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The apartment was very nice and very handy to get to the old town. A parking space was also provided. We travelled with two young children (8 months and 2 1/2) and we were allowed to use the entrance on the ground floor to leave the buggy. It is frowned upon to leave sand in the apartment which we found difficult even though we only went to the beach twice. Cefalu is a lovely place and the people are very friendly.
If you are looking for peace and quiet, great weather and privacy then look no further. Add in the incredible view of the mountains and coastline whilst sat on a hillside in a private and secure olive grove. Just perfect with fabulous sunsets.
The local shops and beautiful beach are both within a 5 - 10 drive (car essential) and larger towns are approximately 30 minutes away following the coastline in either direction.
The property has all the necessary essentials and the air conditioning is extremely efficient. It was very hot during our visit so it was much appreciated as was the large Jacuzzi.
Alvise is very helpful and met us in the local town at the end of our drive from the airport to take us to the cottage. He is available for any questions and extremely kind and respectful of privacy. The journey from the airport is almost one straight road all the way to the cottage and back and takes about 75 minutes.
The cottage provides a useful guidebook and maps and it seems Sicily offers plenty to see dependant on how adventurous the individual chooses to be. We chose to spend our time relaxing around the Jacuzzi, eating the wonderful fresh local produce, swimming in the warm sea and only venturing to two of the nearest larger towns for a wonder around. The trips to Mount Etna seem to run on Tuesdays so you would need to book if you don't want to make the drive.
Just a couple of things to remember - Sicily is a follower of the Mediterranean siesta culture, there is very little open or happening between 1.30 and 5pm locally so bear this in mind for restaurant bookings and shopping, although we believe the larger towns and supermarkets seem to remain open, and would also recommend bringing bottled water for your arrival especially during the hotter months.
We would thoroughly recommend Alvise's cottage to anyone and would very happily return if ever possible and would like to thank Alvise for his delightful and very thoughtful hospitality. Sicily is a truly beautiful place, so as a previous review mentioned - Don't hesitate - just book it!