A vacation in Cefalù gives you a microcosm of the best of Sicily. Whatever attracts you to this sun-drenched island, you’ll find it in this coastal town, the unique character of which significantly overshadows its modest size. Whether you’re looking for modern metropolitan culture, to explore absorbing historical heritage or simply to settle in for long sun-drenched days on luxurious beaches living the true la dolce vita, Cefalù has it all.
Cefalù is well regarded as a jewel of the Sicilian coast, partly because of its dramatic placement on the island's headland under a great rocky outcrop overlooking the Aeolian Islands. The town has influences from the Sikels, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Normans, who all conquered Cefalù throughout time, making it an excellent choice for a cultural Sicily vacation. In fact, it was the Normans in the 11th century who built the dramatic cathedral at the town's heart. Cefalù is also characterized by its narrow streets, which are full of character and lined with traditional Sicilian shops and restaurants, and there is also a beautiful central square with delightful honey-colored buildings to enjoy. Those looking for culture will adore Museo Mandralisca, which contains a variety of archaeological and artistic artifacts, as well as Lavatoio Medievale Fiume Cefalino, which is a historic site where locals washed clothes in the town's fresh springs.
However, there is no denying that the reason for Cefalù's popularity as a Sicily vacation resort is its bustling fishing village atmosphere and beautiful sandy beaches that create the perfect ambience for a luxury summer getaway. Our favorite beach is Mazzaforno, which sits west of Cefalù. It is an idyllic sandy beach and also offers sun-seekers several useful services, such as umbrellas, restaurants and bars. There are several smaller beaches nearby Mazzaforno if you want to enjoy a more secluded spot. If you would prefer to mingle with Sicily's elite, head for Sant’Ambrogio beach, which is a mix of pebbles and sand, with stunning sea views.