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Cefalý

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Dotted with bays, capes and peninsulas, the northern coast offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean. Camp sites along the coastline, hotels and holiday clubs generally occupy extensive areas. Lovers of nature, relaxation and peace will find their paradise. It is a calm place where you can take naps in the shade of pine trees, or do water sports such as sailing and windsurfing. Those who prefer more entertainment should choose the pleasant resort of Mondello. Here they will find a charming seafront complete with a casino and a town centre of human scale including outdoor cafťs welcoming the tourists day and night.

To see

Dotted with bays, capes and peninsulas, the northern coast offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean. Lovers of nature, relaxation and peace will find their paradise. It is a calm place where you can take naps in the shade of pine trees, or do water sports such as sailing and windsurfing.

To do

Unmissable, the village of Cefalu is an absolute must-see for its small fishing port where brightly coloured boats rock from side to side. Other sites to visit include the Monastery of Monreale, whose cloister offers a superb set of marble columns encrusted with mosaics. Also worth seeing is the centre of Palermo, offering genuine postcard picture of Sicily.

pros

  • +  The high-quality hotels
  • +  The beautiful coastline

cons

  • -  High tariffs in high season
  • -  The absence of large beaches

To think about

Remember to cover your shoulders and legs in churches, and, on the beach, avoid going topless!

To avoid

Avoid making inappropriate comments concerning religion, as the Sicilians are dedicated believers. Do not talk about the Mafia, it is still a sensitive subject, along with the vendetta.

To try

The Sicilian cuisine is excellent. Pizza and pasta are understandably very widespread, but you will find numerous other dishes. Antipasti (meats, cheeses, small fried fish), i primi (rice and gnocchi or minestre), i secondi (meat or fish), i contorni (potatoes, salads) and finally, i dolci (pastries made of almonds, candied fruit, ice cream).

To bring back

Sicilian crafts are quite varied. You can bring back some ceramic, papyrus or even 'pupi', Sicilian puppets. As for flavours, it is possible to buy capers, olive oil, real pasta and fruit in an almond pastry.
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