A unique experience across one of the most scenic and spectacular region in Italy. Ride your bike up-and-down following coastal mountains, while facing Mediterranean Sea on both sides as if you were riding waves yourself!
Revel at medieval towns with their wine cellars that have been around for centuries; Unesco Heritage Sites from Roman times to WWII memorials that tell our story: a history lesson in every turn along this coast.
Liguria is a region of Italy known for its beaches, culture and vineyards. As you ride your bike through Liguria's coastline facing the Mediterranean Sea, you'll experience some of Europe's most scenic views as well as an authentic Italian way to have fun while touring this country by bicycle.
Soak up sunshine by day or enjoy an Aperitivo under starlit skies - Liguria has it all!
Average Daily Distance: 35 miles / 56 km
Average Daily Elevation Gain: 2822 ft / 860 m
Terrain: 100% paved roads
Recommended Bike Type: Road / E-Bike / Touring
Route Type: Point to Point (start and finish at different locations)
Best Months: May / June / July / August / September
- Cycle the stunning coastline of Liguria, home to the famous Cinque Terre.
- Stop at a local coffee shop in Corniglia for a cappuccino and Italian pastry.
- Explore the vineyards of Riomaggiore before heading back to La Spezia by train.
- Visit the village of Manarola, one of Cinque Terre's most charming villages.
- Take time to explore all five towns on your own, with plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining, and sunbathing along the way!
Day 1 Sanremo to Loano
Nothing better to start this trip with a safe cycle path along the Mediterranean Sea: a abandoned railway turned onto a great cycling experience, with its tunnels and great views.
Day 2 Loano to Voltri / Genoa
Starting in Loano, we will pass so many coastal towns that it's impossible to mention all of them! But one we can mention is Borgio Verezzi, a romantic town with its alleys and open views of the coast.
Day 3 Genoa (no riding)
Genoa (Genova) is a port city and the capital of northwest Italy's Liguria region. It's known for its central role in maritime trade over many centuries.
Day 4 Genova to Sestri Levante
Cycle town by town until from Genoa, the main city of the region., heading to Recco. From Recco, with his traditional cheesy focaccia, we divert after a few bend to Camogli,a charming and unique fishermen town, a real postcard.
Day 5 Sestri Levante to Monterosso
Start with a steep uphill getting out of Monterosso. A little ride along the hills and then straight down to Levanto using a new bike lane (once upon a time a railway track) alternating stunning open views of the sea with historical tunnels cutting the Ligurian rugged hills.
Day 6 Monterosso - Cinque Terre (no riding)
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) is a remarkable cultural landscape created by human endeavour over a millennium in a rugged and dramatic natural environment.
Day 7 Monterosso to La Spezia
Today we cycle inland to avoid a busy road and dangerous tunnels. The morning will start with a tough climb to leave Monterosso, so have a good and relaxed breakfast and be ready to push!
Please note that daily distances will vary based on your choice of accommodation and site visits or detours.