Over three hundred kilometers of the Ligurian coast present a wide range of ports and docks equipped for recreational sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.
Diano Marina has fine golden sand. Riva Ligure black sandy beach. Sanremo has fine sand and its crescent shape that allows you to enjoy a unique view from the promontory to the cypresses of Bussana Aregai. Balzi Rossi is a few miles from Ventimiglia and is known for its pebble beach The sea is blue and turquoise and very popular with divers and is within an archaeological area.
La Spezia's August sailing regatta sees all the local fishing boats battle it out in the lovely Gulf of Poets. Imperia's tall ships regatta takes place every other year in September. In July, Rapallo stages a three-day firework festival in honour of the Madonnna.
Liguria is well equipped for golf enthusiasts of all levels, with a total of five courses across the four provinces. One of the best courses being the Sanremo course, there are other courses located in Lerici, Rapallo and Garlenda.
The Sanremo cycling rally was formerly a mixed surface event (tarmac and gravel), the rally is now an all-tarmac event and takes place around the mountains. Sanremo is the finish of the classic Milan-Sanremo cycle race (294 km), one of the five 'Monuments' of the cycling season. The Milan-San Remo is a classic cycling race while the 'Classic' San Remo Rally races through the Ligurian and Tuscan Alps in May.
Experienced mountain bikers may wish to ride along the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, although it must be remembered that these routes are primarily designed for walkers so paths are not ideally suited to mountain bikers. Bike riders are asked to limit their speed and never to leave the marked trails.
Liguria’s Cycle Path
A spectacular new cycle - pedestrian path now hugs the picturesque Ligurian coast between Tuscany and the French Riviera. It is the perfect way to explore the quaint fishing villages and glamorous town of Sanremo. The first 24kms from Ospedaletti via San Remo to San Lorenzo al Mare, offers an exhilarating Riviera break for cycling fans, families or walkers.
74km of cycle paths provide magnificent coastal views as well as to food trails in the hills. The current path already provides access to 5kms of previously unreachable beaches and a vast Marine Park, which acts as a whale sanctuary.
The closest skiing is in Limone in Piemonte at an altitude of approximately 2,050 metres. Although you can enjoy skiing in both the French and Italian alps which are slightly further. Limone has:
• 29 Lifts - highest lift: 2,050m (6,725ft), lowest lift: 1,032m (3,386ft)
• 46 Slopes cater for beginner, intermediate and expert
• Total piste length: 90 Km
• Cross-country: 9 Km piste
• Ice rink and paragliding, snowboarding
The Sanremo Music Festival
The Ariston Theater hosts the celebrated annual Sanremo Music Festival, a very popular song contest held in the city since 1951. This festival inspired the Eurovision Song Contest, which started in 1956, and for years the Sanremo festival selected the Italian entry. The internationally notable song "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu", also known as "Volare", was performed at this festival for the first time by Domenico Modugno in 1958. The festival is so popular amongst Italians that it is often referred to simply as "Il Festival" (The Festival).
Other events include the Tenco Prize (autumn), a song contest for authors dedicated to the memory of Luigi Tenco; the Flowers Parade in January/February in which every city of the Italian Riviera presents an original composition of flowers displayed on a Carnival/Mardi-Gras style moving car; and the summer Firework International Contest in the second week of July.