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Day 8: Castelbuono to Tindari via Cefalù

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It was another beautiful sunny day in Sicily when we woke up this morning.

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We had breakfast outside on a terrace slightly lower down in the same building as our apartment.

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As we had some time before we needed to check out, we tried to sit and read a bit in the sun. It soon got too hot though!

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Our plan for today was to drive from Castelbuono to the seaside town of Cefalù, which is on Sicily's northern coast.

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We had a beautiful drive through the mountains and then along by the sea.

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When we arrived, parking in Cefalù was a bit tricky, with lots of narrow streets to negotiate. It looked like a really pretty place though.

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We could see a fortress on the hill behind the town, but didn't fancy climbing up to it.

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We walked through the streets of the old town...

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...getting some more great views up towards the fortress.

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Down one of the side streets we passed we could just get a glimpse of the sea.

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We passed the church of St Stefano, which looked very old...

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...before arriving in a large square which is home to Cefalù's cathedral.

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A cathedral was first built here in 1131 by the Normans, in a fortress style. It certainly looked very big and imposing.

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From the cathedral we walked down more colourful little streets...

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...until we got to the sea :) 

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I read in the guidebook that the beach at Cefalù is one of the most popular in Sicily, because it's very sandy. It certainly looked busy today!

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It was lovely looking out to sea...

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...and back inland towards the town.

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When we got to the end of the pier, we could just make out the twin towers of the cathedral in the distance.

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We walked back into the town in the hope of tracking down somewhere to get lunch.

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After so much meat yesterday, we had a vegetarian day with a margherita and four cheese pizza :D 

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After lunch we had a long drive along the coast toward the B&B where we are spending the night. Because this seaside part of Sicily is so popular, I couldn't find anywhere affordable to stay along the coast at all, so had booked a place which is a few miles inland from the town of Tindari. We've got a lovely room...

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...and our own terrace to sit on :) 

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There are amazing views, both of the nearby vineyard...

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...and of the mountains behind.

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We couldn't have hoped for a more beautiful place to spend our last night in Sicily :)  

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