Liguria: laidback beach holidays on the Italian Riviera
Seaside resort:

Liguria in brief


Visit Liguria for medieval towns, UNESCO-recognised natural beauty, ruined castles, scenic beaches, snorkelling, surfing and the home of pesto.


North-west Italy

Nearest airport:

Pisa and Genoa

Key resorts & areas:

Genoa, Cinque Terre, Riviera di Ponente, Riviera di Levante

Major sights & activities:

Whale watching, Genoa old town, snorkelling, scuba diving, walking, Cinque Terre National Park

Best time to go

May to October; May to September (especially August) is the peak season

Did you know?

Pesto was originally invented in Liguria. The traditional method of making the sauce involves using a mortar and pestle (not a blender!) to grind the ingredients for around 10 to 15 minutes. Or, you can just try it in one of the restaurants here!


Beach holidays in Liguria


Located in the far north-west of Italy next to France, Liguria is a relaxed destination full of breathtaking natural scenery characterised by hills and mountains. Its coastline is known as the Italian Riviera, making it a counterpart to the neighbouring French Riviera.

Liguria is full of famous hotspots: the old port town of Genoa, the beautiful Cinque Terre region, the town of San Remo and more besides. Holidaymakers really are spoilt for choice when deciding where to stay.

Here are some of the highlights of Liguria:


Cinque Terre

You can get to the five villages that make up the scenic Cinque Terre region - which stretches for 18 km along the coast - by boat from Portofino. Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare all offer crystal clear waters, citrus orchards, olive groves and various historical churches and other buildings to explore. 

The biggest beach in the region is at Fegina and was once voted by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 sexiest beaches in the world. There are other smaller beaches dotted around the region, but Fegina is probably the best one to head to.

Things to do in Cinque Terre include visiting Torre Guardiola in Riomaggiore for observing the local wildlife, touring the local wineries, sailing and walking to the Belvedere Santa Maria through Corniglia where you can enjoy spectacular sea views.

Monterosso al Mare is the largest and oldest of the villages and has some interesting sights as a result, including the14th century church of San Giovanni Battista (St John the Baptist) and the remains of the medieval Palazzo del Podestà. Vernazza has the remains of a number of medieval forts dating back to the 11th century. 


Riviera di Ponente

This is the stretch of coast that lies between Genoa and the French border and is home to a series of resorts that typically attract families. These include Bordighera, Diano Marina and Alassio. San Remo, one of the first towns travellers come to when driving over the border from France, is another destination worth looking at.

Savona, Varazze, Noli, Albissola Marina, Finale Ligure, Bergeggi, Celle Ligure, Bordighera and Spotorno are more options to consider, especially for their Blue Flag status. Other attractions along the Riviera di Ponente include a number of perfectly preserved 15th century houses, the Toirano caves, the Valdemino grotto and the nearby bathing resort of Borgio. Available activities include snorkelling, hiking, diving and windsurfing.


Riviera di Levante

The Riviera di Levante extends east from Genoa and includes destinations such as glamorous Portofino, Santa Margherita (where you’ll find some particularly good beaches) and Camogli, as well as hills and mountains where you can enjoy amazing views of the sea. Baia di Paraggi is one of the rare sandy beaches in the area, too.

Other attractions include Portofino’s castle and the Church of San Giorgio and the Benedictine Abbey in San Fruttuoso. The activities here are similar to those on the other side of Genoa: think plenty of long walks and water sports.



Residence Le Terraze di Portovenere 




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