Artemis Hotel is a four star hotel located in the town of Cefalù, very close to the sea and the historical centre, in a newly renovated convent built in the 1950s. Visiting the hotel, one can see how each element has been harmoniously blended with the old convent structure, respecting the aesthetics of a different historical period. Staying at the Artemis Hotel is like living a dream in a historical environment, with the best up-to-date technology at your service. Each room has been designed with attention to detail, comfortable and cozy furnishings being the basis of a classic and relaxing design. Rooms are soundproofed and air conditioned, and each one comes with a minibar, safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. The philosophy of the Artemis Hotel, from the moment of its creation, is based on the complete satisfaction of the customer. Going beyond the four stars which comprise various services, the staff observes high standards of courtesy and professionalism with the guests. HOW TO GET THERE Artemis Hotel is about 300 meters away from the Cefalù Train Station, 200 meters away from the Lungomare Beach and almost 1 kilometer away from the historical center of the city.
Costa Verde is a four star hotel in Cefalù, ideal for spending a family holiday, offering activities, entertainment, catering, but also sea, sun and relaxation for the happiness of all the members of your family. A mix of sobriety and elegance characterizes the 388 rooms of the Hotel Costa Verde, all with private balconies and attention to detail. Tastefully decorated with colors that already evoke holidays, such as white, golden yellow and blue, the rooms are equipped with private bathroom, heating, air conditioning, hairdryer, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, private balcony and wi-fi. Hotel Costa Verde has two different restaurant-spaces, one inside and one outside (open from June to September, depending on weather conditions), both offering a wide range of regional and international dishes, with buffet service. In addition, there is a third restaurant on the beach where you can have lunch by reservation, for a total capacity of over 1000 seats. HOW TO GET THERE Costa Verde is about 7 kilometers away from the Cefalù Train Station, and you can reach the hotel with a Taxi, after a few minutes drive.
Victoria Palace Cefalù is a four star hotel in Cefalù, a few steps from the historical center and just 20 meters from the beautiful beach of Cefalù. Victoria Palace Hotel will complete and satisfy the demand of those who want to enjoy moments of great relaxation, in a cozy and familiar atmosphere at the same time. With an excellent location for an unforgettable holiday, the hotel has 26 luxurious rooms equipped with all comforts, as well as 4 suites with 70 square meters terraces. HOW TO GET THERE Victoria Palace Hotel is about 600 meters from the Cefalù Train Station, and no more than 600 meters from the historical center of the town. Although it’s easy to find, you can also use the map below.
La Rocca, locally called u castieddu (the castle), is a fortified cliff 268 meters high overlooking the beautiful town of Cefalù, rising on the Tyrrhenian coast, one of the most important reference points for navigation between Palermo and Messina. The relief of La Rocca has at its base a triangle with the ridges facing east, west and south. On all sides, the Rocca is characterized by very high cliffs that are practically inaccessible. The complex of fortifications (lower walls, upper walls and the castle on the top) is therefore adapted to the extraordinary topography of the site, constituting a real acropolis. The lower western part of La Rocca is characterized by the ruins of a series of mills and pipelines that collected and exploited the water that descended on the slope. On this side, the path fortified in the Middle Ages climbs to the top of the hill. The perimeter halfway to the top is surrounded by crenellated walls dating back to the Middle Ages and completed, in the recent part, in the 15th century. On the western side of the walls, opens the access gate to which the path leads. Still halfway up the hill, about 150 meters above Read more [...]
Temple of Diana (Tempio di Diana) is a megalithic structure found about 150 meters above the sea leavel, on the imposing Rocca, the rocky hill dominating the town of Cefalù. SHORT HISTORY Some historians claimed that the Temple of Diana is the oldest structure in Sicily, built in the 5th or 4th century B.C. over an existing cistern associated with the worship of water. The incorporated dolmenic cistern is considered of proto-historic origin by many historians. In the 12th century, the structure was used as a chapel, remains of an apse and arched windows being visible in the rear and interior of the temple. The first official archaeological excavations were made by Pirro Marconi in the first half of the 20th century. The excavations allowed to acquire more informations about the age of the building and its role, the conclusion being that the structure was a temple dedicated to the sun. ARCHITECTURE The temple has a main entrance oriented to the west, from which starts a corridor leading to the rocky cistern characterized by a dolmenic coverage. The front door is not at the center of the building, but near the north-west corner, measuring 2.68 meters in height Read more [...]
Lungomare is a beautiful long sandy beach in Cefalù, a fantastic place both for tourists and locals to enjoy the warm sunshine of Sicily. The beach is about 5 kilometers long, starts from the edge of the old center of Cefalù and runs alongside a promenade lined with hotels, restaurants and shops. In the summer time, you can find plenty of private lidos, with sunbeds and umbrellas, but there are also public areas that you can enjoy for free. Due to the shallow waters, the Lungomare beach is popular with families. In July and August, the beach can be very crowded, but the atmosphere is nice. HOW TO GET THERE From the Cefalù Train Station, to the Lungomare Beach, are about 600 meters, or about 6 minutes on foot.
Torre Caldura (Caldura Tower) is one of the coastal watch towers in Cefalù, and the most important of them, part of the immense historical and architectural heritage of Sicily. Dating back to the 16th century, Torre Caldura is, today, in a profound state of deterioration, with portions of masonry frequently collapsing. Its profile overlooking the cliff has always characterized the image of Cefalù for those coming from the east, and is now an integral part of this landscape, depicted in many paintings and photographs. HOW TO GET THERE Torre Caldura is about 3.1 kilometers away from the Cefalù Train Station, located near the Presidiana Harbour, the main port of Cefalù.
The Cathedral of the Transfiguration is the Cathedral of Cefalù, dedicated to the Most Holy Saviour (Santissimo Salvatore). The church, built in Romanesque style, dominates the skyline of the medieval town with its fortress-like appearance. SHORT HISTORY The Cathedral of Cefalù was built by Roger II of Altavilla, King of Sicily, Puglia and Calabria, in the year 1131. According to legend, the king, traveling by ship from Salerno to Palermo, came across a storm, and vowed to build a church there, after he landed safe on the city’s beach. The work began with the laying of the foundation stone on Sunday, June 7, the day of Pentecost, in the year 1131. The king was present at the ceremony, along with the Archbishop of Messina Ugone and the Sicilian nobility. In 1145, the church was established as the mausoleum of the royal family of Altavilla, but the will of Roger II was never fulfilled, because he died suddenly on February 28, 1154, in Palermo, and was buried in the crypt of the Cathedral of Palermo. At the death of Roger II, only the presbytery area of the church was completed, and in the following years the interest moved to the Read more [...]
There is not much to say about Porto Vecchio (Old Port) and, in this case, the phrase a picture is worth a thousand words is completely true. The old fishing port of Cefalù, also known as Vecchio Molo, certainly offers one of the most beautiful views of the town. The small beach, the rocks that enclose it, the 70-meter pier, the balconies of the buildings overlooking the sea, the shape of the cathedral and the green hill of La Rocca in the background makes the picture perfect. Near the port, there is also the only one of the four gates of the medieval town still standing, Porta Pescara, consisting of a Gothic arch that overlooks the small beach where the small and colorful fishermen’s boats are resting. HOW TO GET THERE Porto Vecchio is located about 1 kilometer away from the Cefalù railway station, or about 15 minutes on foot. From the edge of the historical center of the town to Piazza Marina, near the port, there are about 250 meters. The historical center of Cefalù is small and you can easily cross it on foot in about 15 minutes. But if you will allow yourself time to look Read more [...]