Cefalu – Sicily
How we chose Sicily – the island of winged jellyfish
Since the last year in November, when the offers for “seniors” appeared, I paid more than the advance required by that agency, which celebrated this year – 20 years of activity, for a stay in the Giardini Naxos resort, at the shore of the Ionian Sea, 2 km far from Taormina, on the east coast of the island.
After reading the excellent review of Lovely Terra about Sicily, I told myself that there was no point in starting over with the stories. And this is because throughout our vacation in Sicily we had as a starting point, for documentation, the words “lovely terra”, real guides well documented and with a lot of details.
After some time (from November until now) I came up with the idea to complete what I had read with my impressions, subjective in places, with lived experiences, which I think could add something to the image that can form a person eager to get to Sicily.
Sicily was not a priority in our holiday plans, but enchanted by what our children told us, we easily put it at the top of the list. Knowing that there is a lot to see, and following the principle that it is not known when you will get there.
I planned 10 nights in Sicily.
And in order not to always pack and unpack, we chose to stay 4 nights in Palermo, during which time we set out to see Cefalu, Monreale, and Trapani, 3 in Syracuse-Ortigia reserving time for Notto and 3 in Catania where Etna and Taormina were planned.
As an accommodation, we have been choosing apartments for some time. From my point of view you have some advantages that a hotel room does not offer you – more space (you enjoy the living room, very well equipped kitchens), it can be quieter and in general, the apartments on the booking are cheaper than a room at a good hotel.
Of course, no one changes your towels every day, and they don’t even throw away your trash, but when you return home in the evening, you can sit down to a drink with your friends, easily in an armchair. I had experienced (it’s true like in Paris) in which only 2 people could fit in one room.
I have already told a lot and I am sincerely glad that you had the patience to go through the whole article. I just want to encourage you to visit Palermo. And let me tell you, the evening is not dangerous on the streets at all. We were lucky enough to catch two nights of the craft beer festival, but the street remained just as alive after it ended, with many street artists – music, juggling – and performances.
Otherwise, I’m here for any curiosities you may have. And, if you also visited Palermo, additions are also welcome! 🙂