The right trip for those who dream of living all year round at the seaside: you will travel in the sunshine of the Riviera Ligure, through coastal villages where at every turn you will be able to answer the call of the sea: the clear water and Mediterranean climate will let you enjoy a bathe well into autumn. The sea breeze and the smell of the sea will accompany your bicycle along the flat coasts and cycle paths made along the tracks of old railway lines, with some differences in altitude to avoid the busier roads.
From the charm of the Cote d’Azur you will arrive at the narrow alleyways of villages beside the sea, following ancient Roman roads perched above the sea and paths surrounded by olive groves, until you reach the charming old districts of Genoa.
Without forgetting the joys of the palate: you will enjoy fish just fished from the sea and accompanied by km zero oil, fragrant Ligurian focaccias and pasta with pesto alla genovese, and you will understand why Mediterranean cuisine is one of the most famous in the world.
The journey starts in Nice, the refined little town looking over the Cote d’Azur. You will be able to spend the day walking along the elegant seafront, or enjoying a privileged view over the port from the top of the Castle Hill, the beautiful park you can reach on foot or by a little train. If you like art you will be able to admire the most famous works of Marc Chagall in the museum dedicated to him, while children will be enchanted by the fountains of the Promenade du Paillon.
The leg of the journey that separates Nice from Ventimiglia is rather busy, but it will lead you to the culminating point of the Via Julia Augusta: Le Turbie, the town which marks the border between France and the Principality of Monaco. Here you will be able to admire the Trofeo delle Alpi (Trophy of the Alps), the impressive monument built in 6 B.C. in honour of the Emperor Augustus. You will continue along the Moyenne Corniche, a road dug into the rock which will give you unique views perched above the sea, until Ventimiglia. Here you will be able to sunbathe on the rocks of the Spiaggia di Latte, or walk among the exotic plants of the Hanbury Botanical Gardens.
Today you will continue up and down along roads passing through coastal villages: we recommend a coffee break among the narrow streets of Bordighera Alta, before proceeding along the Pista.
Ciclabile della Riviera Ligure (the Cycle Track of the Ligurian Riviera), passing through the village of San Lorenzo al Mare. At the end of the day you will arrive at Porto Maurizio, part of the town of Imperia, divided into little villages, each with its own precise identity: allow yourselves to be charmed by the stone houses of La Foce, the fishermen’s village.
From Porto Maurizio you will continue through characteristic Ligurian villages, which charm with their transparent sea and narrow alleyways full of shops, where between one house and the next you can get unique views over the sea. We recommend you stop for lunch at Cervo: its old town centre merited its inclusion in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy. In Alassio you can enjoy a restoring bathe before ending the day gently, tasting the typical Baci in one of the pastry shops in the centre.
The itinerary continues following the Via Julia Augusta, commissioned by the Emperor Octavius: just outside Alassio the land still bears traces of the ancient Roman road. A surprising route, through the remains of ancient necropolises and panoramic views of the isle of Gallinara.
Stop in Albenga to admire the mosaics that decorate the face of the baptistery, or to enjoy the famous chickpea flour focaccia. Your arrival in Finale will enchant you: we recommend that you enjoy grilled fish in one of its typical restaurants. After dinner, do not miss a walk through the medieval district of Finalborgo, which, in the evening becomes even more beautiful thanks to its attractive lighting.
From Finale you continue as far as Varigotti, with its beach considered one of the finest in Liguria. Enjoy a pause for a bathe, but for lunch we recommend you stop in Noli: here the fishermen return every morning with their boats full of products from the sea, and the cicciarelli (little local fish ) are protected by the Slow Food brand. Enjoy them fried or marinated, before going on to Savona, a coastal town dominated by a medieval fortress.
From Savona towards Arenzano, the jewel of the Ligurian coast, to which the poet Giosuè Carducci also dedicated a poem. If you have some time we recommend taking a walk through the Beigua nature park, of which Arenzano is a part, where in the spring you will be able to see harrier eagles, buzzards and falcons in flight. From Arenzano you will continue by train as far as Genoa, one of the most characteristic Italian towns: do not miss the characteristic fishermen’s village of Boccadasse, among little ports and multi-coloured houses, and a visit to the famous aquarium. If you like Fabrizio De Andrè you can walk along Via del Campo, to which he dedicated one of his most famous songs.
Last day included. Tour ends after breakfast.
Nights in *** hotels with breakfast
Hotel De La Mer** is 3 minutes walk from the beach and 250 meters from Promenade des Anglais. Rooms are small, but comfortable, well-furnished and soundproofed with free Wifi, air conditioning and TV. French style breakfast with baguettes, croassant, jams and cheeses. The structure doesn't have the lift.
B&B Casa Fenoglio is situated in the heart of the medieval town of Ventimiglia in a 16th-century building. It offers tree rooms beautifully decorated and spacious with free Wifi, air conditioning and TV. Breakfast is rich with fresh products. The owner is courteous and helpful.
Hotel Ariston*** is situated in Porto Maurizio, halfway between beaches and Parasio historic hamlet. Rooms are well-finished, spacious and silent. Some of these have a balcony with sea view, free Wifi, TV, telephone, air conditioning/heating. Breakfast is good and rich.
Hotel San Giuseppe is just 300 meters from the sea and a few steps by the center of Finale Ligure center. The structure is a little bit dated with basic rooms. Rooms at the first floor are noisy because of a train passage. Breakfast in normal. Staff is courteous and helpful.
Hotel Le Nuvole is a hotel of charme situated in the historic center a few steps from the harbor and it offers a well-finished and modern location. Rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated with style and elegance. Some of comforts are: free Wifi, air conditioned, TV. Breakfast is good with savory and sweet dishes. Staff is courteous and helpful.
Torpado T 800/801 Crossfire
Torpado C 300 Celeste
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included
· Nights in *** hotels with breakfast
· luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
· maps and detailed description of the itinerary
· 24h travel insurance
· Phone assistance in case of emergency
What is not included
. Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
· lunches and dinners
· visits and entrance fees - tips
· personal expense
· possible sojourn taxes
· everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Half Board supplement
· bikes rental
· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.