A lively and interesting medieval town with long sandy beaches and delicious fresh local food to feast on
At the far end of the Italian Riviera coast you will find the popular seaside resort of Finale Ligure. Known for its long stretch of sandy beach, beautiful views and dramatic limestone cliffs, this lively resort offers no shortage of seaside fun. A long, palm lined promenade is filled with open air restaurants, cafes and even a fun fair.
Away from the waterfront fun you will discover a pleasant old town centred around two vibrant piazzas as well as an impressive baroque church.
What to do
For many visitors, the big drawn to Ligure is its long stretch of sandy beach. Extremely popular with visiting Italians at the weekends and in the summer months. Here you will find rows and rows of beach clubs where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas for the day. At the far end of the beach, just before the tunnel, you can find a lovely stretch of free beach.
Take a stroll on the lively beach front promenade. Stretching for about 5km and lined with palm trees, open air restaurants and even a beachfront fun fair. Here you will find no shortage of places to stop and enjoy a drink whilst watching the Italians go about their evening passeggiata. Head back into the historic town centre to the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, two lively adjoining squares lined with cafes and shops.
Also, in the old town you will find the impressive baroque church, with an intricately painted façade and beautifully decorated interior. A 30-minute stroll inland takes you to the beautiful Finalborgo, the oldest medieval part of town, full of narrow alleyways and towering walls, fascinating to explore, having retained much of its original character.
For outdoor adventure head into the dramatic mountains behind town. Famous amongst mountain bikers for its miles and miles of rugged and varied trails. Perfect for biking and hiking. There are plenty of bike hire shops in town.
Where to eat
For homemade local fare, head to Pomella. Situated just off the main square, this cosy little restaurant, a favourite amongst locals, is always buzzing with atmosphere. Try the specials board for delicious homemade pasta and fresh seafood dishes.
Back in medieval Finalborgo head to Ai Cuattru Canti. This traditional osteria offers classic Ligurian fare. The only menu is to be found on a chalkboard and contains a fine selection antipasti, traditional rabbit and anchovy dishes and local wine. Booking essential.
For tasty food and spectacular views head to Ristorante Trattoria Cucco. Seafood orientated, the food is always fresh and beautifully prepared. Book ahead to get a table on the outside terrace to take in the amazing sea and mountain views.
For the best Aperol and cocktails in town head to Bar Milano. This buzzy little bar, full of locals, has an outside covered terrace. Enjoy delicious tapas, great drinks and snacks and soak up the atmosphere. Reasonably priced with friendly service.
How to get there
The nearest airports are located at Genoa (46km) Turin (127km) and Milan (159km). There are direct train connections from Genoa about every 30 minutes (1 hour) and from Milan about every 2 hours (2.5 hours) Irregular direct trains from La Spezia also exist. If coming from France (Nice) you have to change at Ventimiglia.
If arriving by car the highway A10 connecting northern Italy with France passes just a few km north of the town.
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