Cefalù, Sicily


The minute we arrived in Cefalù, I knew that it was somewhere that I wanted to spend a lot of time. I remember thinking that I wished we were staying there instead of in Palermo.

The town is full of pretty little backstreets, lined with small trattorias, cafes and boutiques selling souvenirs and local wares. It is such a happy holiday place to be. In the centre of the old town is a piazza surrounded by gelaterias and pizzerias and is also where the cathedral stands. We unfortunately didn’t get to go in the beautiful building, as there was a wedding taking place but that was quite fun to watch anyway, as all of the guest came out in their fine wear, smiling and throwing confetti.

There are plenty of things to keep you occupied in Cefalù. The beach is fantastic with absolutely stunning views. Although, it had been so long since I’d actually been on a beach – other than San Vito lo Capo the previous day – that i would have loved it regardless. All of the little backstreets and shops we actually discovered by accident on our way down from hiking La Rocca (another fantastic thing to do – I wrote about it here.). We drive into the tiny town whilst looking for a suitable parking space before lunch and drove into the tiny town, ending up herding up chattering old ladies like cattle and ushering them out of the way, much to our own frustration/amusement!


When we did finally find a parking spot, next to a random rodeo that was happening, we wandered down to the beachfront to find a simple restaurant where we shared a salad and a pizza before hitting the sand to sleep it off.


Before we left Cefalù, we meandered back through the little streets – on foot this time – tasting some pistachio gelato and nosing in the shops and we found a lovely bar in a little bay at the end of the beach to grab a coffee in before the drive back to Palermo.

I really didn’t want to leave. Cefalù is such a lovely little town to spend the day in that I wished that I could extend the trip for a whole weekend. I’ll definitely go back one day.