Cefalù Holidays

Explore a historic town and amazing monuments next to one of Sicily's finest beaches on a holiday to Cefalù

Cefalù is one of Sicily’s true delights; a charming historical town packed with places of interest and a fine, long sandy beach. Once a traditional fishing village, the medieval centre is a maze of narrow streets where you can now find plenty of shops, restaurants and bars where you can sip a glass of Sicilian wine in the shade of a palm tree.

What to see on a Cefalù holiday

Apart from the beach, the main attraction is the Norman cathedral, which dominates the town and is decorated with glistening Byzantine mosaics. Lots of little cafés sit at its base so pull up a chair and enjoy an espresso while you admire it from the outside. 

You'll spot La Rocca in the distance, just outside the town. This magnificent hill is perfect for an energetic walk - head to top to see some ancient ruins and get amazing views over the sea.

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Why book a holiday in Cefalù with Inghams?

We've got a great choice of hotels in and near Cefalù. Enjoy warm hospitality and fantastic Italian food with our hand-picked properties. Your holidays is in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£615pp
  • 51 rooms
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This is a great traditional Mediterranean hotel that's four kilometres from the historical centre of Cefalù. From here, you get some stunning sea views and can see the town in the distance. There's local busses that stop right outside and a hotel shuttle so it's easy to get out and explore. We love the outdoor pool and private beach with gently-sloping sands.

  • from£825pp
  • 55 rooms
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Located in a quiet spot in the hills above Cefalù, this hotel provides an ideal place to either relax or explore the surrounding area.

  • 30 rooms
Victoria Palace Hotel Cefalu (6)

Hotel Victoria Palace is the perfect place for sun and sea addicts. With it's own private beach just 20 metres away, you can spend all day basking in the golden Sicilian sunshine. If culture is what you're looking for, Cefalù's historic centre is just a short walk away. You'll be able to spend all day wandering round the sand-coloured buildings and exploring the narrow 12th Century streets.

Cefalu Sea Palace Outdoor Pool

Cefalù Sea Palace has everything you need for a five star holiday by the sea. If all you want is a place to relax for a week this is the ideal place to be, with it's endless spa facilities and huge swimming pool. 

Things To Do

Things to see and do

Whether you're looking to relax or explore, there's plenty to do on a holiday to Cefalù. We love heading for the beach - it's a sweeping stretch of soft sand lined by a lovely promenade where you can grab a drink. The old town has plenty of history to discover. Head for the Duomo to see a magnificent example of Norman architecture. There's lots of hidden gems to discover so get strolling through the cobbled streets to see if you can find them all.

Food & drink

Cefalù is a fantastic place for authentic Italian cafés and restaurants. We can't get enough of Sicily's food while we're there! Street food is very popular so you can grab an arancini (fried rice ball) or slice of pizza to eat as you walk around. Try the local seafood and pasta dishes like pasta alla norma - a Sicilian favourite of fresh tomatoes, aubergines and salted ricotta cheese tossed in some home-made pasta. If you're looking for a relaxed place to eat, Mandralisca 16 is a small restaurant in the old town centre next to the Cathedral. It has a simple but charming atmosphere and serves typical Sicilian food.

Keep an eye out for the Tuma Persa, a local cheese made by Salvatore Passalaqua. The cheese comes from an ancient recipe which was discovered by chance. It's both crumbly and creamy at the same time, and the rind is coated in crushed peppercorns for that extra peppery flavour - try it with a good Sicilian wine like Malvasia Lipari. There are plenty of vineyards near Cefalù, where you can enjoy wine tastings. If you've hired a car, head inland to Relais Santa Anastasia to enjoy a few glasses with sea views from up in the hills.

Activities

Being a coastal town, there's plenty of water sports to try in Cefalù. Hire a pedal boat or hop on board a boat for a day to enjoy some fishing or just to admire the town from the water. Walking is another popular activity here. The most popular route is up La Rocca but we recommend heading a bit outside of the town too, to Parco delle Madonie. It's a nature reserve in the Sicilian countryside with plenty of uninterrupted walking to enjoy.

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Take to the road and drive through the lush landscapes of Sicily, passing through olive groves, vineyards and lemon orchards. Explore ancient towns and stunning coastlines, trying the best of Sicilian cuisine as you go. 

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Enjoy a 14 night self-drive adventure through Sicily learning about its diverse cultural heritage, rich history and delicious local cuisine. 

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Discover the beauty of the Mediterranean largest island on this week long self-drive tour. Explore ancient cities, meander along stunning coastlines and delve into the history and culture of this unique and beautiful part of Italy. 

Good to know

  • Visit the Tempio di Diana and hike up the trail to La Rocca for beautiful views over the old town
  • Grab a table in the Piazza del Duomo and marvel at the Cathedral with its twin towers
  • Lay down a towel for free on the crescent sandy beach backed by the old town
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