town of Cefalu located in the shadow of the Madonie Mountains. The town has a narrow and winding beach, lovely medieval streets and excellent restaurants which are overlooking the rocky coastline. Cefalu boasts with one of the most outstanding churches in the southern part of Europe, the Norman-Arab-Byzantine cathedral. Visit the mysterious ruins of fortresses and Greek temples surrounded by an ancient atmosphere. Go for a hike in the mountains and enjoy a spectacular view from the top.

Ancient buildings in Cefalu

The medieval town of Cefalu has been built on the ruins of an ancient Greek and Sicanian settlement. Originally its name was Cephaloedion which means cape in Greek. The town has many remains and items which prove the existence of ancient cultures. Such items are exhibited in the local museum and they can be found in local architecture such as the Temple of Diana which is said to be one of the oldest buildings in Sicily. Another admirable construction to be found in Cefalu is the 12th century cathedral, with its abbey and cloister which can be visited by the public. The church has Gothic features together with Arab, Byzantine and Norman influences.

Cefalù, ©Dan Bock/Flickr

Cefalù, ©Dan Bock/Flickr

Ruins and medieval buildings

The ruins of the Temple of Diana, a sicanian building can be found on the top of a mountain near the ruins of a fortress. The construction of which foundation can be dated back to the 9th century BC bears several Roman and Greek elements. There are many other medieval buildings in Cefalu such as the lavatoio, a medieval wash house and the Great Guesthouse which was often used by King Roger. If you would like to see more ancient historic artifacts and items we recommend you pay a visit at the Mandralisca Museum where you can have a look at an extensive collection of natural objects, archeology and art.

Roman ruins, ©BAMCorp/Flickr

Roman ruins, ©BAMCorp/Flickr

Yet more medieval

If you haven’t had enough medieval culture and history we suggest you visit the town of Castelbuono, which is located about 20 km from Cefalu and has an incredible medieval castle which ones belonged to the Ventimiglia family.

Getting around and accommodation at Cefalu

Cefalu has several lovely restaurants and dining places which offer seafood and many other local delicacies.

Cefalù,©Gianni Capra/Flickr

Cefalù,©Gianni Capra/Flickr

If you prefer something less green and not from the sea there are pizzerias as well. You can go shopping in downtown or visit the beach in the afternoons for between 1-4 pm the museums and the cathedral is closed. You can pick and book you accommodation easily online and also plan your flight, rent a car and get informed about the best restaurants and sights in Cefalu and the surrounding region.

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