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From the temple to the beach

Sicily | The Italian Mediterranean island Sicily does not only offer summer, sun and lovely beaches but also many cultural highlights. A compulsory point on each itinerary for a Sicily vacation are the countless testimonies of past times that a spread out across the island. Some examples include the world famous „Valley of the Temples“ in Agrigent with the structures more than 2,500 years old and are testament of Greek settlement on this island during the ancient times. Besides this also well preserved remains of antique structures can be visited in Syrakus oder Catania which are equally appealing.

Those who need to cool down after these historical adventures will find many places to do so along the more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline. In the north and east you will mainly find steep cliffs and rocks towering above the sea with a number of picturesque bays lying in-between them. The southwestern part is flatter and characterised by beautiful beach strips.

Sicily has though much more to offer than just temples and beaches. Explore some of the interesting smaller and larger towns such as Palermo, Messina, Ragusa, Trapani or Taormina. Alternatively go on a boat tour that will take you to the Aeolian Islands and Aegadian Islands or Malta that is also not that far away.

atraveo has a selection of more than 2,800 holiday apartments and houses. Some of the most popular  places for a holiday home vacation include Gioiosa Marea, Sciacca, Scicli, Giardini Naxos, Trappeto and Marina di Modica.

Dancing on a volcano

Sicily is not only the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea but also has the highest and most active volcanoes in Europe – Etna that you can explore up close on your vacation to Sicily. There are a number of guided hiking tours offered that take you to summit craters, lava fields and places where eruptions occur frequently. You should not miss out on this exciting tour. The hikes usually take place between mid May until the end of October. But one must be careful: It is important to remember the Etna is still an active volcano. Inform yourself when there of the present dangers and options to explore the area in one of the many information centres.

Those who want more volcanic action will not want to miss out on guided tours to the Volcano Islands Volcano and Stromboli situated north of the coast of Sicily. Particularly the very active Stromboli offers a great spectacle as one can observe eruptions of red lava nearly every minute or hour. Both islands are part of the island group Aeolian Islands and there are regular connections from Messina and Milazzo.

If you have now become fascinated by volcanoes then you might want to pop over to the mainland and explore Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples which is another famous volcano. It is by no means as active as those on Sicily though it is not extinct and there is speculation whether it could erupt again soon. The potential devastation such an eruption could cause can be seen in the famous ruins of the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum that were engulfed by lava in 79 AD. A visit to Mount Vesuvius could be incorporated within journey to and back from a holiday home vacation on Sicily. There are regular ferries that operate between Naples or Salerno and the Sicilian ports of Palermo and Catania.
 

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4.3 out of 5 (60 Customer reviews)
1 The holiday homes and apartments in in Cefalù have been rated by 60 customers, scoring 4.3 out of 5 houses, on average.

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Total rating of Cefalù

4.4 out of 5 (106 Customer reviews)
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  • 4.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer has submitted the following rating
    on 06/06/2016

    less recommended

    This review has been given for property no. 945615

  • 1.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 05/06/2016

    “For a beach holiday Campofelice is not recommended, the beach and beach promenade are dirty and littered. Between the cottages unfinished buildings, brownfields and wild Müllkippen- are not a pretty sight. We went to Lascari for swimming (about 20 minutes)”

    This review has been given for property no. 657134 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 5.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer wrote
    on 01/05/2016, travel period: April 2016

    “Cefalu is in our view a very nice holiday. Even out of season, the charming little town very much variety. The climb to the Rocca Cefalu which is recommended because of the great view.”

    This review has been given for property no. 971478 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language

  • 5.0 out of 5
    An atraveo-customer has submitted the following rating
    on 29/03/2016

    highly recommended

    This review has been given for property no. 919176

  • 5.0 out of 5
    atraveo customer A. Hilgers wrote
    on 28/03/2016, travel period: March 2016

    “The place is very nice and cozy. One can go for a stroll and nice to sit in the cafes. There are many restaurants where you can (not expensive and) eat well. There is a large and a small beach, which in the spring also were still pretty empty. From Cefalù you can take many tours in the mountains, to Palermo and also to the east coast, it is not too far. The place we liked it very well.”

    This review has been given for property no. 970135 The review of the area has been automatically translated from German. Back to the original language


This is how holiday rental owners described Cefalù

Cefalu is a beautiful city on the Mediterranean Sea on the north coast of Sicily. It is centrally located in the island, and has no problems connecting with other airports and highways. Cefalu offers easy access to all the most famous island. The city has a beautiful sandy beach and ...
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our accommodations are all facing the sea. It has many shops, restaurants where you can enjoy good and healthy Sicilian cuisine, bars and many cultural activities. Of great importance are the Arab-Norman cathedral, the medieval wash-house, the park of the castle, the museum Mandralisca, the churches with their different historical periods, from Arabic to Baroque and the theatre named Salvatore Cicero, with concerts and music not only Italian, but also international one. In Cefalù you can also take some Italian lessons at our school Mediterranea Sicilia. Writwe us an email and let us help you with the choice of your Italian Language Course!
We can also help you in arranging your transfer from any airports in Sicily.
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source: Management Immobiliare S.A.S
Cefalù is an historical town of 13500 residents ,68 km from Palermo on the northen coast of Sicily.
The structure is Arab and Mediaval with a splendid Norman Cathedral built by Ruggiero II,
Easy connections by railway,bus, speed boats,highways to the most important cities,the Eolie islands and the surrounding villages ...
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of Madonie mountain Park high up 1990 mt that host 65% of fauna and biodiversity of Sicily.
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source: Miceli
There are very good restaurants, literary cafes, museums and art exhibitions. The sea for swimming and suntan, the beach for playng, the rock for trekking just in Cefalù, the nightlife, the sports.
Cefalù is located in the centre of Sicily.
It's the most strategical city to sleep and make excursions ...
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to other places in Sicily.
It is a city and comune in the Province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70 km east from the provincial capital and 185 km west of Messina. The town, with its population of just under 14,000, is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of Sicily and also, from all over Italy and Europe. In summer the population can triple, making the main streets and major roads in the country crowded. There is then a youthful atmosphere and a lively nightlife.

Of Greek foundation, the city evidently derived its name from its situation on a lofty and precipitous rock, forming a bold headland (Κεφαλὴ) projecting into the sea. But though its name proves it to have been of Greek origin, no mention is found of it in Thucydides, who expressly says that Himera was the only Greek colony on this coast of the island;[1] it is probable that Cephaloedium was at this time merely a fortress (φρούριον) belonging to the Himeraeans, and may very likely have been first peopled by refugees after the destruction of Himera. Its name first appears in history at the time of the Carthaginian expedition under Himilco, 396 BC, when that general concluded a treaty with the Himeraeans and the inhabitants of Cephaloedium.[2] But after the defeat of the Carthaginian armament, Dionysius the Elder made himself master of Cephaloedium, which was betrayed into his hands. (Ibid. 78.) At a later period we find it again independent, but apparently on friendly terms with the Carthaginians, on which account it was attacked and taken by Agathocles, 307 BC.[3] In the First Punic War it was reduced by the Roman fleet under Atilius Calatinus and Scipio Nasica, 254 BC, but by treachery and not by force of arms.[4] Cicero speaks of it as apparently a flourishing town, enjoying full municipal privileges; it was, in his time, one of the civitates decumanae which paid the tithes of their corn in kind to the Roman state, and suffered severely from the oppressions and exactions of Verres.[5] It also minted coins. No subsequent mention of it is found in history, but it is noticed by the geographers Strabo, Pliny, and Ptolemy, among the towns of Sicily, and at a later period its name is still found in the Itineraries.[6]
During the Byzantine domination the settlement was moved from the plain to the current spur, although the old town was never entirely abandoned. In 858, after a long siege, it was conquered by the Arabs, and rechristened Gafludi. For the following centuries it was part of the Emirate of Sicily.
In 1063 the Normans captured it and in 1131, Roger II, king of Sicily, transferred it from its almost inaccessible position to one at the foot of the rock, where there was a small but excellent harbor, and began construction of the present cathedral. Between the 13th century and 1451 it was under different feudal families, and then it became a possession of the Bishops of Cefalù.
During the Risorgimento, the patriot Salvatore Spinuzza was shot here in 1857. Cefalù became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.
Main sights:
The rock with grecian and roman temples and the castle. It is said that on the rock were living the god Jupiter and his daughter Diana.
The middle Age laundry
The old pier
The harbour
The lighthouse

The Cathedral
Main article: Cathedral of Cefalù
The Cathedral, begun in 1131, in a style of Norman architecture which would be more accurately called Sicilian Romanesque. The exterior is well preserved, and is largely decorated with interlacing pointed arches; the windows also are pointed. On each side of the façade is a massive tower of four storeys. The round-headed Norman portal is worthy of note. A semi-circular apse is set into the east end wall. Its strengthening counterforts that work like buttresses, are shaped as paired columns to lighten their aspect. The groined vaulting of the roof is visible in the choir and the right transept, while the rest of the church has a wooden roof. Fine cloisters, coeval with the cathedral, adjoin it.


Two strong matching towers flank the cathedral porch, which has three arches (rebuilt around 1400) corresponding to the nave and the two aisles.
Christus Pantokrator in the apsis of the cathedral


Church of St. Stefano.

The interior of the cathedral was restored in 1559, though the pointed arches of the nave, borne by ancient granite columns, are still visible; and the only mosaics preserved are those of the apse and the last bay of the choir; they are remarkably fine specimens of the Byzantine art of the period (1148) and, though restored in 1859-1862, have suffered much less than those at Palermo and Monreale from the process. The figure of the Pantocrator gracing the apse is especially noteworthy.
Other churches[edit]
Santa Maria dell'Odigitria, popularly referred to simply as Itria, its name the rendition in Italian of the Greek Hodegetria, one of the standard iconographic depictions of the Virgin Mary. Probably built over a preexisting Byzantine church of the same name, the current building is from the 16th century. Until 1961 it consisted of two different religious edifices, the second being a chapel devoted to St. Michael Archangel; both were a property of the Confraternity of St. Mary of the Odigitria.
Santa Oliva (1787). It has a tuff portal.
San Sebastiano (probably 1523). It has a single nave with two frescoed niches on every side.
Sant'Andrea.
San Leonardo, mentioned from 1159 and, until the restoration of 1558, entitled to St. George. The original portal, now closed behind a wall, has vegetable decorations similar to the Cathedral's ones.
The Immacolatella (1661).
The Oratory of the Santissimo Sacramento (1688).
Chapel of San Biagio (St. Blaise).
Santo Stefano or Church of Purgatory.
Santissima Trinità.
Santissima Annunziata (c. 1511). The façade has a large rose window and a relief with the Annunciation.
The Monastery of St. Catherine.
Others[edit]
Some remains of the ancient city are still visible, on the summit of the rock; but the nature of the site proves that it could never have been more than a small town, and probably owed its importance only to its almost impregnable position. Fazello speaks of the remains of the walls as still existing in his time, as well as those of a temple of Doric architecture, of which the foundations only are now visible. But the most curious monument still remaining of the ancient city is an edifice, consisting of various apartments, and having the appearance of a palace or domestic residence, but constructed wholly of large irregular blocks of limestone, in the style commonly called polygonal or Cyclopean. Rude mouldings approximating to those of the Doric order, are hewn on the face of the massive blocks. The doorways are of finely-cut stone, and of Greek type, and the date, though uncertain, cannot, from the careful jointing of the blocks, be very early. This building, which is almost unique of its kind, is the more remarkable, from its being the only example of this style of masonry, so common in Central Italy, which occurs in the island of Sicily. It is fully described and figured by Dr. Nott in the Annali dell'Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica, for the year 1831 (vol. iii. p. 270-87).
On the summit of the promontory are extensive remains of a Saracenic castle. The town's fortifications formerly extended to the shore, on the side where the modern town now is, in the form of two long walls protecting the port. There are remains of a wall of massive rectangular blocks of stone at the modern Porta Garibaldi on the south.
Other sights include:
The Seminary and the Bishops Palace.
Palazzo Atenasio Martino (15th century). The court has 16th-century frescoes.
Palazzo Maria (13th century). The medieval portal and a mullioned window, with Catalan-style vegetable decorations, are still visible.
Palazzo Piraino (16th century).
Osterio Magno. According to the tradition, it was built by Roger II as his mansion, but it probably dates from the 14th century. Traces of the medieval tower and decoration can be seen. Excavations held in the interior have showed the presence of ancient edifices and ceramics.
Ancient Roman baths.
The remains of the Abbey of Thelema,[7] established by the occultist Aleister Crowley in 1920 as a magical commune before he was ordered to leave by the Benito Mussolini government in 1923. The abbey is now in a state of severe disrepair.


Remains of megalithic wall, c.500-400 BC
Not far from the town is the sanctuary of Gibilmanna.
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source: Giambrone
The Sicily region

The special geographic position of Cefalu means that you have easy access to all the main areas of historical and cultural interest in Sicily, by going on excursions lasting no more than 2 hours.

Mount Etna, Taormina, Acireale and Catania and Siracusa (Unisco World Heritage Site), are ...
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about 2 hours away; the stunning and famous Greek temple and theatre at Segesta, and the Roman Villa of Casale at Piazza Armerina (also a World Heritage Site) are just 1.5 hours away; the artistic and archaeological treasures of Palermo, Monreale, Tindari are less than an hour away; the Madonne mountain range, a natural asset jealously guarded by Sicilians, with its dramatic hilltop villages like Castelbuono, Isnello and Gratteri are just half an hour’s distance.

And you will be surprised to discover that each year brings widespread snow, and you can ski at Piano Battaglia, located further inland in the Madonie.

The Cefalu / Contrada Salinelle area

But the real pearl is Cefalu, with its fabulous scenic panoramas and the town itself, which arose out of fishing and navigation, with which divinities, kings and adventurers all fell in love, from the ancient Goddess Diana to the Norman King Roger, and for you also it is certain to be an experience of love at first sight!

Charming and romantic restaurants abound, both here and in the neighbouring towns and villages, offering the finest traditional Sicilian food and wine, both of high quality and value.

During the high summer season the area – which attracts many visitors as do all of the fine beaches of Cefalu, offers a full array of enjoyable recreational activities, and the low season is a time to appreciate the peace and quiet of the countryside, which you will have all to yourselves.

Within easy reach are a variety of sports facilities such as tennis, golf, horse-riding etc, located under 5 km away. At a large nearby hotel you can avail of a waterpark and a wellness centre.

On the beach you can take on the more energetic sports of kite surfing or windsurfing, or you can take a short trip in a sailing boat like the Fly Junior or the Laser1, available to residents, or if you prefer there is the more relaxing option of a canoe trip to scout out the beautiful Cefalu coast.
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source: Livecchi
Cefalù is a little town in the province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, about 70 km east from Palermo. The town is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of the ...
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world. It stands out among others towns for artistic, cultural and historic reasons, and for harmony of urban liveability and public services.
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source: Onorato

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  • Property no. 1022430
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 7 persons

    Approx. 93 m², 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, washing machine
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 130 m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, WLAN
  • Property no. 657134

    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday home for max. 8 persons

    Approx. 150 m², 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets are allowed (max. 2), satellite TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, beach approx. 40 m,
    4.3 out of 5
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  • Property no. 1023416
    from GBP 541
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 50 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine,
  • Property no. 1023415
    from GBP 541
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 50 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine,
  • Property no. 919072
    from GBP 375
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 100 m², 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pets not allowed, digital TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 100 m
  • Property no. 919073
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 80 m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, digital TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, dishwasher, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 100 m, sea approx. 1 km
  • Property no. 1022439
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Studio for max. 2 persons

    Approx. 40 m², 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine
  • Property no. 919079
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 6 persons

    Approx. 75 m², 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, digital TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 80 m
  • Property no. 919087
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 2 persons

    Approx. 40 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, digital TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine, non-smoking property, sandy beach approx. 200 m
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 44 m², 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, pets not allowed, TV, washing machine
  • Property no. 1022441
    from GBP 389
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    Cefalù, Sicily (North coast of Sicily)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    Approx. 50 m², 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, pets not allowed, TV, Internet, WLAN, washing machine
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