Liguria is one of the most beautiful coastal regions of Europe. As if heaven and earth mix, the mountains drop steeply to the sea and the summer rain leaves on fertile soils lush vegetation, flowers and greenery throughout the year. In between, colourful houses seem to literally grow out of the rocks and ensure the well-known postcard idyll.
Most villages are little more than 30 km from the coast, so Liguria is frequented by bathers. It stretches from the French border in the west to the east Tuscany. In the north it borders on Piedmont and in the south-west on the Ligurian Sea.
Travellers are increasingly taking on the two coastlines Riviera di Levante and Riviera di Ponente. The latter is in turn divided into the Riviera of Flowers and the Riviera of Palm Trees. The Riviera of Flowers is not only a paradise for swimming and sun-seekers. There are plenty of opportunities for sports activities and to explore the hinterland with its hills, which turns into high mountains soon. The name “Riviera of Flowers” is derived from the flower growing in the region. In large greenhouses are bred by Sanremo and Bordighera about 80% of Italian cut flowers. The climate is also suitable for the breeding of exotic plants. This part of the Italian Riviera offers sun-seeking tourists around 300 days of sunshine per year. On the Riviera very mild temperatures prevail in winter, even if they are unusual for these latitudes. Liguria is, due to its climate, a holiday destination during the whole year.
In the East Riviera, a climatically pleasant coastal strip, you can find a really beautiful pearl of Liguria: Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is protected as a national park. Very narrow valleys, vineyards and many high rocky landscapes create here a very peculiar atmosphere. In addition to the different water sports activities that you can do in the coastal region, particularly Cinque Terre are very suitable for hiking. Many very good footpaths run through the mountains and offer magnificent views. Other ways lead along the sea.
The colourful, particular flora and fauna delight nature lovers on their exploring. Olive trees, cypresses, cacti, agaves, palm trees, wine and citrus fruits thrive in the colourful landscape. The scent of pine and other aromatic plants captivates the senses of visitors.
In addition to sand and pebble beaches, there are also many stone and rock beaches in Liguria. On the equipped parts of the beach, tourists can benefit from good service: sun beds and umbrellas are almost everywhere hired. However, the good tourist development also brings a pretty high exploitation of beaches with it. Tourists who prefer more peaceful and deserted beaches can choose the free stretches of beach.
In Liguria tourists visit a whole series of world-famous resorts: the seaside resorts of Sanremo, Bordighera, Diano Marina and Alassio. To the east of Genoa, in the Riviera di Levante, there are famous destinations too, such as Rapallo, La Spezia, Santa Margherita and Portofino.
You can reach Liguria, only 100 km south of Milan, following the Brennero motorway and then along the motorways A4 and A7 on the Ligurian coast which lead to the A10 motorway, also called motorway of flowers.