WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE DURING THE HOLIDAYS IN LIGURIA
The tourist offering of Liguria includes not only mountains, blue sea and a jagged coastline, rich in inlets and beaches of fine sand, even cities that have entered the collective imagination: Portofino, the city of luxury, Sanremo, the city of the festival of Italian song, Genoa, the capital of the region with its port, museums, villas, its aquarium and the Renaissance and nineteenth-century parks. But also small fishing villages came to the fore in the 70s, such as Seborga, Noli and Apricale.
Follow the recommended itineraries of the Aregai Marina Hotel & Residence and during the holidays on the magnificent Riviera dei Fiori discover all the wonders of Liguria!
Walking along the promenade, in the shade of the famous palm trees, you will be fascinated by the luxurious villas and beautiful gardens, from Villa Ormond and its enchanting park that alternates Mediterranean scrub and a precious and superb tropical vegetation, from the ancient Cathedral of San Lorenzo or characteristic domes of the Orthodox Church. You will be enchanted by the seductive and magical atmosphere of the Sanremo nights, because at the famous Casino everyone can be a protagonist in compelling challenges with the blindfolded goddess. Moreover, every year towards the end of February there is the famous singing event called Festival of Italian Song of Sanremo, commonly known as the Sanremo Festival.
If you want to know the genuine Liguria, frank and a bit shy with its ochre houses, medieval villages, the perfumes of basil and rosemary, try to climb along the Val Roya, with its slopes covered by olive groves, or up to the Valley of the Marvels, among thick woods and beautiful ponds, around which you can make enjoyable excursions on horseback. Or, towards the Val Nervia, where extraordinary landscapes and evocative views tell us about a land that makes you dream, that inspires artists, that stimulates the senses with its colours, perfumes and flavours. There is Dolceacqua, dominated by the imposing Doria castle and famous for the production of Rossese and Vermentino wines, Apricale with its splendid frescoed churches and Pigna, the ancient soul of Sanremo, a charming corner made of alleys, stairways, arches and squares.
Staying a few kilometres from the French border it is difficult to resist the charm of the French Riviera. Strolling along the elegant Croisette, retracing the footsteps of Kings, Queens and movie stars, discovering the many faces of Nice, from the somewhat retro splendour of the Promenade des Anglais to the streets of the Old Town teeming with people until late at night, or immerse yourself in the luxury and class of Montecarlo, with its famous Casino and the elegant Prince's Palace.
Balzi Rossi Caves
Spectacular red rocks overlooking the sea and suggestive inlets, stone words that tell us a fascinating past, which has always stimulated our imagination. For 240,000 years they have preserved fossils, representations and tools that can now be seen in the Prehistoric Museum.
Fun and excitement await you in the area of the Old Port of Genoa. Here you will find the largest marine park in Europe where you can admire strange creatures and curious life forms, meet sharks, penguins, jellyfish and crocodiles, and now, even beautiful and colourful hummingbirds.
On the promontory of Mortola there is a garden of wonders, where olive trees, vines and citrus mingle with the most unusual exotic species. The result is a true Eden, a botanical park unique in the world.
In front of Sanremo there is a stretch of sea capable of giving truly exceptional encounters. Every summer, around 2000 whales and thousands of other cetaceans such as dolphins and sperm whales cross this hot basin. In this way it is possible to sight the cetaceans in their natural environment, to admire their elegance and magnificence, to approach them and observe them without disturbing them.
Bussana Vecchia and Valle Argentina
Above Sanremo stands the "dead city", Bussana Vecchia, destroyed by a terrible earthquake, where today famous artists and artisans from all over the world find refuge. In this beautiful valley we also find Taggia, a medieval centre and an authentic repository of cultural heritage, and Triora, an ancient municipality famous for its medieval statutes, witch trials and churches painted with precious frescoes.
At the centre of the Riviera dei Fiori, it is crossed by the Torrente Impero which separates the two inhabited centres that comprise it: Oneglia and Porto Maurizio. Famous for the production of olive oil, you can admire the testimonies of 6,000 years of the story of oil, protagonist in art, religion, food and daily life, visiting the Oil Museum of the Carli Brothers located not far from the Central square of Oneglia.
It is a town to visit, with the ancient fishing village which, with the proceeds of coral fishing, have made the construction of the picturesque cathedral possible , in whose churchyard, in summer, the International Chamber Music Festival presents the most prestigious representatives of culture. After visiting the very interesting Ethnographic Museum located in the Castle, it is advisable to visit Villa Feraldi which stands out among the olive groves.
A few kilometres from the Antibes exit is this interesting and fun park that includes the Acqua Splash, with swimming pools, slides, sea waves, deckchairs and fast food; The petite ferme, where children can get to know farm animals up close, walk among ducks, geese, turkeys, peacocks; Marineland, which presents one of the most entertaining marine shows in Europe with dolphins, killer whales and ontars; and even more, the Butterfly Jungle, the Adventure Golf and the le Colonial restaurant