Italy has 427 top beaches, 9 more than last year. The figures emerge from the 2022 Blue Flag table, which certifies the services and environmental friendliness of coastal and lakeside resorts, as well as the cleanliness of the water.
Blue Flags are international distinctions, created in 1987, with patronage and support from UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Tourism Organisation, which aims to promote a sustainable development at beaches and marinas through strict criteria such as water quality, environmental management, safety and services provided close to or within the beach area. To the Blue Flag Programme participate beaches and marinas in 41 countries of all the world.
Liguria again tops the regional table with 32 blue flags.
THE CLIMATE Our climate is extraordinarily mild in every season. The town is positioned on a gulf in the Ligurian sea, surrounded by hills and is rich with Mediterranean vegetation. These have contributed to make it one of the most famous climate-friendly resorts in Europe with Nice, with its international airport, only 60 km away. The warm and clean seawater, the beautiful beaches, the vivid and bright colours of the landscape, the facilities which enable visitors to play several aquatic sports and the opportunity to observe cetaceans in their natural habitat guarantee visitors a pleasant and relaxing holiday.
THE CYCLE PATH The Riviera’s railway line was designed to hug the shoreline when it was first built in the 19th century. Since then, the main railway line has been relocated underground, and the former line has been turned into a traffic-free cycling route with nearly unbroken views of the sea for about 24 kilometers. Bikers, pedestrians, and joggers all enjoy this car-free coastal route, which is dotted with palm trees, gardens, and beachside cafés. In Sanremo, there are a plethora of outlets to hire a bike, making the city ideal for bikers of all abilities.
THE BEACHFRONT, THE OLD PORT AND THE MARINA The town overlooks the sea and visitors can walk along its entire length remaining connected to the sea. The centuries-old port has remained active to cater for the fishermen’s boats, whilst the new marina of Portosole, caters for hundreds of yachts from all over the world.
MUSIC AND SHOWS Everybody is aware of the annual Sanremo Song Festival (Festival della Canzone di Sanremo), which has been taking place in February/March for over 70 years. However, musical events and shows are abundant and of a high level during all seasons but most particularly during summer when the entire town becomes involved. These events take place in the piazzas of the historic town, and in open-air theatres. Another regular event which takes place during Spring is the Flower-float parade. It provides an incredible show, a performance dedicated to Sanremo’s spring everlasting and the local floricultural production.
THE CASINO It is one of the oldest in Italy and is housed in a good-looking Art Nouveau building in the town’s best suburb, near the grand hotels. Beside the traditional gambling halls, it has a large area with poker machines. Bars, restaurants, a theatre offering a program of theatre shows and concerts further cater for every form of entertainment.
SHOPPING Sanremo’s shops are rightly famous for their elegance. All the most prestigious names in fashion and perfumerie are represented here, particularly in central Via Matteotti and nearby streets. Shops are often open on Sundays too, and during summer shopping hours extend into the evening. And just outside of town, a short shuttle ride away, is “The Mall Sanremo“, the Riviera’s largest and greatest Outlet shopping center, featuring just about every Italian luxury brand you can think of, from Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani to Versace… all at discounted prices!
THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET Italian cooking is famous worldwide; Ligurian cooking will be a rare find. It consists of simple and tasty ingredients such as fish, vegetables, and herbs seasoned with locally produced olive oil. Ligurian food must be enjoyed with the accompaniment of good local wines – both white and red. There are many restaurants in Sanremo offering a vast selection; from the most sophisticated food to simple yet always excellent pizzas.
ART AND CULTURE Sanremo isn’t just a holiday destination. It also has a history, which is clearly visible in some parts of the town, such as the historic centre which was built on a hill during the middle Ages. Narrow and steep lanes lead to the church from where one can enjoy an exceptional view. The town centre contains some handsome 1600s buildings: one of these houses the town’s civic museum or “Museo Civico”. The Mediaeval cathedral dedicated to San Siro dates back to the thirteenth century, but most buildings were constructed early in the twentieth century in an eclectic and modern style. The characteristic houses of the fishermen can be found in the area around “porto vecchio” as in many Ligurian seaside towns.
VILLAS AND PARKS The period between the “Belle Epoque” and the early post-WW1 years can be rediscovered through a walk which is of historical as well as architectural and botanical interest, starting from Villa Ormond, which is set in a splendid park, past Villa Zirio, where Friedrich the Third, the king of Prussia and the German Emperor lived. Lastly to Villa Nobel, the last residence of the famous Swedish inventor with the same name.
PRISTINE INLAND AND OTHER COASTAL TOWNS A few kilometres from Sanremo there are other lovely seaside towns, which are both elegant and vibrant, and the valleys, which run inland from the coast. Here arise picturesque villages surrounded by olive groves where, time seems to have stalled since the previous century, thus nature flourishes and the local food specialties can be tasted.
Agenzia Casamare Liguriahomes es una agencia inmobiliaria situada en la Riviera de la Flores, en la parte occidental de Liguria que va desde la frontera con la Francia y el Principado de Mónaco hasta la provincia de Savona. Liguria es la mejor combinación de Italia: hermosas playas, excelente gastronomía, cascos antiguos, bellezas naturales y arquitectónicas.
L’AUTOMNE EN LIGURIA: La Rivière des Fleurs est très charmante à toutes les saisons
Il y a encore quelques “baigneurs” courageux qui choisissent de prendre un bain à la mer pendant ces dernières semaines alors que nous attendons l’arrivée de l’automne.
Ces semaines sont très importantes parce qu’elles marquent les reprises scolaires, du travail ou tout simplement pour les autres, aussi le désir de changer de residence et d’aller habiter dans une ville plus petite, plus tranquille et extrêmement élégante comme Bordighera.
Pendant la saison d’automne, l’ordre du jour de la Rivière des Fleurs est très mouvementée parce qu’il y a beaucoup d’engagements, par exemple: depuis le jeudi 13 Octobre 2016, la mairie de Sanremo organise un événement qu’il s’appelle “International Music Expo” où nous pouvons participer à la deuxième saison de “Master Class”, cette fois-ci dediée au saxophone. Pour l’occasion sera présent Claude Delangle, un des plus importants solistes au monde, rechercheur et enseignant au Conservatoire national Supérieur de la musique à Paris.
En faisant quelques kilometres, nous retournons à Bordighera, connue comme la “ville des Palmiers” dans laquelle il est impossible de ne pas faire attention à chaque détail.
Pour cette raison, nous devons être très satisfaits pour les travaux de rénovation de la balustrade entre Saint’Ampelio et le cèlebre restaurant La Reserve.
Elle a été construite en fer galvanisé et le travail realisé évoque le dessin idealisé par Charles Garnier en 1800.
De plus, nous pouvons admirer, encore une fois, les plus belles proprietés que notre agence offre à tous les citoyens et à tous les étrangers, par exemple dans “Corso Italia” (rue considerée le “nombril du monde” de Bordighera) il y a un appartement très simple qui se vante d’une excellente position parce qu’il est situé dans le centre ville et dans un palais d’époque très charmant.
En conclusion, en attendant l’arrivée de l’hiver, nous pouvons encore profiter du beau temps pour se proméner dans les rues les plus prestigeuses des villes du Ponente Ligure.
If you are looking for a place in the sun in Italy, Western Liguria is the right place:
Here you get more than the sunshine – Liguria makes you smile.
Liguria’s people are happy people, provide you with good Mediterranean food and the best climate in the world.
If for instance, you settle near the town of Sanremo you get more than good food, sunshine, sandy beaches and wonderful climate, here you have the best of both worlds: beautiful shops, nice cafes, but also Theatre, Casino and of course the close proximity of Monte Carlo with its racing circuit and all the sophistication of the world of their discerning residents.
The Italian Rivera has been the summer residence of European Royalty for centuries, they appreciated the advantages of a healthy climate long ago and this has not changed. Many of the old palaces and Villas, once occupied only by one Royal family, have now been converted into apartments, with all the old charm and glamour, yet with modern living in mind. Beautiful parks and wonderful views abound. Also, lovely villages full of charm and history are scattered throughout the hinterland.
Western Liguria is famous for its unique climate (the mildest in Italy all year round)
The nearest airport is the International Airport of Nice (France) at only 40 min drive, with dozen of flights to London and connections worldwide (it is the 2nd hub in France). In Italy, Genoa airport is at 1 h drive while the private airport of Villanova “Clemente Panero” is just 20 min away.
Take a look to our website, focussed on Liguria, www.liguriahomes.com and feel free to contact me again if you need more assistance or to fix a visit here.
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