Liguria is the ideal destination for outdoor sports lovers!
Mountains and sea – beach vacation combined with sport activities: fishing, bungee jumping, fitness, canyoning, golf, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, cycling, rafting, sailing, surfing, diving, hiking …
Not to mention the almost infinite number of cultural highlights, for Liguria has been a cultural land since prehistoric times. The coast and the hinterland are a treasure trove of culture that is worth discovering.
And outdoor activities are possible all year round: for example, the climbing rocks of Finale Ligure are very famous and walk climbers come here from all over Europe to enjoy the mild climate when north of the Alps the biting frost still prevails. The Mediterranean climate along the Ligurian coast offers ideal biking conditions in spring and autumn: beautiful landscapes, sea, mild climate, Italian location and gourmet menus – Liguria seems created as for bikers! Up in the mountains you can enjoy the absolute silence with a panoramic view from the Western Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. The great track is a nice mix of trails in forests, cart tracks in olive groves and narrow streets in mountain villages.
In 2001, the association “Borghi più belli d’Italia” (Most beautiful villages in Italy) was founded on the initiative of the ANCI (Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani, Italian National Association of Municipalities). Along the trekking bike routes there are:
APRICALE: Against the steep slopes of Merdanzo valley, near the French border, the walls of the village stand out. The narrow lanes of the 600-people village, founded in the year 1000, house also some artists’ workshops.
BORGIO VEREZZI: near Finale Ligure, it is a mountain-and-sea community. The picturesque Borgio remains step back from the Riviera, Verezzi is the west side of the district with the four-natural stone hamlets Poggio, Piazza, Roccaro and Crosa and continues a few switchbacks up into the hills.
CASTELVECCHIO ROCCA DI BARBENA: the 200-inhabitant hamlet grew out of a medieval castle situated on the slopes of Rocca Barbena in val Neva.
FINAL BORGO: A Borgo (village), about 2 km inland of Finale Ligure. The historical setting hides a closed medieval townscape with a pleasant homey atmosphere.
LAIGUEGLIA: the charming beach town between Alassio and Andora is a former fishing village with magnificent palaces, a coast guard tower and an impressive baroque church.
NOLI: the medieval fortification with three gates and several residential towers represents the centre. The once independent maritime republic is to the east of Finale Ligure.
VARESE LIGURE: the northernmost municipality in the province of La Spezia was the first in Europe to receive an eco-certificate of the Eu. The “organic mountain village” in the Vara valley has a unique medieval village, the Borgo Rotondo, with narrow streets, arcades and a historical arch bridge.
ZUCCARELLO: jewel of the 300-people village in the hinterland of Albenga is the small stone bridge across the Neva River. Above the village there are old ruins dated back to the 13th century, to which a steep mountain path leads.
Whale Watching is one of the best things to do in the Ligurian Riviera – especially if you are travelling with children. Dolphins and up to 24 meters long whales live just a few kilometres from the coast. For several years they are also under special protection.
Outside the Ligurian coast there is since 1999 an international whale sanctuary. The nearly 100,000-square-kilometre area is shelter for fin whales, long-finned pilot whales, dolphins, strip dolphins, sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphin and the beaked whale. It extends from the Rhone estuary to Capo Falcone in Sardinia, from Capo Ferro, Sardinia, to Fosso Chiarone in Tuscany.
Caves of Toirano
- Caves of Toirano
The Caves of Toirano (Toirano Caves) are located in a very arid region at the end of Vallone del Vero (Valley of the truth) about 6 km from the coast between Albenga and Finale Ligure. About 70 caves are known in this region, two of them can be visited by tourists: The Grotta della Basura and a tunnel connecting the Grotta di San Lucia.
Since 1953 you can visit the caves – each year more than 200,000 visitors come. Directly near the car park you will find the Museo Preistorico della Val Varatella (Prehistoric Museum), where the findings from the caves are shown.
- Baia dei Saraceni