The ancient city of Cefalù is located near Palermo, in the north-west of Sicily. Tourists are attracted by its historic centre made of Norman houses and stunning sandy beaches that surround the area. Cefalù is one of the main touristic centres in Sicily.
Cefalù is located on the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily, 75 km east of Palermo. Its genuinely picturesque and medieval atmosphere will enchant romantic souls. You will not find any modern hotels or new buildings here. The massive cliff of la Rocca gives Cefalù a dreamy touch; the cliff resembles a fortress that was once home to the Temple of Diana.
A historic city embraced by a massive rock
Cefalù is a renowned city that can be easily seen from a distance thanks to its cathedral and its two towers. Tourists visiting Sicily are attracted by Cefalù’s historic atmosphere, which is made even more enchanting thanks to the surrounding mountains.
The Norman cathedral is one of the symbols of Cefalù
Downtown Cefalù is the main square, Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the Norman cathedral built in 1131. It was originally conceived as a royal tomb and main temple of the Kingdom of Sicily. It was built under Norman King Roger II of Sicily to thank the Virgin Mary for saving him from a shipwreck and landing him safely on the city’s beach. Notwithstanding, he died before the cathedral was finished and was buried in Palermo.
The Mandralisca Museum is located nearby the cathedral. It was founded by Enrico Pirajno di Mandralisca, an enlightened man who bestowed his collections of coins and objects to the city of Cefalù, which now constitute the main part of the museum’s exhibition. The museum’s archaeological finds witness the presence of Carthaginians, Greeks, Byzantines and Arabs in Sicily. You will find collections of coins, pottery, vase, Roman and Greek artefacts.
What strikes the most of Cefalù is its combination of history, beaches and mountains. If you feel like relaxing among the historical monuments and the beauties of the city, go for a stroll through its romantic alleys – such as elegant Corso Ruggero- that can lead you one km down until the old harbour and a lovely beach.
This beach is one of the best places in Cefalù, attracting countless of tourists. On one side, it is flanked by the historic centre and the massive cliff of Rocca di Cefalù, while on the other side you can enjoy the sound of the waves. On the horizon you can spot the top of the Madonie, 2,000 meters high above sea level.
Cefalù enchants each and every romantic soul as well as all people who love history, nature and the most beautiful places in the world.