Cirasa

Sicily

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor:  Entrance hall. Living room with doors to terrace, leading through to secondary living room (TV, DVD, CD, fireplace) with doors to terrace. Dining room with doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave). Utility room (dishwasher, washing machine). Cloakroom (WC). WiFi. Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • First floor:  Landing area (A/C) with door to rear garden. Twin bedroom with Juliet balcony. Double bedroom with Juliet balcony. Bathroom. Two double bedrooms, each with 4 poster bed and Juliet balcony. Two shower rooms.  
  • Outside:  Enclosed large grounds consisting of trees, garden, lawned areas and terraces. Dining area with pergola. In-built barbecue. Outdoor shower.
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 4m) with Roman steps.

To the south of Cefalù, the country roads wind their way through the countryside, soon reaching the ‘Parco delle Madonie’, one of Sicily’s four national parks.  Here a verdant landscape of pine, oak and beech woods provides home for an astonishing number of plants, eagles soar above mountains, and ancient villages are sprinkled liberally throughout. Cirasa sits at its gateway and offers the best of both worlds: easy access to the stunning countryside, its wealth of walking trails and fascinating villages, yet only 8km from the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea and the family friendly beaches of Cefalù.

Named after the cherry trees within the grounds, Cirasa is a traditional stone built country home.  French doors framed by wood shutters line the length of the façade, allowing access from the terrace into all living areas.   Inside, the décor is timeless, with select wood furniture, comfy sofas and interesting artefacts.  The lovely country kitchen features colourful Sicilian tiles, the wood and tiled floors gleam with the patina of age, and there is a sense of space throughout.  

All the bedrooms have far reaching views across the countryside towards the seas, views which can also be appreciated from the pool area, to the side of the house.  Linking the two are paved pathways and lawn, complete with a summer dining area under a wisteria covered pergola.   Surrounding the immediate outdoor area are large terraced grounds dotted with trees. 

1.5km from Cirasa, along the country lane, is a restaurant/bar (weekend opening only), a popular spot during the summer when its shady terrace offers respite from the sun.  A further choice of restaurants, bars, and the all important ‘gelaterie’ can be found in Cefalù.

  • Terraced grounds mean younger children may need supervision.
  • The terraced area to the front and side of the house is partially cobbled and slightly uneven.
  • Flexible start dates are possible.  Please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near Cirasa

Visit Cefalù’s Cathedral

The two towers of the 12th century Romanesque Cathedral stand proud over the rooftops of Cefalù. Inside, features include elaborate mosaics and a depiction of Christ which dominates the central apse. According to legend, Roger II built the cathedral in gratitude after his fleet survived a terrible storm.

The Museo Mandralisca

This small museum in Cefalù houses a collection of artwork, furniture and precious objects, including a famous Renaissance painting entitled ‘Portrait Of An Unknown Man’.

Climb the Rocca!

La Rocca is the rocky hill behind the town. The climb to the summit takes about three hours and takes you past the 4th century BC ‘Temple of Diana’ and a ruined Norman castle.

Go to the beach

In Cefalù itself, choose from the main bay, Lungomare, which is long and sandy and family friendly, or the smaller beach near the port, Caldura, which is a little quieter and more relaxed generally and great for snorkelling. There are also beaches both to east and west of the town which are worth exploring.

Madonie National Park

This designated natural park just south of Cefalù has a varied landscape of mountains and gorges, open plain and woodland. Great for spotting wildlife, and for outdoor pursuits including walking, mountain biking, and horse riding. Also wonderful for a scenic drive, stopping off along the way at traditional towns and villages for local crafts and great home cooking.

Water park and spa

‘Acqua Verde’ is a small water park about 25 minutes’ drive from Cefalù, with a swimming pool, waterslides, a baby zone, snack bar and picnic area. There is also a spa centre here for some grown-up relaxation or beauty therapies.

Termini Imerese

This town, about halfway between Cefalù and Palermo, is known for its thermal waters. Drinking or bathing in the water is said to cure ailments including skin and respiratory conditions. Also to visit here are the 7th century cathedral and the Roman amphitheatre.

Sightseeing in Palermo

The island’s capital is a beautiful city to stroll around, with impressive architecture to admire and a vibrant atmosphere to soak up. Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normanni, Zisa castle, Pretoria fountain, and numerous churches. And a fascinating but slightly macabre visit can be made to the Capuchin catacombs under the city.

Food and drink in Palermo

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, and great street food for a more informal option. Make a point of experiencing the vibrant colours, sounds and aromas of one of the authentic outdoor markets held in different quarters of the city.

Sicilian puppet show

Book to see a traditional Sicilian puppetry show at the Teatro Argento in Palermo, a local artform which has kept alive to the present day.

Monreale Cathedral

This cathedral a little outside of the city centre is one of nine religious and civic structures in Palermo which are collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a great example of Norman architecture, with a superb interior featuring ornate cloisters & bright gold mosaics of biblical stories.

Agrigentro and Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples)

This outstanding archaeological site, listed by UNESCO, comprises a series of Greek temples, standing up to 30 metres tall, in varying states of preservation, having stood firm since the 6th century BC. There is also an archaeological museum to visit. It is about 2 hours' drive from Cefalù and well worth the journey.

Nearby

Towns

Cefalù 25 mins
Palermo 70 mins

Beaches

Cefalù 25 mins
Torre Conca (Pollina) 35 mins

Airports

Palermo 90 mins
Catania 145 mins
Times are approximate

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