Half way between Messina and Palermo, the north-western coast of Sicily, boasts a wonderful variety of sceneries. In the space of just a few kilometres, the splendid beaches of the Tyrrhenian disappear into the green hills of the Nebrodi and the Madonie. Cefalù, an hour from Palermo, is one of Sicily's most important tourist destinations. This ancient town, after a series of foreign dominations, reached its greatest splendour under the Normans and the magnificent Norman cathedral is the symbol of the town. Framed between the sea and an imposing rock, the medieval centre with its narrow roads, churches and splendid buildings, the famous Osterio Magno, the medieval wash house and the Mandralisca museum, is alive with cafes, restaurants and shops. A rather tough climb to the top of the rock is well worth while as the path leads up, past the Temple of Diana, to breathtaking views over the town and the sea. Further to the east, the characteristic village of S. Stefano di Camastra is famous for its ancient tradition of ceramic making and its ceramic museum in Palazzo Sergio. Hikers and nature lovers can enjoy the tracks and trails in the Nebrodi and Madonie mountain park. A trip to nearby Palermo and Monreale with their wonderful Arab-Norman architecture will complete a most fascinating holiday.