5 reasons to visit Cefalù, Sicily

 Well hello to you my reader chums! Sicily has to be one of my favourite places in Italy I've visited to date and I can't wait to explore more of it as it's such a large island. I stayed in Palermo and in the short time I was there, I explored the city and beyond, including the gorgeous town of Cefalù.

Cefalù is one of the prettiest places I've ever visited and a town I'd happily return to over and over. It's a town which encapsulated the vibe of Sicily, matched with its beauty and food scene. If you're staying in Palermo and looking for a new place to visit, Cefalù should be top of your list and here's why.

5 reasons to visit Cefalù, Sicily

The short distance to Palermo

When flying into Italy, typically visitors either go to Palermo or Catania as the two most popular places (although there are other, smaller airports to choose from). From Palermo, Cefalù is only around a 45-minute journey on the train - and goes by super quickly. The Italian train system is a winner for all and one of my favourite ways to explore Italy because it's cheap, fast, super clean and easy to find your way. A round ticket to Cefalù from Palermo is around the £12 mark and tickets can either be bought online or at the station. 

Just look out for the board at the station for which of the trains go to Cefalù and you'll be there in no time. When you arrive in the town, the main hub is under a 10-minute walk away and a wonder to the eyes.

Gorgeous sandy beaches

Get your sandy beach fix in Cefalù. The town boasts a long stretch of golden sands, right next to the town's main hub with stunning views out to the ocean. It's got a combination of sunlounger beaches and stretches of sand to do your own thing. The water is super clear and honestly, the entire beach looks and feels like pure heaven. You could easily spend hours soaking up the Italian sunshine on the sands.

Cute Italian town vibe about it

I don't think I've fallen in love with an Italian town as quickly as I did with Cefalù. Palermo has a complete old-school and rustic appeal to it, whilst Cefalù does have hints of that with a slightly fresher look, and it's picture-perfect in every way. The town boasts many quaint, cobblestone walkways, packed with restaurants, gelato shops, cafes and boutique shops; there was so much to see. I was only there for a few hours but could have easily spent the day or more getting to grips with the local town, its people and the food scene.

Its rich history 

With its picturesque narrow streets, beautiful beach scene and magnificent piazzas, there's no wonder Cefalù is teeming with historical significance. The town is renowned for being a film location including Giuseppe Tornatore’s film Cinema Paradiso. Cefalù is a hub for many historical landmarks including the Arab-Norman Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, dating back to the 12 century, home to many archaeological artefacts in the Madralisca Museum plus many other spots like the puppet theatre. You'll leave Cefalù have learnt a lot more about the town's history.

Paradise for foodies

Food is heaven in Italy and I can honestly say in Sicily that pride shines through every meal I ate, and Cefalù was no different. The level of food there was varied and fresh and I could feel the heart of it as the scent lingered out of every restaurant. There are many markets selling fresh produce, plus local wineries serving up Sicilian wine. I definitely had one of the best gelatos during my time in Cefalù from a place called Piccolo Gelato - and I want to eat that ice cream all over again.

5 reasons to visit Cefalù, Sicily

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you considered visiting Cefalù?

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