Do you plan a trip to Sicily? Don’t you know what to do? You are discovering the top 10 things to do in Cefalù, how to arrive, when and where to go and how you can spend your free time with children. Our personal tips to make a wonderful trip.
Cefalù is one of the most famous destination in Sicily. It is a city in the Northern cost and it is located in front of the sea. It’s a small city, and it is about 8 km far from our hotel.
How can I go to Cefalù from the hotel?
– You can go by car
– You can go by train
You can take the train from Lascari (station), the ticket costs € 1,70
or Campofelice (station) € 2,50, for 1 trip.
– You can go by bus
When is the best time to visit Cefalù?
In the morning from 8-9 a.m
In the afternoon from 18 p.m. or from 20 p.m. for the sunset
Where can I park my car?
The parking in Cefalù is paid from 1 June until 30 September. You must to park your car only in blue areas (the white areas are for residents). The ticket costs € 0,80 – € 1 by hour. The parking is free before 9 a.m, from 13 p.m until 15 p.m and from 20 p.m.
The ticket can be purchased in the machines on the street. The ticket must then be exposed inside the machine, visible from the front glass. We would suggest you to park your car in: Via Roma – Via Maestro Pintorno – Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina.
Top 10 things to do in Cefalù
1) To visit Cefalù by Boat
This excursion is available from May until September: every day (Morning 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / Afternoon 2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. / Sunset 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.).
You have a free bus transport from Mare Nostrum (our hotel) to the port and included visits and stops, fresh fruits, soft drink and snorkelling equipment.
For more information, visit the page of the excursion here
(A personal tip for you: Book the excursion for the morning. Park your car at the bus meeting point (located near the Lascari station). Go to the excursion and then stay in Cefalù in the afternoon. Come Back to Lascari Station by train in the afternoon).
2) To visit the Duomo
Cefalù’s cathedral is one of the jewels in Sicily’s Arab-Norman crown. It Is equalled in magnificence by the Cathedral of Monreale and the Cathedral of Palermo (Cappella Palatina).
3) Walking in the Old Town
The Old Town start from Corso Ruggero. In this street, there are the oldest historical shops of Cefalù and the small streets. Along the way, you will arrive directly in Piazza Duomo, in front of the Cefalù Town Hall.
4) To visit the medieval wash house
Descend the curving stone steps to this picturesque cluster of 15th-century wash basins, built over a spring that was well known in antiquity. Here the old women came to wash their clothes. Water goes directly to the sea.
5) To visit the Bastione di Capo Marchiafava
The Bastion of Capo Marchiafava is a terrace overlooking the sea, an ancient bastion that was the part of the fortifications of the city. From the Bastion, restored in the eighties, you can admire all the beauty of the coast of Cefalù with lighthouse, the cliff and in clear days you can even see some Aeolian Islands.
(This is the student’s favourite place when they do not want to go to school 🙂 )
6) To visit the rocks of Cefalù
The rocks are located near the Bastion. From some stairs, you get directly on the rocks and you can lie down and enjoy the sound and the scent of the sea. On these rocks, overlook a couple of restaurants with the sea view.
7) To visit the Pier
This is one of the most fascinating places of Cefalù. In this place, you can take the most beautiful photos of the city. On the pier, there are benches, where you can sit and enjoy the wonderful view. In the night it is very romantic.
8) To visit the Rocca mountain
The Fortress assumed great importance in the Byzantine era when there was developed a real inhabited center. At the top there is the Temple of Diana and a long defensive wall. Over there you can enjoy a wonderful sea view of Cefalù and of the Sicilian coast. It is advisable to wear closed shoes (no slippery). The road and the access gate is located behind the Cathedral of Cefalù.
9) To visit the Mandralisca Museum
The Mandralisca Museum is the only museum in the city of Cefalù. The foundation is owed to the baron Enrico Pirajno of Mandralisca, who collected, in his short life, numerous objects of art putting them in his home, where they are still found. The museum is open from 1 January until 31 December from 9 a.m. until 19 p.m.. In July and August, the museum is open from 9 a.m. until 23 p.m.
10) Walking on the seaside
Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina is the seaside of Cefalù. In this street, people love to take long walks. There are clubs, outdoor bars and a nice view of the sea. During the summer there are some events and stalls. There is also a disco and some pubs for teens.
Haven’t you booked your trip yet? – Case Vacanze Mare Nostrum is the only complex of villas with private garden in Sicily for families, with swimming pool and solarium directly in front of the beach.
Everything is tailor-made for children with enclosed garden. A quiet place, safe for the whole family.It is possible to have great fun and relaxation for the whole family.
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