Cefalu Italy poster print
Just an hour away from Palermo, Cefalù (pronounced “cheff-aloo”) is one of the most popular spots on the island of Sicily. Despite having a population of just 14,000 residents Cefalù is visited by millions of tourists every year from all over Europe.
The name Cefalù comes from the Greek word ‘Cape’; which nods to the town’s beginnings when Greeks settled there around 396 BC. After a few shifts in power, the area finally became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. Today, a lot of its previous medieval charm can still be seen along its winding streets, as well as the iconic Duomo di Cefalù. This is a Roman Catholic Basicila in the centre of Cefalù dating back to the 12th century and built using Norman-style architecture. According to local legend, King Roger II was caught in a storm at sea and vowed to build a church if he were saved. The sand-coloured building makes a striking addition to the town’s skyline, looking more like a fortress than a castle.
One of the town’s main tourist attractions is its beach - long, sandy and very inviting, unlike many Italian coastal resorts, it gets very busy in the high summer months of July and August. Another is its abundance of delicious seafood; that is often enjoyed along the beachfront.