The Ligurian Coast or the Flower Riviera of Italy, as it is most often known, is a place of color-splashed senses, a place of glamor and a place of history, a home to fine arts and quaint pretty villages alike, a place of stars and of wallet-friendly locations. On a holiday on the Flower Riviera... every day is Your day.
The Riviera dei Fiori is that section of the coast of Liguria that is nearest to France, and it is very well-known for its blooms, among other things. And “it all starts” with Ventimiglia, the town that marks the beginning of the Riviera dei Fiori, a town of medieval and modern features, a town that can easily be identified with a history book... (and) keeper. Roman ruins and Gothic architecture pay tribute to this fact, and the old town hosts beautiful churches such as the over 1000 years old Church of San Michele. The mountain town of Dolceacqua is much famed for its 12th century Doria Castle and the stone bridge here, portrayed in a painting by Monet. The narrow streets and the unique atmosphere here are also unforgettable. Then there is also the Bordighera, a seaside town with a beautiful promenade, bars and cafes, a rocky beach and opportunities for swimming and sunbathing, of course.
In going back to the “basics” to say so, the town of Ventimiglia is also famed for its weekly open-air market, that takes over the coast. From a holiday home on the Riviera dei Fiori, you can opt for spending a day or so in the market, and since you are here, you may wish to also check out the Mercado Coperto, a daily covered market in town, where you will find the stall of Pasta Fresca Morena, a family-run home made pasta stall. The most famous city on the Riviera dei Fiori is San Remo, with its famous music festival, with a grand casino, shops and boutiques, beautiful views of the sea. Local museums would be the Museo Civico in Sanremo, the Museo Preistorico dei Balzi Rossi, and others.
This land that has the waves of the Mediterranean crashing at its feet, and the majestic Maritime Alps overlooking its territory, is a land of incredible beauty. A holiday among nature on the Flower Riviera is an escape into a setting that has you feeling a step closer to heaven. See the Hanbury Botanical Gardens if you get the chance, and visit the small villages that are encountered in this region. The caves of Toriano are immensely interesting if you wish to see traces of Prehistoric man and a 12 millions years old bear cemetery. From mountains to coastal beauty, you can find your own “way on the highway” of colorful attractions here.
A wellness weekend on the Flower Riviera? It's totally “doable”. The area that is touched by the waters of the Mediterranean is like an oasis of relaxation in itself, and then there are plenty of spa and wellness facilities to enjoy in towns like the glamorous San Remo. From massages to sauna, from pools to jacuzzis and others, you can take your pick on the Flower Riviera.
Water sports are a lot of fun on the Flower Riviera of Italy, of course. What's great about this part of the Ligurian Coast though is also the fact that it is less crowded. Thus, you actually do get the chance to get to the beach without “stepping on anyone's toes”... literally. There is also a windsurfing festival in this region of the country, there is the Music Festival of San Remo that you can witness from a holiday villa on the Flower Riviera. Go diving and see the only still existent specimen of the wreck bomber “Stork” that sunk into the sea in 1945, you may even spot some dogfish around it. Canyoning and hiking, walking in the Maritime Alps is also worth it, not only because of the views you will get, but also because of the feel of complete freedom you get from losing your worries among such natural beauty... it won't even be easy to "find" them again, not at all.
A family holiday on the Flower Riviera is that experience that you will be talking about for years and years to come. First of all, because you are on holiday with your family, then because you are in a place where you guys can have fun and relax, where you can learn something new and interesting every day, where you can see places that have never went “through the hour glass”. From the glamorous San Remo to the medieval Ventimiglia, all the time is Your time. Water sports and cycling, relaxing by the sea and going for a picnic in the Maritime Alps, having fun at the Mendatica adventure park, sightseeing in the mountain town of Dolceacqua... the time is now.
The Flower Riviera offers some great specialties in matters of cuisine as well, from the famed Italian pasta to the fabulous pizza, and also fresh fish and seafood, and others. Pesto is the king of foods here, in Liguria, actually, and it is found pretty much everywhere. This green sauce with various types of pasta celebrates your taste buds in a pretty great way. The Focaccia is a gastronomic experience you must try also when on holiday on the Flower Riviera, as well as the simple food called Farinata. The Torta Pasqualina is a delicious vegetable pie, specific to Liguria. Enchant you senses every day in Italy.
From a pet-friendly holiday villa on the Flower Riviera, Italy, you can opt for all sorts of fun things to do together with a man's best friend. The beaches that are not that much similar to a “human carpet” here make it perfect for an evening walk with Fifi and for watching the sunset in a more secluded place. You can barbecue at your pet-friendly holiday park on the Riviera dei Fiori, you can walk in the mountains here, get to one of the quaint villages perched on the hilltops and walk the medieval tangled streets specific to the area. Never mind the being home sick for Rover, your (great) time on the Flower Riviera is Yours and Smootchie's just as much.Points of interest, a “must see” list on the Flower Riviera:
When choosing a holiday on the Flower Riviera of Italy you are to prepare yourself for some seriously dazzling experiences. From beautiful beaches to glamorous resorts such as San Remo, from the medieval feel of Ventimiglia to the Maritime Alps, everything on the Flower Riviera sums up an enchantment of all senses.
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