Hotel Kalura, Cefalu ***
The family-run three-star Hotel Kalura in Cefalu, Palermo, is perfectly located right on the edge of the Tyrrhenian Sea, and easily reached ... being just 70 kilometres east of Palermo. The hotel offers 72 tastefully decorated rooms - a mixture of singles, doubles and suites, most with a stunning sea... View hotel
Double rooms from €59
Hotel Alberi del Paradiso, Cefalu ****
Situated just 90 kilometres from Palermo airport, on Sicily's northern coast beside the Tyrrhenian Sea, Cefalu's four-star Hotel Alberi del Paradiso is a peaceful base for your stay in this beautiful area. Set in fragrant Mediterranean gardens, this restored former manor house offers a range of 55 elegant rooms. View hotel
Double rooms from €70
Hotel Baia Del Capitano, Cefalu ****
This three-star hotel in Sicily is just 5km from the town of Cefalu, and superbly placed for exploring nearby Palermo and the Aeolian islands. The Hotel Baia del Capitano has 46 rooms, each with en-suite bathroom and telephone. Recently renovated, the hotel is surrounded by ancient olive trees and has... View hotel
Double rooms from €80
Like so many modern towns in Sicily, Cefalu has very ancient roots, probably as a Greek fortress protecting the northern approaches to this strategically vital island in the Tyrrhenian. Through the usual confusion of invasions and counter invasions, through the Punic wars and under Normandy, Byzantium, the Arabs, Romans and finally to inclusion in the new Kingdom of Italy in 1861, a marvellous and very varied little seaside town has emerged. Near to both Palermo and Messina, Cefalu has a terrific location between blue sea and the Modonie mountains behind. The view from out at sea is marvellous in fact, with the jumble of sand coloured houses rising up from the waters. Within, you find a confusion of ancient streets and alleys.
A town of some 14,000, it sits beneath the vast hulk of mountainous cliff, a lovely old town with a number of good beaches. The town has superb architecture, including the 12th century Cathedral, a Norman church in the Sicilian Romanesque style. There are numerous other important churches, including Santa Maria dell'Odigitria and San Leonardo, and there are remnants of the ancient town on the summit of the hill. Here there are also remains of the Saracen Castle. Other sights include the Palazzo Atenasio Martino (15th century), Palazzo Maria (13th C) and Palazzo Piraino (14th C). There are ancient Roman baths and, 15km south of the town, the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna, high in the Madonie mountains and surrounded by forest.