Near Cefalù you will find quite a few destinations that we highly recommend to visit. Please find here some of them:
Only 14 km outside of Cefalù there is located Gibilmanna – a place of pilgrimage in a beautiful position on the slopes of the Pizzo Sant’Angelo (1081 m). Visit the famous sanctuary Santuario di Gibilmanna rebuilt in the 17th century. You’ll reach it at the end of a winding street that leads you through a spectacular landscape! After having visited the church, the Capucchin’s museum with sacral objects of the 17th- 19th centuries and the famous Santuario di Gibilmanna, we recommend to take a walk through the nearby woods with elms, beech trees, chestnuts and oaks! It’s so beautiful! And if you’re lucky, you’ll see a group of black wild pigs – typical for this region!
Only 20 km away from Cefalù there is Pollina. You can see the picturesque town, that is located on the top of the mountain (ca. 800 m), from our terrace! Even today Manna is being extracted from the bark of manna-ashes, which is used for sweetening dishes, for producing natural cosmetics and for pharmaceutical reasons. From the top of Pollina you have a fantastic view over the North-East coast of Sicily, the woods and the nature reserve, the Madonie Mountains. When the weather is clear, you can even see the Aeolian Islands and Europe’s highest volcano, the Etna. Visit the church of the 19th century and the amphitheatre. Enjoy the quietness of this hill town!
Approximately 25 km south-eastern of Cefalù, not far away from Pollina, you’ll find Castelbuono – a perfect starting point for different hiking tours! The charming town was given its name by its Castle built in 1316 by the noble family Ventimiglia, who ruled here in the 14th century and made Castelbuono to the economical center of the Madonie. Visit also the Chiesa Madrice Vecchia of the 14th century, the octagonal Chapel of the Ventimiglias with tombs of the family and the fountain Fontana della Venere Ciprea of the 15th century. And don’t miss to taste the delicious Panetone and Torroncini in Castlebuono’s best pastry shop that is well-known all over Sicily and even outside of Italy – Fiasconaro! It is located directly in the center of the town at the piazza.
Located at the north-western corner of the province of Messina, the small town Tusa is approx. 28 km outside of Cefalù. It is well-known for its medieval center, quite a few lovely churches built in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and the Ruins of Halaesa, an ancient town of the 5th century BC. Visit also the picturesque little town Castel di Tusa, located at the sea, and its famous art hotel Atelier sul Mare, where you can find contemporary art.