The north coast of Sicily boasts a wonderful variety of sceneries. In the space of just a few kilometres, splendid beaches disappear into the green hills of the Nebrodi and the Madonie. Along the foothills of Mount Pellegrino, lies Palermo, the capital of Sicily with its fascinating wealth of extraordinary monuments, a tangible testimony to the numerous dominations throughout the centuries. A real architectural and artistic heritage, from the Arab-Norman palaces to the baroque churches and art deco villas. The ancient and evocative alleyways and streets in the historic centre are alive with tradition and folklore particularly in the four markets of Capo, Ballarò, Vucciria and Borgo Vecchio. The town is also well known, not only for its cakes and pastries, but for its wonderful cuisine, with its unusual mixture of foodstuffs from various cultures and has recently been elected as the world’s street food capital where characteristic kiosks and food shops abound. Cefalù, less than 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 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. The hinterland is also well worth a visit with its numerous wineries, the charming villages in the Madonie and Nebrodi parks. Tourist resorts, such as popular Mondello, line the coast, as do splendid sandy beaches, like that at Balestrate near the Gulf of Castellammare.