Whilst the town offers no ancient ruins, medieval churches or Baroque palaces, you will instead you find a well-run town offering everything you could want for a beach holiday in Sicily.
The town's popularity stems largely due to its beautiful coastline that offers the most wonderful views of the Aeolian Islands on the horizon. As a popular destination for tourists from all over Italy and other parts of the world, Capo d'Orlando has much to offer you in the way of shopping, eating out, beach facilities, entertainment and a good choice and range of accommodation.
Capo d’Orlando is not all about tourism, it is also a town where ordinary Sicilians live and work. Therefore the town has good train and bus connections to the rest of the island. From here you can take the train towards Palermo the capital city with a rich history, stopping at Cefalù and other historic places along the way. The town also has a small marina for both fishing and tourist boats alike that offers transportation to and from the Aeolian islands during the summer season.
See the traditional villages and meet the villagers in the nearby Nebrodi mountains in the protected region of Nebrodi National Park. Here you will find old villages which were once inhabited by Sicilian noble families. The districts in the area are now a nature reserve. Walking along the old paths and narrow passageways, you get the most spectacular views of the sea and Mount Etna.
Excursions to Palermo, Etna and Messina are also recommended. A longer drive will take you to the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento and to Taormina.
From Capo d'Orlando we recommend the following excursions:
- Cefalù, where the old fortress and the Norman church dominate the town's profile and atmosphere
- The Aeolian Islands
- Naso 10 km from the coast
- The Nebrodi Mountains: The countryside of the Nebrodi Mountains consists of green meadows, shepherds' cottages and historical remains
- The old centre and the Greek theatre in Tindari
If you come to stay here the last weekend of July (usually) you will be lucky enough to catch the Capo d'Orlando Blues Festival. The festival has been running for over 20 years and each year it brings new acts, both international musicians and local ones too. Events are held in various venues in town and some are free in the Piazza, others require an entrance fee and are held in venues outside of town.