Cefalù is a beautiful seaside town which is located about 70 kilometers from Palermo. Located on the northern coast of Sicily, east of the famous capital, Cefalù it is a popular destination for families, who increasingly choose to spend quiet holidays there with children, enjoying the seascapes and the pleasant and warm climate.
But what exactly to do in Cefalù with the little ones? Here are some suggestions.
Cefalù is famous not only for the splendid and scenic sea coast, but also for the beautiful and evocative historic center. Here are 10 activities to do with children.
- Visit the medieval wash house which is located among the typical alleys of the historic center. It can be accessed from the staircase made of lava stone: here you can hear the sound of the waters of the Cefalino river. An inscription appears at the entrance: “it is healthier than any other river, purer than silver, colder than snow”. You will almost seem to hear the Sicilian washerwomen of the past singing.
- Go and see the Duomo. Once in the center, after passing the Marchiafava Bastion, you can admire the splendid cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Basilica of the Transfiguration, which was built in 1131 at the behest of Ruggero II d’Altavilla. Rich in Byzantine and Arab influences, in the cathedral it is possible to admire the marvelous Christ Pantocrator in the mosaic which is located at the top of the apse. You can also visit the cloister next to the cathedral.
- Bathing in the Lido of Cefalù. It is possible to cool off by taking a bath in the fresh waters of the portion of the sea that bathes the town: you only have to reach the Cefalù beach. The beach starts from the old port and winds towards the west, interspersed with many colored umbrellas.
- Visit the Rocca of Cefalù. A specific path is undertaken to climb the fortress and soon one encounters the Mediterranean vegetation and the ruins of the Byzantine age. We arrive at the temple of Diana, a megalithic sanctuary from the 9th century. Finally, at the top of the fortress, it is possible to visit the 13th century castle of Cefalù. This itinerary is perfect if you want to do some sport and if you want to enjoy an incredible panorama.
- See the Mandralisca Municipal Museum, in which are preserved finds of great importance that testify the history of the place. There is also the famous painting “Portrait of the Unknown” by Antonello Da Messina.
- Take a walk in Corso Ruggero. Here you will find many shops full of souvenirs and from the Corso you can reach narrower side alleys, where you can get lost with the children.
- Participate, from 2 to 6 August, in the Patronal Feast of Ss. Savatore, on the occasion of which the inhabitants usually prepare a typical dish called “pasta a ‘taianu”, of Arab origin and made up of aubergines, cheese and meat. You have to taste it!