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Italy's allure is timeless, and if you seek an exceptional Mediterranean holiday, Cefalù in Southern Sicily beckons.

The town is framed by dramatic coastal landscapes against the Tyrrhenian Sea, creating a picturesque setting reflecting the island's geological diversity. Being home to Cefalù beach - one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy - it offers postcard views symbolic of traditional South Italy charm.

Cefalù blends beautiful shoreline and historic architecture along with a traditional Italian way of life. Here are some top things to do as you live in La Dolce Vita in this enchanting coastal town:

Club Med Exclusive Collection Cefalù Resort

The Club Med Exclusive Collection Cefalù Resort stands as a testament to luxury - the architecture of this beach resort in Italy marries Sicilian scenery with two-storey Il Borgo and stunning wooden Villettas overlooking the ocean.

Choose between the Superior, Deluxe, and Suite (with private terrace & accessibility-friendly amenities) accommodations, promising a lavish retreat.

Meanwhile, the resort's full-board gourmet cuisine and open bar ensures a culinary journey worthy of discerning palates, making it one of the best hotels in Italy. Day and night entertainment completes the experience, blending relaxation and excitement.

Beyond the resort's boundaries, embark on guided excursions* to discover Sicily's rich tapestry. Here are some of the top attractions you need to visit during your trip to Cefalù:

*At additional cost. Contact us for more information.

1. The Duomo Cathedral

The Duomo, also known as the Cefalù Cathedral or Cathedral-Basilica of Cefalù is a majestic architectural marvel located in the heart of the town.

It’s a real-time record of mediaeval Norman architecture and houses an array of artistic treasures. Completed in 1267, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a remarkable blend of architectural grandeur and cultural richness. Beyond the visual splendour, Cefalù Cathedral holds a significant place in history - its construction was commissioned by Roger II of Sicily, reflecting the Norman rulers' desire to leave a lasting legacy.

Stepping inside, you'll be captivated by the stunning mosaics that adorn the cathedral, with one of its most remarkable features being the apse mosaic depicting Christ Pantocrator (Christ All Powerful) surrounded by scenes from the Old and New Testaments. This majestic mosaic is considered one of Sicily's greatest artistic treasures and the oldest and most well-preserved mosaic in Sicily.

Inside the cathedral, visitors are treated to a captivating display of other notable artworks and architectural elements. The nave, supported by elegant columns with decorative capitals, leads worshippers and visitors through a space infused with mediaeval charm. The side aisles showcase additional artistic details, creating a sense of reverence.

The cathedral's enduring beauty and cultural significance make it a must-visit spot for those exploring this coastal town.

2. Nautical Adventures in Cefalù Bay

Set sail on inflatable monohulls and dinghies, embracing the freedom of Cefalù Bay.
Cefalù Bay, nestled along the northern coast of Sicily, is a picturesque stretch of coastline renowned for its captivating beauty. The bay, shouldered by the Tyrrhenian Sea, boasts crystal-clear waters that transition from vibrant turquoise to deep blue.

Its strategic location beneath the towering Mount Etna offers a unique blend of natural wonders. The surrounding landscape - rugged cliffs and lush greenery - provides a stunning backdrop for maritime activities. Whether sailing, swimming or simply basking in the sun, Cefalù Bay promises an idyllic escape.

For Club Med guests, the Nautical Base, located in a creek below the resort, is a hub for adventure seekers. Our G.O®s, with qualifications recognised by the French Sailing Federation, ensures a safe and exhilarating sailing experience* on the open waters during your next holiday to Italy.

*At additional cost. Contact us for more information.

3. Hike To The Top of the Rocca

Perched 268 metres above Cefalù, the Rocca stands as a majestic sentinel overlooking the town. Another UNESCO-protected site, it captivates with its historical and natural significance. It is accessible year-round, with each season offering a unique charm.

The 2-hour hike to the Rocca unveils panoramic vistas of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the town below. En route, marvel at the 9th-century BC Temple of Diana and the mediaeval Cefalù Castle, weaving glimpses of the past into your trip uphill.

4. Stroll through Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina

Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina is a beautiful promenade lined with shops, cafés, and restaurants along the coastline of Cefalù. This scenic pathway offers breathtaking views of the beach and the sea, providing a serene and picturesque setting for locals and visitors alike.

The promenade is an ideal spot for leisurely walks, offering opportunities to appreciate both sunrise and sunset. Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat or a romantic evening, Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina encapsulates the coastal charm of Cefalù.

Take off your shoes for a walk on the sandy beach in the enclave below town. The perfect place to live La Dolce Vita as you watch the sea roll in, tan on the colourful sunbeds, or splash around in the water.

5. Majestic Views On Top Of Mount Etna

No visit to Sicily is complete without exploring the towering majesty of Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano.

Rent a vehicle and enlist the expertise of a knowledgeable guide to explore this majestic peak. Traverse the rugged terrain in a 4x4 vehicle, available for rent. For the adventurous, guided lava treks offer a surreal journey across solidified lava fields, providing a firsthand encounter with the volcano's geological wonders. For an added thrill, hop on off-road vehicles, providing an up-close exploration of the volcano's diverse ecosystems.

To reach higher altitudes and capture unparalleled views, take a cable car ride up the slopes of Mount Etna. As you go up, the landscape unfolds, showcasing the stark contrast between volcanic rocks and lush vegetation.

At the foothills of Mount Etna lies a fertile region where vineyards thrive in volcanic soil. Delight your palate with wines crafted from grapes from this unique terroir, known for its distinct mineral character. Combine your wine experience with a culinary journey, savouring local delicacies.

Tailored Transportation and Excursions For Club Med Cefalù Guests

For seamless exploration, visitors can rent an air-conditioned vehicle (Fiat 500 or similar) for the day, inclusive of fuel (full tank upon collection, no need to refill when returning) and SDW insurance with no excess. Enjoy a comfortable transfer with a professional tour guide available at full or half-day rates, adding a personal touch to your holiday in Italy.

Cefalù, Sicily, is not just a destination; it's an invitation to experience the soul of Italy in true luxury. Every moment promises a journey into the heart of Mediterranean culture, from architectural wonders to nautical adventures and cultural explorations.

For unparalleled convenience, enquire with us now for more information on all-inclusive vacations in Italy. Make your next holiday one for the books with Club Med Exclusive Collection.

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