Cefalù is located at seaside to the Thyrrenian Sea around 25 km (16 miles) north of Castelbuono and 70 km (45 miles) east of Palermo. It is a beautiful little town where the
historic centre is very interesting. Cefalù is a member of the assocciation "The most beautiful villages of Italy". There are in the
area of 15000 inhabitants, warm and approching in a gentle way. Though, during the summer and holiday season there are a lot more people in the streets
because there are many tourists. Wonderful restaurants and hotels are placed just next to the sea. There is a fantastic beach and a nice port for
yachts and other pleasure-boats.
The town is made up around the big cliff, "La Rocca", which you can see from the distant. The name of the town is possibly of Greek origin:
Kefaloidion, which is head or boss in Greek but the name also has been influenced by the arabs: Gafludi. The town is well known from the cathedral which
is build also as a fortification by king Ruggero II finished in 1131. Cefalù is made by the saracens who had a fortification on the top of
the cliff which was started by the byzantines though. It is possible to reach by foot to see by yourself.
The big hospital in the west end of the town is offering services for the people as well as jobs for the area. The country inside from the town is
very fertile for farming and also the fishing is giving jobs to the locals but the main income for town and its citizins comes from tourism.
Inside the country along a road to the mountains running through a forrest with winteroaks and cork-oaks still in the council of Cefalù
you find the post Gibilmanna. From there a spectacular view of th eThyrrenian sea and Aoelian islands. There at Gibilmanna there is a big church dedicated
to the Virgin Mary and next to the church is a sanctuary for priests. Also you find a museum dedicated the culture of the Franciscans.
4 km (2½ miles) east of Cefalù there is the little village named San Ambrodio where a church named as the village is located
in the area of San Biagio nearby. The church
has frescoes from the 13th century.
There are nice lodgings to find in Cefalù - also with swimming pool. And 15 km (10 miles) further west along the road to Palermo we have
contact to a lovely B&B and holiday flats (agriturismo) also with swimming pool and easy access to the sea.