Holidays to Lascari are about getting back to basics. You can switch off your Blackberry, and tuck in to a rustic diet of country walks, horseback trails, and the freshest of farm dinners.
Silent squares where not a soul stirs, washing flapping from balconies, and silver-haired locals gossiping on their front porches – picture a provincial Sicilian village and you could almost be in Lascari. 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.
Just 10 minutes’ drive away is Salinelle Beach, a long avenue of soft, golden sand. It has a number of popular beach clubs where DJs play all through the day. But those looking for seclusion will find silent, footprint-free sections, too. Salinelle is popular with windsurfers and kite-surfers, and equipment hire is available on the beach. Armband-clad children should be supervised as the sea shelves quite steeply.
Lascari is 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 is just 15 minutes’ drive away. It has a pretty beach backed by higgledy-piggledy fishermen’s homes, and Sicilian restaurants and shops. Equally worth exploring are the Madonie Mountains, the Lake District of Sicily. The region’s capital, Castelbuono, has a 14th-century castle and a clutch of Medieval and Renaissance churches.
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