The history of Cefalù in Sicily begins in ancient times. The city on the north coast has historical traces. With its picturesque old town and small harbour, Cefalù is one of the most popular Sicilian holiday resorts.
Antonio looks at the paintings in his studio. They are part of his life’s work. At the same time an expression of the feelings of the old painter. The 81-year-old never left his home in the Mediterranean. Not even to travel to the Italian mainland. He was always captivated by the beauty and colours of Sicily. The diversity of the island can be found on his canvas. The motifs are only a few steps away. Colourful shutters on the houses. Decorated horse carts. Even the walls of the houses are painted. But the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea also has a lot to offer under water.
Diversity when diving in Sicily
Under water on the north coast you will find colourful vegetation and the typical inhabitants of the Mediterranean. Diving season in Sicily is from April to November.
The rock of Campanari near Cefalù rises from a depth of 32 metres. Its walls are densely overgrown. Gorgonians cover the rock with sponges. Moray eels hide in dark crevasses. A conger eel looks grimly into the light of your diving lamp. Swarms of monk fish compete with bream in deep blue. Scorpionfish dozing on rocks. And there are relics of antiquity. At the dive site Bastione you will find the remains of a Roman harbour. Campanari gives a first impression what Sicily has to offer when diving.
Palermo – City of contrasts
Sicily also has a lot of history on land. Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and many more. They all left their traces on the island. Monuments of different epochs and peoples remind with temples and palaces of past times. And also the appearance of the Sicilians is not only Mediterranean. Blonde or red hair can be seen again and again. In addition blue eyes. There the heritage of the Normans shows up. The capital Palermo shows an idiosyncratic face. Pomp next to poverty. History meets lively present. Wide streets here. Dark alleys there. Marod charm? Just Palermo! City of contrasts.
You will find a completely different world in the villages of Sicily. Places that have not yet been discovered by tourists. Small harbour towns like Castel di Tusa. Mountain villages like Isnello and Polizzi Generosa. They still give a simple way of life. Endless fields up to Etna. Woe if the 3,336 meter high volcano spits flames again!
Colours, shapes, flora, fauna. Everything seems to be even more colourful on the island than on the mainland. It’s 30 minutes by boat to the mainland. But too far for some Sicilians. Until today, painter Antonio had no need to cross over.
Arrival for diving in Sicily
Cefalù can be reached by plane via Palermo or Catania. The transfer is by bus, rental car or train. If you drive yourself, take the ferry from Genoa to Palermo. Or from Livorno to Palermo.
Travel time: The best travel time is April to June as well as September and October.
The best Dive Spots in Sicily
Campanari: A densely overgrown rock. Covered with white and yellow gorgonians. The west side is covered with screw tables. It offers shelter to conger eels and moray eels.
Cap Valtur: Rocky landscape with several dive sites worth seeing. From gorges to boulders in shallow water. Great crust anemones and many sponges.
Bastions: Seagrass meadows, sandy areas and boulders. Good spot for beginners. With a little luck you will find amphora remains here.
Secca di Sette Frati: Ideal spot for observing crabs and squid. Pretty motives also in the close range.
Capo Caldura: Remains of a Roman harbour. Beautifully overgrown rocks with nudibranchs and scorpion fish. Ideal for night dives.
Want to dive in Sicily?
We will select the right diving schools for you according to your specifications.
They will then send you free and non-binding offers within a few days.
Simply compare and book. 🙂
We only forward your request to selected dive centres.
Your details will not be stored and you will not receive any advertising. Promise! 🙂