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CefalùItaly

Visit some of Sicily’s most intriguing historical sites, admire religious mosaics and enjoy lazy days on the beach at this coastal town in the north of the island. 

With beaches, piazzas, medieval buildings and a magnificent cathedral, the coastal town of Cefalu has something for everyone. Relax on the sand, explore cobbled streets and discover ancient history all below a colossal rock crowned by the ruins of a fort.

If you are into history and architecture, a visit to Cefalu will not disappoint. Embark on a self-guided tour of the Duomo di Cefalu, one of the finest Arab-Norman structures on the island. The grand church was built by Roger II during the 12th century and its twin pyramid towers still stand high above the old town’s medieval buildings. Step inside to admire its beautiful Byzantine mosaics and then take a stroll through the cloister.

A short walk from here in the direction of the harbor will take you to the Museo Mandralisca. The collection includes archeological artifacts and works of art amassed by the 19th-century philanthropist and avid collector Baron Mandralisca. A highlight is the 15th-century Portrait of an Unknown Man, considered to be one of the most important artworks of the Renaissance. Mandralisca is said to have found the piece on the island of Lipari where it was being used as a makeshift cupboard door.

The giant rock known as La Rocca dominates Cefalu’s skyline. Walk up the rocky crag to see an ancient Greek temple and the ruins of an old fort.

Once you come back down to the town, you will find the Spiaggia di Cefalu is the perfect place to cool off. The long stretch of white sand arches out in front of the town and is overlooked by several bars that rent out umbrellas and deck chairs. Soak up the hot sun and swim in the crystal clear water.

Cefalu is a 1-hour train ride from Palermo and the train station is right in the center of town. Come for a day trip and visit the sights, or stay longer to fully explore its ancient and medieval history, culture and scenery.

Where to stay in Cefalù

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Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(26 area reviews)

Unique features of Old Town include the historic sites and seaside views. Make a stop by Cefalu Cathedral or Palazzo Piraino while you're exploring the area.

Old Town

Top Hotels in Cefalù

Hotel Victoria Palace
Hotel Victoria Palace
4 out of 5
Lungomare G. Giardina, Cefalù
Free Cancellation
The price is $107 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Situated in Cefalù, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lavatoio Medievale and Cefalu Beach. Porticciolo dei pescatori and Osteria Magno are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)

"Very nice and relatively new hotel, clean and well looked after, staff was friendly and helpful except at breakfast one of the staff (older one) looked always grumpy, tho he did his job. Unfortunately due to Covid rules choices are limited at breakfast and it could take longer but as said, we were ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Hotel Victoria Palace
Blue Bay
Blue Bay
Via Vincenzo Cavallaro 18, Cefalù

Nestled on the beach, this Cefalù apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Caldura Beach, Cefalu Beach, and Cefalu Cathedral. Rocca of Cefalu is 1.6 mi (2.6 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (194 reviews)

"Great views of the sea. Property amenities for the ocean were free so that was a plus. Rooms were clean and spacious. Terrace has lots of room to relax with the family. Overall 10/10 would stay again"…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Blue Bay
A Tonnara
A Tonnara
Via della Tonnara, 3, off Via del Faro, Cefalù, PA

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Caldura Beach and Cefalu Beach. Santa Maria dell'Odigitria (Itria) and Palazzo Piraino ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (51 reviews)
Loved A Tonnara

"Great , very friendly and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

A Tonnara
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Cefalù

Blue Bay
Blue Bay
Via Vincenzo Cavallaro 18, Cefalù

Nestled on the beach, this Cefalù apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Caldura Beach, Cefalu Beach, and Cefalu Cathedral. Rocca of Cefalu is 1.6 mi (2.6 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (194 reviews)

"Great views of the sea. Property amenities for the ocean were free so that was a plus. Rooms were clean and spacious. Terrace has lots of room to relax with the family. Overall 10/10 would stay again"…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Blue Bay
Villa Magarà
Villa Magarà
Strada Provinciale 136 N 52, Cefalù
The price is $60 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Caldura Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Cefalu Beach. Salita Saraceno Staircase and Osteria ...

4.4/5Excellent! (46 reviews)
Must stay! 💖 💖

"We had an amazing time!. Great location, just close enough to cefalu without the traffic.. Google maps lead us astray but was so much more than expecting we stayed 2 extra night!.... Can't say enough about this place. Well worth every dollar spent! Will be staying here again"…"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2020

Villa Magarà
Kefa Residence
Kefa Residence
via delle Begonie 4, Cefalù
The price is $64 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cefalu Beach, Lavatoio Medievale, and Osteria Magno. Church of Purgatory and Museo ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7 reviews)
Sophämtning funkade dåligt

"Sophämtningen fungerade dåligt. Fick enligt deras rekommendation att ställa fram soporna på terrassen för upphämtning. Det tog 2 dagar och 3 telefonsamtal tills sopor hämtades.Fåglarna rev sönder påsar och spred ut sopor över hela terrassen flera gånger."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Kefa Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Cefalù

Cefalu Beach
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Cefalu Beach

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Cefalu Beach, a popular beach in Cefalù. While you're in the area, stroll along the sandy beaches.

Cefalu Cathedral
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Cefalu Cathedral

4.5/5(46 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Cefalù when you stop by Cefalu Cathedral. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Rocca of Cefalu
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Rocca of Cefalu

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Climb up the colossal rock that towers over Cefalu to tour the remains of two ancient sites. They were built for worship and to protect the town from attack.

Top things to do in Cefalù

Dinner in the Madonie Mountains
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Dinner in the Madonie Mountains

$65
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Cefalu
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Vacation Photographer in Cefalu

$250
Per adult
Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
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Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area

$423
Per adult
Madonie's Wine Experience
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Madonie's Wine Experience

$47
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Dining experience at a local's home in Cefalù
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Dining experience at a local's home in Cefalù

$100
Per adult
Exploring Sicily in 5 Days!
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Exploring Sicily in 5 Days!

$979
Per adult

Reviews of Cefalù

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5/5 - Excellent

Tom

Nov 12, 2019

Excellent ceramics shop, A Lumera, on Corso Ruggero. We bought all our gifts there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 28, 2019

Cefalu is a charming resort town with a great beach and historical ruins to visit along with the Cathedral in old town. Wish I had spent more then one day there!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

A historically significant town that is worth visiting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 23, 2019

You must do the hike to the top of The Rock! Absolutely spectacular! And check out the beaches here!! Our two days were wonderful!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 10, 2019

We loved Cefalù. The food was great and it felt like a place that the locals go. If you stay up on the mountain, the climbs can be exhausting in hot weather, so plan accordingly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 10, 2019

We lived Cefalu and would love to come back.

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