Hotel Sasso, Diano MarinaExperience
The Riviera dei Fiori (riviera of flowers) is a hub for outdoor activities. The hills and mountains nearby have some excellent trekking routes, such as the well-known Sentiero degli Alpini (Alpine route) or you could look around and go exploring the surroundings: wherever you go, you’ll be sure to find something amazing – this is Liguria!
Do you like cycling? Ride along the spectacular final stretch of the Milan-Sanremo route or take the longest coastal cycle path in Europe. If you prefer mountain biking there are endless paths to explore, from the easy ones to those truly challenging, with breathtaking descents that seem to plunge right into the sea!
The sea, of course. So many water sports, both on the sea, and under it. You could choose diving in search of an old warplane wreck that crashed in the sea or paying a visit to the Madonna Stella Maris statue, hoist your sails to the Libeccio or the Maestrale, or go for a swim or a paddle; the Ligurian Sea is spectacularly clean and you get a scenic view of its incomparable green hills and rocky coastline.
Other sports available in Diano Marina and nearby include tennis, golf, horse riding, paragliding, etc. Just ask us : we’ll be happy to provide information and assist you finding out where you can practice your favourite sport while you’re on holiday.
The Ponente Ligure (Western Liguria) cycling path is the longest cycle path in Europe, stretching for 24km from San Lorenzo al Mare (just 10km from Diano Marina) to Ospedaletti near the French border.
An historic journey that follows the old railway line, with stations that have been converted into rest stops where you can hire bikes, roller blades, quadricycles etc. A refreshing and exhilarating route through the old railway tunnels and quaint seaside villages that will take you past beaches, flowers, ancient fortifications and natural gardens.
The route has two lanes: one for cyclists and one for pedestrians, so everyone can use the path in peaceful harmony. To practise or for fun, to experience the local scents and colours… whatever the reason… just go!
Cycling out in the country enjoying some amazing views, that’s what the Golfo Dianese Bike Park offers you in the hinterland between Diano Marina and Cervo. Whatever your expertise (beginner or expert rider) you will find a well-used, maintained and signposted path that will suit you. Enthusiasts from all over Europe come to Diano Marina just to have a go on the famous “salto nel blu” (leap into the blue), a launch-pad that makes you feel like you’re flying over the sea!
There are several sports associations in Diano offering guides for individuals or groups, tours, servicing, bike hire and van shuttle services to get your gears easily at the starting points of the paths of your choice.
The beaches in Diano Marina are the perfect spot for summer water sports: swimming, diving, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailing, canoeing etc. There are a number of clubs, sports associations and bathing facilities offering a variety of activities, training, and equipment for hire.
During the last days of summer Diano Marina hosts the Windfestival: the biggest water and windsports event in Italy. Three days of competitions, exhibitions, demonstrations and festivities, where world-famous athletes and sports enthusiasts from all over Europe converge and offer you a good excuse to visit in the low season.
Turning your back on the sea and looking towards the hills you will see the spectacular landscape with its charming towns and villages steeped in history and tradition.
Our advice to you is to visit them all! Amongst other places, don’t miss Dolceacqua close to the French border, famous for its castle and Roman bridge, then take the Apricale ridge which can only be covered on foot.
Or climb up to Pigna, the last village in the Nervia valley, for its stupendous view. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Triora, where witches are supposed to reign – if you dare. Bussana Vecchia and the remains of the distant earthquake are especially worth a visit, as is Valloria with its creative painted doors. Visiting Cervo Ligure and Diano Castello is like stepping back into the Middle Ages.
Food and wine
The cuisine of Liguria, like the place itself, is based on the sea and the land; the authentic Mediterranean cooking that has inspired so many modern interpretations. The Ponente area of Liguria in particular is famous for its exquisite flavours that produce dishes sometime simple but always amazing.
For a light meal we recommend piscialandrea or sardenaira: a particular pizza with anchovies, or panissa made with chickpea flour, often fried. For lunch go for linguine (similar to spaghetti but flat) with the ubiquitous pesto sauce, followed by brandacujun, a traditional dish made with dried cod and potatoes. At dinnertime try the Ligurian rabbit with taggiasca olives and the strong-tasting brussu cheese maybe spread on some Triora bread.
Enjoy all these specialities accompanied by one of our typical local wines: Rossese di Dolceacqua, Vermentino or Pigato.