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CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

florida
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CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

Hi,

We are visiting the port of Messina in Oct , only for 9 hrs, and have had Cefalu on my bucket list (already did Taoramina and Mt Edna).

Do you guys advise to rent a car (seems the distance time is shorter)? Is the driving easy and enjoyable?

Is there a place to park in Cefalu?

What do you recommend we do for 4.5 hrs?

Favorite restaurants?

Thank you!!

Hookmeup :)

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Here & There
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1. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

Welcome to Sicily hookmeup!

9 hours is limited time, and especially for the distance from the port.

For sure you would drive, or hire a driver.

Messina is a bit challenging to drive, and note hours of operation at your intended supplier, and maximise your insurance.

The driving is easy on the A20 after Messina. It's a toll road with lots of tunnels, but fast driving.

And there's excellent parking in Cefalù.

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Palermo to Taormina:

tripadvisor.com/…51765736

And for restaurants in Cefalù....

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2. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

The drive is fairly straightforward on the E-90/A-20 a highway which hugs along the northern coast. But the Drive-to-stay ratio is not in your favor and everything takes a little longer to do that you anticipate. There is a sizable parking lot in Cefalu down by the beach (think open field with a guy in a beach chair collecting fees) but it's inexpensive and it works. But you drive narrow clogged streets to get to it and you tine meter is running. From there you need to walk (uphill) to the Norman church which is why everyone goes there (plus the beach). But the church closes for several hours in the afternoon (something like 12:30 to 3:30) making it a long way to drive just for lunch. The other attractions would mean climbing mountains and you still have the drive home. My impression is that you day would seem more like an episode of "The Amazing Race" rather than vacation. Driving always carries an extra risk and you don't want this to the the last check-off on your bucket list. Good luck..

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3. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

The A20 is a fast-driving road.

The parking in Cefalù costs 6 € for 12 hours.

And it's easy to arrive at the parking as indicated on the link above.

From parking you would walk along the flat lungomare to the historic centre and the Duomo.

Surely see and enjoy Cefalù.

Vagabonda

florida
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4. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

Thank you Vagabond, for your help! Ok, thinking of the worst, sure sounds scary... do you recommend a driver that has done this previously? How long is the road trip? Trying to figure out if its to far just "for lunch"...

On the other hand, do you have suggestions if we stay in Taormina? Did Mount Edna, and the area of the Ancient Theater already.

Thanks again!

florida
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5. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

Hello everyone,

Forgot something, would a train be a better way to get there??

Thanks again!

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6. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

Hire a local familiar with the road and where to go, and parking, and then enjoy your day.

The train is single track and often delayed.

Vagabonda

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7. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

Thanks for your response! Do you recommend a diver/tour guide, if so, who?

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8. Re: CEFALU from Messina port, for the day

Could you perhaps provide more information hookmeup?

Are you based in Messina, or arriving on a tour?

What day of the week?

How much time in port?

Vagabonda

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