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3 itineraries nestled between sea and mountains to explore on two wheels

Climbs, descents, valleys, inland villages and coastal routes: Liguria is perfect for anyone who likes to get around by bicycle. The land where the celebrated Milan-Sanremo ends is certainly not lacking stretches for real experts, like the hairpin bends of Capo Berta, la Cipressa and il Poggio, or the course of the Laigueglia Trophy in the Alassio area.

However, the region is traversed by three cycle and pedestrian routes that are suitable for everyone. The result of the redevelopment of a former railway line, they offer striking sections through tunnels and long stretches very close to the sea. A new healthy and enjoyable way to experience the Ligurian coastline, stopping from time to time for a refreshing dip.

ARENZANO – COGOLETO – VARAZZE

Approx 12 km

We depart from the little port of Arenzano and pass through an area of unspoilt nature with fabulous beach views. The next stop is Cogoleto, famous for its sun-drenched promenade, and then to Piani di Invrea, where the cycleway enters a wild Mediterranean landscape, with rocks lightening to pale grey. The end point is the stunning oriental-style Villa Araba, perched above the sea in Varazze.

FRAMURA – BONASSOLA – LEVANTO

Approx 5 km

From just above the port of Framura, near the train station, we can reach Levanto, in the Valle Santa, passing magnificent little coves like Porto Pidocchi beach and viewpoints such as the Madonna della Punta at Bonassola. This completely flat route is the shortest of the three, and ideal for families.

RIVIERA DEI FIORI COASTAL CYCLEWAY

Approx 24 km

Europe’s longest cycleway starts at San Lorenzo al Mare, a small village of colourful fishermen’s houses, and ends at Ospedaletti, scented by the Provençal breeze; on the way it passes through Santo Stefano al Mare, the typical Ligurian coastal village of Riva Ligure, Arma di Taggia and Sanremo, City of Flowers.