Things to do in Cefalù

Our most recommended things to do in Cefalù

From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

1. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Palermo city center on a half-day tour to Monreale and Cefalù. Marvel at a Norman cathedral on the slopes of Monte Caputo, and learn the Greek and Medieval history of one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns. Following a pick-up from your hotel or the port of Palermo, transfer to Monreale where you will have approximately 1-hour to tour the Duomo. An official audio guide is included to learn the history of the 12th-century building, considered one of the greatest landmarks of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the south of Italy. Then, drive along the north coast of Sicily, on route to the beautiful town of Cefalù. Sit back and relax on the 1.5-hour journey, and on arrival go to the 12th-century Duomo. See traces of the Middle Ages at the Osterio Magno. Get panoramic views from the Porta Terra. Discover Greek and Arabic pottery in the Mandralisca Museum, and walk down some curving stone steps to a picturesque cluster of 16th-century wash basins at the Lavatoio.

Cefalù: Paragliding Flight with Instructor and GoPro10 Video

2. Cefalù: Paragliding Flight with Instructor and GoPro10 Video

Experience the rush of flying along Cefalù's stunning coastline on this paragliding tour. Be picked up from the center of Cefalù and use high-quality equipment to take-off with your qualified instructor. Enjoy sweeping views and land on the beach.  Meet your guide in Cefalù and relax on the transfer to your take-off point. Listen as your guide shares some safety information with you. Buckle into your well-maintained safety gear and listen as your guide tells you how to take flight.  Feel the excitement as you float high above the ground over fantastic views of the city of Cefalù and of waves hitting world-class beaches. During the flight your instructor captures videos and photos with GoPro10 from a selfie stick.  End your tour with a gentle landing on the beach and a transfer back to central Cefalù.

Cefalù: Guided Walking Tour & Cefalu Cathedral Mosaics

3. Cefalù: Guided Walking Tour & Cefalu Cathedral Mosaics

The guided tour of Cefalù, near Palermo and the Madonie Park, begins by discovering the ancient Jewish quarter, just outside the historic center of the town, where there are still traces of the Jews who populated this area for almost 200 years. History and tradition mix with architecture and buildings now inhabited more by fishermen, given the proximity to the sea and the ancient Porta Giudecca gate, through which you entered the neighborhood. From here, where you can admire the lighthouse, we continue our walk through the suggestive Sicilian alleys until we reach the small fishing port, framed by the ancient medieval Porta Pescara gate. This enchanting place with the colorful fishing boats has been chosen as a film set for important films such as New Cinema Paradiso and the latest Indiana Jones 5. The tour continues with a visit to the medieval wash house, in the atrium of Palazzo Martino, once a wash house. public with a lava stone staircase and a series of basins where the waters flow from mouths in the shape of a lion's head with supports that were used to rub clothes. Exploring the town you can admire the Palazzo Mandralisca externally which houses the museum famous for Byzantine icons and the portrait of the Unknown painted by Antonello da Messina. The tour ends with a visit to the most beautiful jewel of Cefalù, its Cathedral, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Basilica of the Transfiguration, in Norman style enriched by Arab influences, amazes with its imposing facade with a marble portal and two towers on the sides that represent one the power of the Church with a square plan and the other the power of the Kings and the nobility with octagonal plan. Inside the cathedral we will visit the Christ Pantocrator overlooking the apse facing the many faithful who flock to the Basilica to admire its splendor, surrounded by bright gold mosaics and paintings on a golden background in the Byzantine style.

Sicily: Castelbuono, Castle of Ventimiglia, and Cefalù Trip

4. Sicily: Castelbuono, Castle of Ventimiglia, and Cefalù Trip

Meet your host and the rest of the group at the meeting point and drive to Castelbuono, a medieval village. The town develops around the castle of Ventimiglia, near a Byzantine hamlet called Ypsigro. Upon arrival, we join a small pastry shop to taste the famous Sicilian Panettone, a typical Christmas cake. Later onto Cefalù, a gorgeous town located on the northern coast of Sicily and one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Built on a promontory dominated by a sheer cliff, Cefalù, still keeping its ancient print, has grown around the Cathedral wanted by Ruggero II. Stroll through the medieval narrow street and admire the picturesque houses on the sea and the long beach of finest sand. At the end of the tour head back to Palermo.

Cefalù: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

5. Cefalù: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive cooking show and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, dessert, and drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee).

Cefalù: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

6. Cefalù: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

Your tour will begin as you visit a local market with your Cesarina. There you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will begin a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will then sit down at an authentic Italian table to enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included consist of water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. This is your opportunity to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Cefalù: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

7. Cefalù: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

8. Palermo or Mondello: Cefalù & Castelbuono Private Day Tour

Embark on a scenic excursion in Sicily and see the verdant mountains of the Madonie, as well as the sparkling beaches along the crystalline Cefalu sea. Depart in the morning from your accommodation in Palermo or Mondello in a new and comfortable Van, and head to Castelbuono, the beautiful medieval village nestled in the Madonie park rich in history and traditions. Visit the Castle of Ventimiglia which houses a precious relic of St. Anna the Mother of Mary in addition to numerous other treasures. The visit will continue through the streets of the quaint Old Town, with the Church of Maria. Taste typical sweets, like panettoni, torroni, and cannoli Siciliani, produced by a famous artisan pastry world famous "Fiasconaro". After the visit, you will decide whether to have lunch at Castelbuono if you prefer a traditional rustic cuisine based on meat, cheese, salami, and wild boar, or continue to Cefalù if you prefer fresh fish maybe in a restaurant by the sea. After the tour continues to Cefalu, a picturesque seaside town one of the most popular destinations for tourists who come to Sicily. Here you can admire the magnificent Cathedral Arab-Norman, a UNESCO heritage site. Wander through the old town full of narrow streets and unique views, the small port, the Bastione, the Medieval Lavatoio, and finally down to the splendid beach of fine sand and crystal clear sea. Free time is available for shopping in the numerous characteristic shops in the center.

Cefalù: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

9. Cefalù: Market Tour, Private Home Cooking Class and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local in Cefalù, enjoying the distinctive Italian market experience and learning how to recognize the best products by sight. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes from the area's regional cuisine. At the end of your lesson, savor the fruits of your labor, washed down with local wines. During the lesson, learn the tricks of the trade for 3 authentic local recipes from your local chef guide and have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared, accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

Cefalú: La Rocca Archaeological Park Guided Hiking Tour

10. Cefalú: La Rocca Archaeological Park Guided Hiking Tour

The guided tour of the archaeological park of Cefalù will make you discover an important naturalistic and historical area because it preserves the archaeological remains combined with the charm and naturalistic beauty of the Park. Starting from the town of Cefalù, on a trekking route we head towards the promontory which has an altitude of 270 meters above sea level and we enter the naturalistic and archaeological park of the Rocca di Cefalù. The ascent to the Rocca, through a fortified medieval path, offers the visitor many postcard views and culminates in a spectacular panoramic point from which it is possible to appreciate the view of Cefalù over the sea. The fortress houses several monuments of Byzantine origin, the population in the past centuries took advantage of its position to take refuge from enemy attacks. You will visit the remains of the Temple of Diana, full of legends and mysteries about its construction appears as a fortress sanctuary: the realization similar to a fortress and the ideal position to control those arriving from the sea and is a sacred building linked to the cult of water. Nearby we can admire a cistern dating back to the 9th century BC. and the little church of S. Anna. Walking through the park with our guided tour we will be able to admire other archaeological testimonies of the Byzantine peoples such as fortification walls and ovens. Enjoy the spectacular green landscape where you can immerse yourself in the silence of nature and its beauty that reaches its maximum splendor at sunset and you can enjoy a unique view of Cefalù

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 278 reviews

The tour only gives one about an hour in Monreale. Therefore you need to use your time very wisely. We suggest that you do not climb up onto the roof of the Cathedral but rather focus on the interior of the cathedral and the cloister beside it. The cloister is really beautiful and peaceful. The church is amazing andwell worth the trip.

We enjoyed the day and the cathedral was a highlight. Transported in beautiful air conditioned Mercedes made the tour a pleasure. We liked having time to ourselves to.look around d and enjoy lunch. Thanks Nicky

Joshua our driver is superb. His enthusiasm for his job and the love of his land shine through. Stunning religious sites and scenarios throughout. Monreal should not be missed. Diolch yn fawr Mr & Mrs Vincent

It was just great!!! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! It was great!

Very comfortable can, friendly and communicative guide, lovely places