My second instalment of our trip to Sicily is all about the ‘relaxing’ part of our holiday in Cefalù. Read all about the first part in Palermo here. When looking at holiday’s we knew it would be the last relaxing one for us for a while and certainly before baby arrives so wanted it to be special! I’m not great at relaxing doing nothing for a whole week so having a mini city stay before Cefalù was the perfect way to break up a week in the sunshine.
Where we Stayed
After a few days in Palermo and being self sufficient in an Airbnb apartment, we decided we wanted a little bit of luxury. We booked a poolside Deluxe room for 4 nights at the 5 star Le Calette N.5 Hotel, just outside Cefalù main town and luxury is just what we got!
We were greeted on our arrival with a welcome drink (non alcoholic for me) and drank it poolside. The hotel is on the top of a hilltop, beside Cefalù’s port. Looking out to sea with drink in hand and the sun on my face I suddenly felt relaxed. I would definitely be enjoying our time here.
The hotel was a short walk into Cefalù town (20 minutes). They offered a free shuttle to/ from the beach which we took once. Cefalù’s beach is very popular and can get very busy, so for that reason we preferred to spend our days by the hotel’s pool and it’s secluded lagoon which was reached by a private zig zag path. We visited the lagoon a number of times and each time we were the only people there. Absolute bliss.
What we Did
The only thing to do around Cefalù town is to walk and explore. The streets are all cobbled and mostly lined with restaurants and gelato/ souvenir shops. We arrived on a Sunday and were immediately surrounded by an abundance of day trip tourists, which in a small town was quite overwhelming, compared to seeing them in the vast city of Palermo.
Cefalù’s Cathedral is worth a walk to go and look at. We didn’t go in but it was pretty impressive from the outside. There was also a hike that was popular to do up to the top of La Rocca which we definitely would’ve done if I hadn’t have been 6 months pregnant at the time; apparently it’s not for the faint hearted.
Where and What We Ate
We had been warned that finding good quality food in Cefalù would be a challenge as most restaurants are geared towards tourists. Most offer a ‘Tourist menu’. This type of menu should be kept well clear of according to the Lonely Planet travel guide we had with us.
L’Antica Corte was the very first restaurant we visited in Cefalù on our first walk into the town. We were searching for a place to have a spot of lunch and decided to grab a table as it was full of Italian’s and had spaces outside in the sunshine. Mark had mussels and I opted for a pistachio pesto gnocchi dish which was really good.
Bottega Ti Vitti
We were recommended this place by some guests at the hotel. Their speciality was pizza and so we both tried one. It was good, however not the best I’ve had, and it was really oily too which sat on my stomach for ages.
Via Roma Vecchia
This was a restaurant we decided to try after being tempted by the outside menu. It advertised itself as having a ‘Terrazza sul Mare’, a terrace overlooking the sea which appealed to us to have dinner whilst watching the sun setting. We both had fish dishes, which were nice but again nothing to rave about. It was definitely the setting at Via Roma that we paid for!
Da Sasa was another restaurant that tempted us from the menu and from walking past each night looking at other diners and their delicious looking dinners. We went here on our last night and it was hands down the best dinner we had in Cefalù. Mark went for a pizza and I had an aubergine pasta dish ‘Linguini Norma’. The ingredients were so fresh and we were so happy to end our holiday with a good meal in Cefalù. Finally!!
We did really enjoy our short stay in Cefalù but I’m not sure we would visit again. The town is beautiful and the hotel was lovely. However, we couldn’t help but compare it to our holiday to Mykonos (another tourist hotspot). There was something lacking there for us. We are so pleased we visited and got to tick it off of our travel list though!
Have you ever been to Cefalù? What did you do there?