La Palma

Sicily

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Accommodation

  • Main house: Living room (TV, DVD, A/C) with doors to terrace with open plan dining area and kitchen (oven, dishwasher) with door to side terrace and summer kitchen. Three double bedrooms (A/C).  Two shower rooms.  WiFi.  Central heating throughout the house (payable locally).
  • Annexe: Living/dining area with kitchenette (hob, fridge, sink) and doors to covered terrace. Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to covered terrace and en suite shower room. 
  • Outside: Covered and open terraces.  Summer kitchen (wood oven, barbecue, hob, sink, washing machine).  Lawned area.  Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with corner Roman steps.

Set in a stunning hillside position above the coastal town of Cefalù, this bright and airy villa is a delight.  From the pretty interior, the fabulous summer kitchen and pool area, to the far reaching views towards the sparking sea, La Palma has been designed with relaxed holiday living in mind, when days will languorously slip by in a haze of swimming in the pool, sunbathing on the terrace and dining outdoors.

With dining in mind, the summer kitchen comes equipped with a wood oven for barbecues and homemade pizzas.  White walls and wicker chairs create a beach side feel, a theme continued indoors with the use of pale and sea blue colours, natural coloured wicker furniture and pale walls.  Patio doors run the length of the living room and at one end, a picture window frames the pool area.  Bedrooms are to the rear of the villa, with additional accommodation housed in an annexe, on the far side of the summer kitchen.  Decorated in similar style to the main house, it is ideal accommodation for those seeking additional privacy (perhaps grandparents holidaying with family or older teenagers).

Visit historic Cefalù (10km) for a stroll around the old centre, where the cathedral dominates over the main square, from which narrow streets lead to the harbour and beach.  Or take the train from Cefalù along the coast to Palermo, a melting pot of history and colour, where baroque buildings stand next to souk like markets.  Take in its sights and sounds in the knowledge that La Palma, high on the hillside, awaits your return.

  • Please note that the parking area is on the upper level of the grounds.  There are approx. 28 steps from the parking to the house.
  • Flexible start dates are possible.  Please enquire.

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Great Things to Do Near La Palma

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 15 minutes’ drive from the house, 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 20 mins
Palermo 60 mins

Beaches

La Cala Mazzaforno 15 mins
Cefalù 20 mins

Airports

Palermo 80 mins
Catania 135 mins
Times are approximate

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