What to see and what to do on holiday in Liguria in the beautiful Riviera dei Fiori
Also called Riviera di Ponente, the Riviera dei Fiori extends throughout the province of Imperia, passing through Sanremo and arriving as far as Ventimiglia. This stretch of the Ligurian Riviera is characterized by the presence of fine sandy beaches and enchanting cliffs, which alternate with tourist locations famous for their attractions and the crystal clear water of their sea. The list of things to do and see in Liguria is quite long and not knowing how many days you will spend at the Hotel Riviera dei Fiori, we will try to advise you on excursions, itineraries, places and monuments absolutely not to be missed during your holiday in San Lorenzo al Mare .
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 with a beautiful 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 slightly introverted with its ochre houses, medieval villages, the aromas of basil and rosemary, try to climb along the Val Roya, with its slopes covered with olive groves, or up to the Valley of the Marvels, among thick woods and beautiful lakes, around which you can make fun 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, aromas 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 at our hotel near the French border it is hard to resist the charm of the Cote d'Azur. 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 open spaces 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 reddish rocks overlooking the sea and suggestive inlets, words in stone that tell us of 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 forms of life, meet sharks, penguins, jellyfish and crocodiles, and now, even beautiful and colourful hummingbirds.
On the Mortola promontory there is a garden of wonders, where olive trees, vines and citrus trees 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 which gives truly exceptional encounters. Every summer, around 2000 whales and thousands of other cetaceans such as dolphins and goats cross the hot Mediterrranean basin. In this way it is possible to see the cetaceans in their natural environment, to admire their elegance and magnificence, and to approach them and observe them without causing them any trouble.
BUSSANA VECCHIA AND THE ARGENTINA VALLEY
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. Taggia is also to be found in this beautiful valley, 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 exquisite frescoes.
at the centre of the Riviera dei Fiori, it is crossed by the Impero Torrente 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 oil events, 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 the coral fishing, have made possible the construction of the picturesque cathedral, on 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 kilometers from the Antibes exit is an interesting and fun park that includes the Acqua Splash, with swimming pools, slides, sea waves, deckchairs and fast food; The mini farm, where children can get to know farm animals up close, walk among ducks, geese, turkeys, peacocks; Marineland, which has one of the most entertaining marine shows in Europe with dolphins, killer whales and ontars; and again, the Butterfly Jungle, Adventure Golf and the le Colonial restaurant.