Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Italy chapter on Sicily has to say about Cefalù:
“This popular holiday resort wedged between a dramatic mountain peak and sweeping stretch of sand has the lot: a great beach; a truly lovely historic centre with a grandiose cathedral; and winding medieval streets lined with restau¬rants, boutiques and small, intriguing shops. Avoid the height of summer when it’s hard to find towel space on the beach and the charm of the place is tainted by bad-tempered drivers trying to find a parking space.
Looming over the town, the craggy mass of La Rocca appears a suitable home for the race of giants that are said to have been the first inhab¬itants of Sicily. It was here that the Arabs built their citadel, occupying it until the Norman Conquest in 1061 forced the locals down from the mountain to the port below.
An enormous staircase, the Salita Saraceno, winds up through three tiers of city walls, a 30-minute climb nearly to the summit. There’s stunning views of the town below and the ruined 4th-century Tempio di Diana provides a quiet and romantic getaway for young lovers.”
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