Cefalu is a pretty coastal town in northern Sicily, just 70 kilometres from Palermo. It has a sandy beach, making a very popular holiday destination. There was a howling wind the day we arrived in spring, keeping most people off the beach.
The wind whipped up the sea.
A few hearty souls braved the water.
The area has always been known for fishing and the activity continues today. A windy day is a good time to repair nets.
Like most of Sicily, Cefalu has a rich history. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all made Cefalu their home at some stage. The most obvious reminder of the Norman time is the magnificent cathedral. It was begun in 1131 and took over 100 years to complete.
Its interior boasts stunning mosaics including Christ Pantocrator in gleaming gold.
There is a beautiful cloister beside the church.
The statues in front of the church are looking a bit worn.
There are other churches hidden among the narrow streets. Cefalu is a treasure trove of wonderful old buildings.
The streets are also lined with interesting shops, cafes and restaurants…you won’t go hungry in Cefalu.
We had a delicious dinner at Locanda del Marinaio. There was a stylish outdoor eating area, but the cool air drove us inside.
Looming over the town is La Rocca, a rocky outcrop where the ruins of the Norman Castle and the Temple of Diana remain. The ruin is visible above the old hotel.
We didn’t have time to climb the Salita Saraceno to the top…next time.
Scenes from my favourite Italian film, Cinema Paradiso, were filmed in Cefalu. I will watch it again to see if I recognise the streets.
Cefalu is a jumping off point for the Aeolian Islands, another reason to return. It is a lively, friendly and interesting town. I hope the wind stays away when you visit.