The Ligurian Riviera di Ponente (also known as the Land of Colors, the Palms, the Sea of Flowers) is known and appreciated throughout Europe for its wonderful coast and sea. Walking along the Via Aurelia, coming from the Albenga highway, after a few curves we see the Bay of Alassio in all its splendor, a postcard framed by the greenery of palm trees and agaves.
Colors, scents, flavors of the Riviera. Here the blue of the sea blends with the green of the Mediterranean, the multitude of sunny beeches, protected by the Maritime Alps and open to sea breezes, enable vacations all year round. Let us mention just a few: Alassio, Ceriale, Albenga, Capo Santa Croce, Laigueglia, Andora and many others.
The beach of about 2,5 miles of fine quartz and limestone, with the atmosphere among the milder of the Ligurian Riviera.
However, Alassio is more than just the sea. Behind it, inland hills and lush green landscapes with picturesque villages. Behind the city lye open hilly trails ideal for hiking and inviting to those who enjoy a walk among the beautiful greenery and in touch with nature.
As much as to the lovers of trekking, this landscape is particularly suited to mountain bikers who may prefer to discover its beauty on the seats of their bikes.
In addition, the roads connecting the small villages of the interior, seem designed for lovers of cycling, a pleasant track that will allow you to discover unique places where you can enjoy typical products offered in our region.
There you’ll find maps of hilly paths of Alassio, itineraries designed by professionals dedicated to both expert climbers and beginners.
Each year, these roads become a theater of international challenge for the athletes participating in the Laigueglia Trophy and the great Milan-San Remo classic.
A stroll to Alassio leads us to the Wall of Artists, the Tower of the Borgo Coscia, the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Guardia, the Holy Cross and Saint Anna ai Monti churches etc. There is a multitude of events such as “Miss Muretto”, “The Most Beautiful of Italy”, and various literary and cultural events.
In the immediate vicinity of Alassio there are numerous historical and cultural points of interest that deserve to be visited and the staff of Hotel Danio Lungomare will be happy to help you find out.
Albenga, with its historical center, is located only 5 miles from Alassio. The points of interest include the City Hall and the Tower of Malasemenza; Palazzo Vecchio; the octagonal Baptistery – a famous early Christian monument inside which there is a baptismal font dating from the late sixteenth century; the Ingauno Museum housing a collection of Roman archaeological remains; the Roman Naval Museum housing both amphorae and naval instruments of the period, as well as the remains of a Roman ship dating to the first century BC.
The Riviera Bay, mountains plunged into the sea. From Cape Cervo to the French border, from the Balzi Rossi to Bordighera, from Bussana Arma to Taggia, from Imperia to Cervo.
Experience a green holiday on the Riviera, along the Roads of Wine and Oil of origin controlled (DOC), the sixteenth-century villas, Romanesque and Gothic churches, the many mills. Read more atwww.inforiviera.it.
At Imperia you can also visit the Museum of the Olive “Fratelli Carli” open every day (except Sunday). Find out more at www.museodellolivo.com.
Sanremo – the City of Flowers famous for the Italian Song Festival, the Milan-San Remo cycling race, the Sailing Regattas, the vintage cars Historic Rally and much more. Read more atwww.rivieradeifiori.org.
Ventimiglia and Botanical Gardens of Villa Hanbury occupying eighteen acres of land, half of which is occupied by a garden and the remaining by semi-natural vegetation. The Garden has been entrusted to the University of Genoa since 1987. Read more at www.giardini.it.