Holidays to Lascari are about getting back to basics. You can switch off your smartphone, and tuck in to a rustic diet of country walks, horseback trails, and authentic Sicilian dinners.
Peaceful piazzas, washing lines flapping from balconies, and silver-haired locals gossiping on their front porches – Lascari’s a poster boy for rustic Sicilian villages. For its quaint charm, it was picked to appear in the Oscar-winning film, Cinema Paradiso. And its lofty perch in the Madonie Mountains, towards Sicily’s northern tip, means you can sit and watch the Tyrrhenian Sea flickering in the distance.
Take a 10-minute drive from Lascari, and you’ll reach Salinelle Beach, a long avenue of soft, golden sand. Popular beach clubs share the seafront with footprint-free parts that are made seclusion. Salinelle’s popular with windsurfers and kite-surfers, too, and equipment hire’s available on the beach. Armband-clad children should be supervised as the sea shelves quite steeply.
Lascari’s a huddle of straw-thin streets, with Piazza Aldo Moro and the town hall – a pretty, whitewashed building with a bell tower – in the middle of things. There’s a handful of traditional trattorias, cubbyhole cafés and one-off shops, plus the ruins of a Medieval castle on a hill behind the village. And the surrounding countryside is swathed in acres of vineyards, citrus orchards and olive groves, with stone farmhouses where you can taste the local produce.
The town of Cefalu’s 15 minutes’ drive away. It has a pretty beach backed by higgledy-piggledy fishermen’s homes, plus a crop of traditional Sicilian restaurants and shops. Equally worth exploring are the Madonie Mountains, Sicily’s version of the Lake District. Then there’s the region’s capital, Castelbuono, which has a 14th-century castle and a clutch of Medieval and Renaissance churches.
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