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Cefalu is an attractive seaside resort on the north coast of Sicily, distinguished by its imposing 12th-century Norman cathedral. An old fishing port, Cefalu has developed along its appealing curved beach on the Tyrrhenian Sea, beneath the looming crag known as the Rocca. The town offers a combination of traditional beach attractions and a fascinating historic center with a number of significant historic sights. Venere, a major online accommodation specialist, offers a great selection of Cefalu hotels ranging from high-end to budget options. Book the best value rooms in Cefalu in advance using the quick and easy Venere reservation system and look forward to a relaxing vacation in Sicily.
What's Cefalu Like?
The beach at Cefalu is a long sandy stretch close to the town that gets very popular in high season. Some areas require a small fee for access. In the medieval old quarter, the cathedral of Cefalu is one of the foremost attractions in Sicily. Built by the Norman overlord Roger II in 1131, it features two prominent towers and an interior richly decorated with mosaics created by Byzantine artists. The Rocca is a steep climb above Cefalu, the trail passing by classical Greek and megalithic sites and reconstructed battlements from an Arabic citadel. Other historic attractions in Cefalu include a Saracen wash-house and the ruins of a 13th-century palace. The town museum, Museo Mandralisca, houses an interesting collection of ancient artifacts and Renaissance paintings. Cefalu hotels offer a tranquil option on the north Sicily coast and a handy base for exploring the nearby Aeolian islands, connected by hydrofoil services.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Cefalu
Cefalu isn't on the standard Sicily tourist trail, so English may not always be understood in the town. An Italian phrasebook will be useful in some cafes and restaurants. Sicilian society tends to be conservative, so it is wise to dress respectfully when sightseeing in churches or the cathedral. Beach wear is not appropriate for exploring the town or for dining, even in informal establishments. Cefalu has plenty of attractive cafes, where locals gather in summer to drink refreshing and invigorating coffee granitas. Sicilian pastries are a specialty of the region, notably the cannoli cakes filled with sweetened ricotta. To help you narrow down the selection of Cefalu hotels featured in the Venere site, use our system of honest and accurate guest reviews rating the amenities and facilities. Our site's photo galleries and maps indicating distances to the major attractions will help you get a clear picture of what to expect from Cefalu accommodation.