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Cycling in Liguria, Italy.

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by whiskywheels, 10 Jan 2008.

  1. On the basis of looking at some maps and websites, we fancy a summer holiday in this region, somewhere around San Remo or Diano San Pietro. Has anyone cycled in this area? Is it any good? We would be fixed base, and I'd want to do 30 - 50 mile fast blasts, preferably with some mountains, before returning for lunch and the aftenoon on the beach. ;)
    Any tips about routes and good locations would be most welcome.
     
  2. oh come on..................!!! :biggrin:
     
  3. orbiter

    orbiter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    I've stayed in the area (Imperia) without a bike but with local friends to show me round some nice places. Flat, very winding road along the coast and long, beatiful (visually!) climbs up to mountain villages. Apricale, Perinaldo, Dolceaqua & Dolcedo spring to mind. Drivers seem to treat cyclists well - certainly on weekends when the cycling club runs are out and hard to overtake. Cycling into the mountains early in the day would certainly give you a long cool downhill run back to the beach. Not much help but maybe better than nothing.

    Pete
     
  4. orbiter

    orbiter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Another thing - pick your time carefully! It was over 40C there last July.

    P
     
  5. Thanks Pete, that sounds most encouraging. We're almost certainly going the last 2 weeks of June, and should be staying near some of the places you mentioned.
     
  6. bikepacker

    bikepacker Über Member

    Cycled through the area along the coast. Never had any problems other than in Genoa, it is not a good place to cycle.
     
  7. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Not cycled there but the Cinque Terre were pretty gobsmackingly beautiful, and Portofino needs seeing as well. Beautiful part of the world. Bit hilly!