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Cefalù Beach: Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting

Cefalù Beach: Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting

Cefalù Beach (Spiagge di Cefalù) is a beautiful white sand beach located in the town of Cefalù in Sicily. In this guide, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about visiting Cefalù Beach. That way, you’ll know exactly what to expect during a visit. We’ll also talk about the best beaches near the town of Cefalù.

About Cefalù Beach (Spiagge di Cefalù) in Sicily

Cefalù Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sicily. Given most beaches in Sicily are pebble beaches, sandy beaches in Sicily, such as Cefalù Beach, are often touted as the best. If you’re looking to explore the best beaches in Sicily, then definitely add Cefalù Beach to your beach hopping list. Below, we’ll look at exactly where the beach is located in Sicily.

FYI – in Italian, Cefalù Beach is called Spiagge di Cefalù. To keep things simple, we won’t use the term Spiagge di Cefalù too often in this guide. We’ll stick to the English name!

Read about Mondello Beach, Spiaggia San Vito lo Capo and Zingaro Nature Reserve

Rocca di Cefalù and Cefalù Beach (Spiagge di Cefalù) – one of the best beaches in Sicily
Aerial view of Rocca di Cefalù and Cefalù Beach (Spiagge di Cefalù)

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Where Is Cefalù Beach?

Cefalù Beach is located on the north coast of Sicily. Feel free to click on the image below to access an interactive map of the beach on Google Maps.

On Google Maps, you’ll find the Italian name of the beach – Spiagge di Cefalù

Best Cefalù Accommodation

Visiting Cefalù Beach

Visiting Cefalù Beach is a must if you’re visiting the town of Cefalù. Whether you’re holidaying in Cefalù or just visiting on a day trip, a stop at Cefalù Beach should be on your itinerary. But, there are a few useful things to know before visiting the beach. By the same token, this information is also relevant and useful to know when it comes to visiting other popular beaches in Sicily (or Italy for that matter).

Cefalù Beach (Spiagge di Cefalù) and Rocca di Cefalù

Beach Free Access Areas

Similar to all beaches in Sicily, Cefalù Beach has free public areas and private paid areas called lidos. Essentially, all beaches in Italy, including Sicily, are privately owned by the government. In turn, businesses rent spaces on the beach, turning these areas into profitable lidos (AKA beach clubs). To use these spaces, which usually have facilities such as lounge chairs, umbrellas, toilets and showers, you’ll need to pay an entry fee. If it’s a popular beach, such as Cefalù Beach, you may even need to book in advance. But, by law, each beach has to offer a public section, free of charge to visit.

So, what’s best at Cefalù Beach – a beach club or a free access area? Well, at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. Although, it’s important to note that beach clubs in Sicily only tend to operate in the peak season, usually between May and September. Personally, Beck and I visited Sicily in late March, so we simply visited the quiet beach, free of charge without any beach clubs around.

But, visiting popular beaches in Sicily, during the peak season in summer is a completely different story. The small free-access areas quickly become overcrowded as the beach clubs tend to occupy most of the space on the sand. Because of this, we recommend considering a beach club if you visit Cefalù Beach in the peak season.

Cefalù Beach Lidos (Beach Clubs) and Services

Using one of the Cefalù Beach clubs may be a smart call, especially if you’re visiting during peak season. After all, paying for access to a lido is all part of the Italian summer experience fun! By doing so, you’ll get your own sunbed and personal space (relatively speaking).

You’ll find numerous lidos at the beach, all offering something very similar. Because the lidos weren’t operating when we visited, we can’t recommend one over another. But, when it comes to prices for Cefalù Beach clubs, you’ll be looking at around €15 per person. The price actually depends on when you arrive, your length of stay and what amenities and services are on offer. For instance, some lidos have associated bars and restaurants with increased services for ordering food and drinks.

FYI – Cefalù Beach gets very busy in the peak season. So, it’s even possible for the lidos to be at full capacity, particularly on the weekends. So, it may be best to book a reservation at a Cefalù Beach club in advance, securing a reservation online to guarantee a spot. Or, at the very least, arrive very early on the day!

Beck walks towards Cefalù Beach (Spiagge di Cefalù) – one of the best beaches in Sicily
Views of Cefalù Beach from Rocca di Cefalù

How to Get to Cefalù

Now you know what to expect at Cefalù Beach (and other beaches in Italy), let’s look at how to get to Cefalù. Hiring a car in Sicily is often a popular choice for tourists. Certainly, it’s possible to drive yourself to the beach. Personally, Beck and I picked up our car hire from Catania International Airport. For an automatic car, we only paid around €7 ($7USD) per day!

Car Hire

If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

To find out more about renting a car with Discover Cars, read our Discover Cars review and Discover Cars Insurance review.

Getting From Palermo to Cefalù Using Public Transport

Many people visiting Cefalù will do so from Palermo. From Sicily’s capital city, it’s quite easy to get to Cefalù. If you don’t have your own vehicle, it’s best to catch a train from Palermo to Cefalù. You can catch a roughly 45 minute train from Palermo Centrale to Cefalù. From the Cefalù train station, it’s only a 5–10 minute walk to the beach.

We recommend booking your train tickets in advance and also check departure frequency, times and prices.

Booking Trains


Trainline is one of the best online platforms for booking trains. By using Trainline, you can easily find the best available prices and times for your journey. We always use Trainline to book our train journeys in the UK and in Europe.

If you don’t have your own vehicle and don’t want to catch the train, the other option to get from Palermo to Cefalù is to do an organised tour.

Palermo to Cefalù and Monreale Tour

Cefalù Beach

The Palermo to Cefalù and Monreale Half-Day Tour on Get Your Guide is a popular option. During this tour, you’ll get to spend time at the beach!

Cefalù Beach Parking

Honestly speaking, parking in Cefalù is a bit of a nightmare. Specifically during the peak season, you’ll find limited spaces to park in town. Thankfully, one of the best places to park in Cefalù is next to the beach, where you’ll find more parking spaces and opportunities. Next to the beach, on Lungomare Giuseppe Giardina, you’ll find reasonably-priced street-side parking for around €1/hour.

If there isn’t any street-side parking, you may need to settle for a private parking space. The Cefalù Beach Car Park is a large car park, which costs around €5 for half-day parking or €8 for full-day parking. Of course, prices are subject to change. Please let us know in the comments below if the prices for parking were different during your visit.

Best Beaches Near Cefalù

When it comes to the best beaches in Cefalù, technically there is just one beach to choose from – Cefalù Beach! But, there are plenty of nice beaches near Cefalù. Certainly, if you’re wanting to explore more of the nearby coastline or want to escape the hustle and bustle of Cefalù, then heading to another beach, other than Cefalù Beach, may suit you better. To that end, please find below a brief overview of the best beaches near Cefalù.

Views out towards Kalura Beach
Views out towards Kalura Beach

Kalura Beach

Kalura Beach is one of the closest beaches to Cefalù Beach, located on the outskirts of Cefalù. Certainly, if you’re looking for an alternative to the main beach, then head to Kalura.

Kalura Beach map

Caldura Beach

Located near Kalura Beach, Caldura Beach is another beach located on the outskirts of Cefalù. By all accounts, it’s a small beach with beautiful scenery. But, we’ve heard it’s quite difficult to access. So, we don’t necessarily recommend visiting Caldura Beach during your Sicily trip.

Caldura Beach map

Sant’Ambrogio Beach

Located around 6km east of Cefalù, you’ll find Sant’Ambrogio Beach (AKA Spiaggia di Sant’Ambrogio). You won’t find any lidos at this beach. So, enjoy the freedom to explore the roughly 3km pebble beach without any access restrictions.

Sant’Ambrogio Beach map

Mazzaforno Beach

This is one of the most underrated beaches along the north coast of Sicily. Mazzaforno Beach (AKA Spiaggia di Mazzaforno) features a rugged coastline and the usual mix of lidos and free-access areas.

Mazzaforno Beach map

Spiaggia di Capo Plaia

Located near Mazzaforno Beach, Spiaggia di Capo Plaia is a more secluded beach, compared with some of the other beaches listed in this guide. You won’t find any lidos there. Refreshingly, the beach doesn’t get too rammed, even during the peak season.

Spiaggia Capo Plaia map

Finale di Pollina

Especially for locals, this is often a popular alternative to the busy Cefalù Beach. Featuring a long pebble beach, you’ll certainly find fewer people visiting Finale di Pollina.

Finale di Pollina map

Lampare Beach, Castel di Tusa

Located in Castel di Tusa, Lampare Beach is a stunning beach with Blue Flag Award status. Located around 25km east of Cefalù (approx. 30 minute drive), Lampare Beach is certainly one of the best nearby beaches, featuring turquoise-coloured waters.

Lampare Beach map

Accommodation in Cefalù

Cefalù is one of the most popular places in Sicily for visitors and locals alike to spend their holidays. Despite being a relatively small town, Cefalù has plenty in the way of accommodation. Below, we’ve handpicked the best budget, mid-range and luxury Cefalù Beach hotels and similar accommodation options.

Places to Visit After Cefalù

After visiting Cefalù Beach and other nearby beaches, where will you head next? Indeed, there are plenty of things to do on the north coast of Sicily. Without a doubt, you’ll want to visit Palermo and its surrounding coastline whilst you’re on the north coast of Sicily. Personally, Beck and I visited Monte Pellegrino and Mondello Beach, near Palermo. Whilst, further east of Cefalù, before Messina, you’ve got Milazzo, which is well-known as the location to get ferries to the Aeolian Islands. But, visiting Capo Milazzo and the epic Pool of Venus is worth a visit in its own right.

Dan walks on Mondello Beach next to Palermo
Mondello Beach

What to Wear and Pack

These are our gear essentials for visiting Cefalù Beach.

  • Swimming gear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Day Backpack
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Bonus Tips

  • Sightseeing in Cefalù: after visiting the beach, simply wander the charming streets of the town. Of course, for the best views of the beach, you should definitely hike up Rocca di Cefalù.
  • Get used to crowded beaches in Sicily during summer: to avoid the crowds, visit outside of peak season or visit one of the other nearby beaches mentioned in this guide.
  • Day trip from Palermo: visiting Cefalù from Palermo is a popular day trip option.

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Daniel Piggott

Dan is a travel blogger, physiotherapist, hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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  1. Donna says:

    How does one rent beach chairs/umbrellas at one of the lidos in advance as you suggest? I have looked online with no success. I am specifically thinking about some of those closer to town (Poseidon, Angeli, Pura Vida). Thank you.

    • Daniel Piggott says:

      Hi Donna,

      If you can find the lidos/ beach clubs on Facebook or social media, I suggest messaging them through those platforms. Otherwise, some of the lidos/clubs have websites with contact details.

      Have a great time,

  2. Anna says:

    Travelling to Cefalu in August 2024. Is the accessibility to Cefalu beach difficult for a person with mobility difficulties.

    • Daniel Piggott says:

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for reading the blog.

      I would say the beach is reasonably accessible, with wheelchair-friendly paths parallel to some section of the beach, which are located near the main car park.

      Have a great time in Sicily.


  3. Gary Niblock says:

    Is the Cefalu beach parking in a ZTL zone

    • Daniel Piggott says:

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      No, thankfully, the Cefalu Beach Parking area is not in a ZTL zone.

      Have a great time in Sicily.


  4. Rosalind Pipes says:

    I’m looking for villas around cefalu with someone to cook and clean? Can you recommend any?

    • Daniel Piggott says:

      Hi Rosalind,

      Thanks for reading our guide.

      I don’t have any specific recommendation, sorry! I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for on a platform such as