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Loads of Fun in Liguria, Italy

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Have you ever fancied an exotic trip to one of Italy’s top destinations? I certainly have and after doing some research through Travel Republic, I chose to head off to sunny Liguria! Think rows of vineyards, palm-shaded beaches, stone villages steeped in sunshine and some incredibly delicious cooking traditions.

There’s something for everyone who wants to travel abroad to Liguria – a rainbow-shaped region that arcs all the way from Tuscany to the French Riviera. Genoa, its maritime capital, boasts of medieval passageways complete with mesmerizing walking paths that wind past traditional fishing villages that seem to tumble into vine-terraced cliffs and into the ocean. And if you’re a marine-life lover you will not be disappointed when you delve below the waters on exploration.

Stretches of Beaches

Wanting to travel abroad should conjure up dreamy settings of sunshine, sand, good restaurants and great resorts and this is where a trip to Liguria delivers. There are a number of different stretches of beaches to choose from along the Liguria coastline. My favourite included Borgo Valprino, Cervo and Andora, but there are many more. If you’re after adventure you can try your hand at some of the many water sports on offer along the shore, such as windsurfing, diving and sailing.

Genoa: UNESCO-protected

A visit to Genoa is a must. It is here that you can wander around the UNESCO protected city and take in the rich culture and vibrant locals. The architecture is something to marvel at and the restaurants and shopping are top-notch. The highlights of my visit to the old city included the Piazza de Ferrari, the city’s ancient walls, St. Lawrence Cathedral, the Palace of the Doges as well as the gate of Porta Soprana. A day in the city is sufficient for exploration but you could always choose to base your trip there. Travel Republic can help you with booking the right accommodation.

Activities

I love experiencing the extreme when I’m travelling and there is no shortage of fun things to do in Liguria. The first thing I did was head to the mountains for some physical challenges including climbing, hiking and mountain biking. My brother Azazel wanted to try out go-karting and so after that, we tried our hand at rafting and canyoning. It was certainly a jam-packed itinerary!

Relaxing around trails

Liguria by Massimo AnkorWhen it was time to unwind, we decided to visit the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in La Specia. There are a variety of walking trails so you’re sure to find one to suit your fitness level. Each trail links one of the five Cinque Terre villages to the next. For a romantic stroll I’d recommend “Lover’s Lane” which is a particularly scenic route along the coastline. There are also opportunities to cycle and horseback ride at the park. We took the train from Genoa to get to the park.

Another park worth mentioning is Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre. It is a marine-protected area which is great for fishing, swimming, yachting and diving. The marine life is breath-taking too.

Rock Climbing Routes

Azazel loves to get in a round of golf when he’s on holiday and Liguria is equipped for enthusiasts of all levels with five courses stretching over the four provinces. I promised him I’d play a round of golf with him if he promised to go climbing with me. He kept his word and we headed to Monte Pietravecchia that features some daunting rock walls. We had a great time navigating the climbing routes complete with steel cables and step ways. We were told of other alpine trails in Punta Martin as well as Monte Penello. If you’re visiting in winter you’ll need crampons and ice axes to climb the northern face of Monte Aiona.

Whale Watching

I find sailing relaxing so we chartered a yacht and spent the day on the waters of the Whale Coast in Liguria. This area is home to an array of sea mammals and we were lucky enough to spot a sperm whale during our outing. There are several companies that offer whale watching excursions off the coast, so if you don’t fancy chartering a yacht, you can choose to join a tour instead.

Often referred to as the Cote d’Azur of Tuscany, Liguria has it all. I was surprised at the amount of money we sent on this holiday. Yes, we were prepared but surprisingly, we spent less than we budgeted. I think a great deal of these savings were brought about by a well-planned trip. After all my trips to Asia, I am a bit of a pro when it comes to planning. There were things I didn’t get to explore, discover and experience during this trip so I will definitely be looking to Travel Republic to book my next trip to Italy!

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Ariana Louis and her brother Azazel are adventure-lovers, always on the search for off-the-beaten-track holidays. They pack their itineraries with adventure but always like to take a bit of time out to explore an area and get involved with the local culture. Ariana is always helped by Travel Republic whenever she books a trip abroad.

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