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Owner: Maria Carla Martino
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Fifth time back in Maria Carla's wonderful apartment. Stunning views from every window and balcony. The pretty little harbour from Cinema Paradiso is just below, the beach is to the left, the Cathedral and La Rocca can be seen from the bedroom and the sound of the Mediterr anean is an ever present. Sunsets are spectacular and it is so refreshing to spend time away from 'the connected world'. Free wifi is available throughout the old town, however, if you need to access the internet and social media. Wonderful restaurants, bars and ice-cream parlours are to be found close by (La Brace is our favourite restaurant), Cathedral Coffee is welcoming and great value for breakfast or evening drinks - say hello to Davide if you're there, La Trinitaria is well worth a visit for a drink and some lunch and Squagghio is great for ice-cream. Maria Carla is a warm and welcoming host and it is fascinating to read about the history of the apartment which has been in the family for generations.
We were there for 6 days and for four of these the weather was excellent though not excessively hot, and for two there was heavy rain for at least half the day. One day was a bank holiday and on that day the town was crowded and lively with loud music. The apartment is very well-situated, directly on the sea wall and right in the historic centre. We walked there downhill from the station in 15 minutes. The view over the town, small harbour and sea are lovely. We made all the arrangements by email. Mariacarla speaks flawless English. She met us at the apartment and provided us with all the information we needed to use it correctly. A security deposit was taken and returned at the end of the stay. There is a large sitting-room with adequate seating and tables and two balconies, and a small kitchen area in the same room. The kitchen area has all the necessary utensils, plates etc. although we did no cooking beyond making tea and boiling an egg: there are too many restaurants in the area for this to be required. Mariacarla left us with a good supply of her own oranges, grapefruits and marmalade. The bedroom was large and the bed was comfortable and wide. There was a small room for hanging clothes and a chest of drawers. There was a hairdryer too. I would certainly recommend this as a comfortable and convenient place to stay in Cefalù. Practical information We reached Cefalù as follows: “Prestia e Commandè” bus from Palermo airport to Palermo (tickets online in advance, at the office in the arrivals hall, or on the bus if you have right money. The bus departs from a stop on the right as you exit the arrivals hall and runs every half hour) and then (the following day) train to Cefalù (we purchased these tickets online in advance). We used public transport (train and bus) to visit Monreale (bus tickets can be purchased in the tabaccheria at Palermo station). Train tickets at Cefalù are purchased at the tabaccheria at the station or from a machine in the station. We used local agencies to book trips: Noema Viaggi for Stromboli and Gukan (via Bagno Cicerone 6) for a trip to Agrigento. I speak very highly of this latter agency. Agencies advertise trips for specific days, but beware that they will cancel them if they do not get enough punters. Also, note that tours offer different languages so you need to check that you speak the language of the tour. We also visited Central Palermo on foot on our way back to the airport.
My husband and I spent 18night in this apartment. The location is beyond compare! Everything is neside you- beach shops restaurants and above all hiztory. The views from every window are stunningly beautiful. The apartment is spacious and well equiped - nothing is too much trouble for the owner. Addtional requests for extra linnen etc are met with grace. Both my husband and I are intending to return here again soon
|April 27 -May 31||480.00|
|June 1 -June 14||550.00|
|June 15 -June 28||580.00|
|June 29 - August 2||600.00|
|August 3-August 23||750.00|
|August 24- August 30||650.00|
|August 31 - September 27||500.00|
|September 28 - November 1||450.00|
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