Are you planning a visit to the wonderful Italian volcanic island of Sicily this summer? I that case I have some vacation tips to pass on to you.
We visited Sicily for the first time last summer and fell in love with its beauty, the sea, the people, the food and the volcanic wines. But how do you start, when the island is that big and has so much to offer? Since we had three adult children and one grandchild with us we had to to find a place that could satisfy us all. After a lot of searching on the web we found a place to stay through Airbnb, a family paradise by the sea 20 minutes drive west of Cefalù.
The property called Casa Vacanze Mare Nostrum is owned by the absolutely wonderful family Longo. www.claudiolongo.com Claudio, the son, speaks excellent English and can give you good advice on how your journey is to be as successful as possible. Casa Vacanze has houses / flats for rent in different sizes and with a magic pool facing the sea. If you feel like spending time at sea, there is the miles-long beach located 50 meters from the pool area.
A paradise for us who love to swim, walk, enjoy beautiful sunsets and collect stones.
When you take your car out on the road there are two grocery stores nearby and I can guarantee you will be happy about their choice of products. Towards the west on the way to Palermo is the best wine/meat/cheese store, while the store towards east on the way to Cefalù offers a divine selection of seafood (their swordfish is the finest I ever got hold of).
What is in the vicinity of this Mediterranean pearl?
A visit to the picturesque town of Cefalù is just a must. You park down at the beach front and walk into the city center facing a unique view. Walking in the streets and go up towards the top of the city where the Cathedral Chiesa di Cefalù is. Enter the church and enjoy the beauty, you might even get to experience a genuine Sicilian wedding with all the well-dressed guests. When you come out of the church, walk down the stairs and keep to the left side of the piazza. Here is a sacred place for all ice cream lovers. Probably the world's best ice cream are served at Serio Bar Dumo Gelatieri who will do everything to please you.
Must be mentioned, because a holiday without good shopping opportunities are a no no. We drove to http://www.siciliaoutletvillage.com/it (from Casa Vacanze it takes one hour and fifteen minutes). With more than 100 stores it's well worth visiting. Are you hungry for big city shopping feeling a visit to Palermo can be recommended. http://www.forum-palermo.it/.
We will return to this lovely place many times in the future, that good was our stay. But enough for now. If you have questions you are more than welcome to contact me, I promise to try and help. Grazie famiglia Longo