Destination guide

Cefalù's a Sicilian chart-topper

Cefalù is a real knockout. Wedged onto little patches of land beneath two huge table-top mountains, it's certainly got the looks. Then you spy the harbour of cappuccino-coloured homes, fishing boats bobbing while their crews cast nets and natter away. Then you see the urban beaches, a medley of turquoise waters that lap right up to shores of white pebbles and sand. Throw in one downright gorgeous Norman-Arab Cathedral – a UNESCO site to boot. Add a sprinkle of piazzas with lively Sicilian wine bars. Drop in some 15th-century palazzi. That's what Cefalù holiday rentals are all about.

Things to do

Cefalù's got one mighty church

One soaring mass of Norman-Arab majesty crowns all the other buildings here – Cefalù Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that simply can't be missed. Those who've bagged Cefalù holiday rentals in the historic centre of the city will be just a stroll away, even if that means scrambling up the stone staircases to find it, high on Piazza del Duomo. Head in and you'll be greeted with murals of gorgeous gold leaf and frescos dating back nearly 1,000 years. Don't miss the Christ Pantokrator in the apse or the exterior facade with its dominating towers.

Activities

Embrace the streets in Cefalù

Be sure to pack some comfy footwear for Cefalù – this little town of palazzi and piazza and chapels and churches is all about strolling. You can wander historic lanes to see carved baroque doorways – even the mundane becomes handsome here – or head for the marina walks to people-watch as the fishing skiffs drift in and out. Cafes and trattorias touting Sicilian fritters, fresh seafood and simple pastas make the narrow lanes of the centre even narrower, but it's okay, because with one taste of that tomato-almond pesto alla trapanese, all is forgiven.

Weather

Cefalù – the sun-drenched town

Cefalù enjoys all the climatic delights you'd expect of a town nestled between the bays of northern Sicily. The summers are the favourite of visitors, which is great news because they are so long. The weather starts to heat up as early as April here, ushering in a springtime that's positively toasty – you could even be on the beaches in May, no problem. June, July and August are when most come in search of Cefalù holiday rentals – the villas in the nearby hills are in particular demand then.

Natural features

Soaring high and dropping to seas in Cefalù

The topography of Cefalù is striking from the get-go. One massive mountain of rough-hewn rock seems to spike its way through the heart of the town. It rises in sheer-cut ridges before dropping down in steps to where the Mediterranean rolls in. That's typical of this corner of the Province of Palermo, which is home to the protected Madonie Regional Natural Park. That's right on the doorstep of the city, offering gorgeous meadows of wild herbs and yellow flowers, grass-green ridges for hikers and swathes of ash forest.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Cefalu

The nearest airport is in Palermo (PMO-Punta Raisi), located 51.5 mi (82.8 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Cefalù Station.

Where to stay around Cefalù?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,243 holiday lettings near Cefalù. From 356 Villas to 224 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Cefalù for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Cefalù?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Cefalù. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Cefalu Cathedral: 1,310 holiday lettings
  • Santa Maria dell'Odigitria (Itria): 1,309 holiday lettings
  • Caldura Beach: 1,326 holiday lettings
  • Salita Saraceno Staircase: 1,316 holiday lettings
  • Rocca of Cefalu: 1,318 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Cefalù listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Cefalù?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 356 Villas in Cefalù. Our other popular types of Cefalù holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 224 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 549 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 13 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Cefalù?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 375 holiday homes with pool available in Cefalù. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.