On our last day of travel, we had to head to Palermo, but before we stopped at Cefalu. The fastest way to get there from Catania is by highway. With € 0.90 toll and two and a half hours of road, we reach our destination. Cefalù stands as a small pearl on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea and although it currently competes with Taormina for being the most touristic enclave in Sicily, in my opinion, it still retains the charm of the ancient medieval city.
Unlike other coastal cities, Cefalù has a long and well-kept beach where some daring bathers took the first bath of the year, despite the fact that the temperature did not exceed 24 ° C. The sea water in that area has all possible shades of blue, from turquoise to dark sea. We arrived there at one in the afternoon and it was quite hot, so we decided to try one of the delights that we still had pending: granita. It is a slush a little thicker than the typical of Spain, which is eaten with a spoon and sold in a variety of flavors. Andrea, the tour guide to Etna, advised us to try the mandorla (almond) and it turned out to be very good, since the taste was similar to horchata.
Cefalu is known for its cathedral, which although it looks quite rough and austere on the outside, houses an apse full of really exceptional Byzantine mosaics. They say that King Ruggiero II wanted to make a slight to the archbishop of Palermo and built the Cefalù cathedral to make direct competition to that of Palermo. In fact, the mosaics are earlier than those of Monreale and those of the Palatine Chapel of Palermo, since they were created between 1150 and 1160.
When we left, we wandered around the town for a while. It has a lot of charm and is not yet infested with tourist shops, which makes its essence more or less preserved. You can also visit the rock, which is a piece of rock that presides over the city. There stands the Diana's temple and from the top you can see a beautiful view of the town. I know that because of the postcards I saw in one of the downtown stores, because that day I was too tired to climb the 278 meters in the form of a staircase, and more with the heat it was that morning.