The previous day’s attempt at a relaxing and lush beach day at Mondello beach had officially been a disaster. Still hoping for a successful attempt, I decided not to give Mondello another chance. Instead, I turned yet again to Google to see where else was a hot spot around Palermo. Finding Cefalu popping up quite often, I decided to take the hour train out to the small seaside town.
A comfortable journey later, I was in high spirits, mostly because there’d been a cute dog on the train and it was sunny. It doesn’t take much. My quick search in the morning had shown that Cefalu had more about it than just a beach, so I had a little wander down the charming streets. Of course, I spotted the cathedral and had to visit because I just can’t help myself. It was a pretty hot day, so a cool drink in the square outside the front of the cathedral was a must.
Carrying on through the streets in what I thought was the direction of the beach, I stumbled upon the most amazing view point, Bastione di Capo Marchiafav. There was a small terrace where a busker was sat in the shaded corner playing soothing songs. Looking out over the sea, it was so relaxing, and I stayed for a while just soaking up the views.
From the viewpoint, there’s also a path down to the rocks. Waves gently lapping against the massive rocks, the sun overhead and just peace and quiet, it was so relaxing. I could have sat there for a while, but I was here for the beach!
As I carried on down the cobblestone streets, I could see the sea at the end. Although the beach at Cefalu is long, there’s a smaller section that’s cut off from the rest. Sat alongside the marina wall, the small section of beach had plenty of space to sunbathe without being close to anyone else, and it was relatively quiet. Such a contrast to Mondello beach yesterday, I headed straight to the sand. Burning my feet as it spilled through the gaps in my sandals, I laid my towel down super quick, whipped out a book and settled in for a few hours of reading. As the temperature rose, I’d take a short walk down to the water’s edge and get my feet wet before racing back up the burning sand to the towel again. Absolute bliss.
As time went on, I realised it was getting late and decided it was about time to make the trek up the hill back to the train station. The train was of course delayed, but I was back in Palermo in time to grab a pizza to eat in bed. Today had been perfect to make up for the disastrous Mondello trip yesterday and also to wrap up this leg of the trip.
What was left of the evening was spent packing what I could, watching Netflix and booking somewhere to leave my bag for the next day as my flight wasn’t until the evening. Cefalu was definitely going down in the book as a success.