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“Expansive Scenery”
Review of Cefalu Coast

Cefalu Coast
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Aeolian Islands : Panarea and Stromboli from Cefalù
Ranked #1 of 62 things to do in Cefalu
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“Expansive Scenery”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

With the Mediterranean spread out at one's feet and the
Aeolian Isles a brief boat ride distant, this beautiful strand of rugged rock and sandy beach will draw and then captivate, like Circe. Walked the rocks below, the extensive sand beach and climb the heights above and be prepared to be forever enchanted.

Visited March 2014
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Cefalu is about an hour's drive east of Palermo. It was once a sleepy fishing village but now is one of Europe's favourite travel destinations. In summer the population can triple. There is a youthful atmosphere and a lively nightlife. It has a long crescent shape white sand beach set against a medieval town on a hillside topped with an ancient Norman Cathedral and newly restored cloister that gives the town its heart. All this is set against an even higher rocky outcrop overlooking the Aeolian Islands. Accommodations range from five star hotels to small pensions. The restaurants serve the usual outstanding array of Sicilian foods many are buffet. We visited here twice. Once at Christmas which was truly magically with poinsettias and mangers everywhere. The other visit was in May and Spring was underway with all its beauty and warmth. You'll find a former public laundry place, winding patterned cobblestone streets, and the wide variety of traditional Sicilian shops. A must see place any time of the year. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2iAOmvvrHY Bill Genova billgenova@rogers.com

Visited May 2013
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Helmond, The Netherlands
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“Touristy but worth it.”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

2012 September. Nice little streets, but pity about the car traffic. People are friendly, but that goes for the whole Sicily. View from the pier is stunningly beautiful with La Roco in the background. Beaches are beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“Something you got to know before to go”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

I am son of a "cefalutese" and I've spent here 30 summers in a row. So let me spend some word about what you should have to avoid and what to do.
1) to go there in july or august, especially by car
2) to rent rooms out from the historical centre if you haven't a car (public transportation is poor)
3) keep bathsun from 11.00 to 16.00, go under shadow

1) visit to "la rocca" (the rock) but not later then 08.00 a.m. in summer
2) ask to restaurateur for the fresh fish dish of the day (dont choose from fix menù) and check with your eyes (and nose) the freshness
3) to choose restaurant, a part from tripadvisor, ask to locals "where you will bring you mamma next sunday for dinner"? but don't ask it to taxi-driver or concierge, just stop someone in the street
4) test all the granita tastes a part from (mandarino, gelso or anguria)

Beachs: a part from the city's one, if you have a car or a moto go around the coast to try different ones. (Salinelle nearby Lascari or Pollina on the way to Messina).

Visited September 2013
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Alesund, Norway
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“Good Choice small town.”
Reviewed 18 January 2014

On our way from Palermo to Taormina this day we drove jaunt into the small town of Cefalu.
After a little stroll through a narrow street we came to the small square with several outside resturants and the medieval cathedral which is adorned with some of Italy's most beautiful Byzantine mosaics. Well worth taking the trip jaunt into this city
The cathedral was built in the 1100's by the Norman king Roger 2 and the mixture of Christian and Arabic architecture can be seen in the church is unique.

Visited November 2013
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