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THREE DAYS IN SICILY : CEFALÚ

Craving a holiday and a little bit of summer in October, a snap decision later, we were on our way to Sicily! Perfect for a 3-4 day getaway, we chose the little fishing village of Cefalú to get some much-needed mid-Fall R&R.

Day 1 :

Fly into Palermo, and either make your way by car (about 100-120 Euros) or bus+train (more like 15 Euros) to Cefalú. We stopped in Palermo for lunch before catching the train on to Cefalú, and found the cutest little spot a sheer 7 minute walk from the station – Osteria Dei Vespri – they have an incredible 3-course lunch offering for 35 Euros, which includes a healthy glass of local Sicilian wine, none of which disappointed.

Onwards with a 1 hour train journey to Cefalú and we made a bee-line for our Airbnb – a gorgeous apartment with a balcony overlooking the streets of the town, perfect for a glass of wine and sunset / people watching.

Grab some gelato at one of the many outposts in the village, and then stop by a village gem – Enoteca Le Petit Tonneau – to make a reservation for one of their 3 available balcony seats for a sunset drink the next day, and to pick up some vino for your evening. End the night with pizza by the beach at Tivitti!

Day 2 :

Spend your morning exploring the side streets of the town after coffee and a pastry or arancini (Sicilian rice balls stuffed with ham / cheese) – the cafes in the Duomo are lovely to see the morning activity in the town, and the cathedral itself is well worth a visit.  

Probably the most relaxed day of the trip, we headed down to the beach for a few hours to make the most of the Sicilian sun – 28 degrees and sunny, it didn’t feel like October.

Sunset was magical, spent at Enoteca Le Petit Tonneau with a couple of glasses of local wine and a Sicilian cheese & charcuterie board. Situated at the edge of the town with its balcony jutting over the water, this spot offers an uninterrupted view of the sun setting over the gorgeous blues of the Tyrrhenian. After your 1.5 hour slot is complete (reservations are only given for 1.5 hours at a time here) head on over to another little wine bar for some bruschetta or burrata and lovely local wine – Rossorubino became one of our favourite go-tos – quality wine + food at amazing prices with beautiful high tables on the side of the street allowing you to really embrace the evening like a local.

Day 3 :

We started the morning with a hike to the top of the surrounding mountain to visit the ancient castle – a lot of Cefalú is filled with Greek ruins and archaeological sites well worth a visit if you’re interested. The route to the top opens at 9am and takes about 30 minutes along a rough-cut path to the top. The views of the town are incredible, and if you need a way to work off all the pasta, this hike is a great choice.

Make it back down in time for breakfast in the main square, before heading to the beach for some well-deserved R&R. Grab some gelato at one of the shops by the beach as you set yourself up for a long rest.

It’s the last night so head on over back to Rossorubino for a couple of farewell glasses – their ricotta and truffle bruschetta is not to be missed. Dinner is some excellent seafood – unmissable given the quality available in this fishing village – at Locanda del Marinaio – a local favourite!

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