Bike Path Riviera Ligure Italy made from an old railroad
The bike path of the Coastal Park of West Liguria, was obtained from one of Europe’s most fascinating railways. Breathtaking views overlooking the sea and an ideal place for sports and for an idyllic holiday in Liguria.
The bike path has a length of twenty-eight kilometers and passes through the eight municipalities ranging from Sanremo to San Lorenzo a Mare. In the spaces vacated by the railway, were made bys with fountains and benches, refreshment areas, bars, restaurants and retail facilities for bike rental. The widening of the track are still in progress with the completion of the last line that goes from Sanremo to Ospedaletti.
The bike path connects the sea with small villages located on the coast, as in the past were completely cut off from the railroad that passed in the middle. The bike path is used by both the local population and tourists that each year flock to the Riviera to reach the many beaches or simply exit out in the air and away from car traffic. The bike path, divided into the following five sections, can be reached by motorway A10 exit “Imperia West” direction San Lorenzo al Mare. The bike is equipped with parking lots free of charge located in the immediate vicinity.
San Lorenzo al Mare – Aregai di Cipressa
Starting from the East, the path runs alongside Aurelia road through the former railway station of San Lorenzo al Mare. Following the promenade you can reach the village of San Lorenzo al Mare and its surrounding beaches to continue then in a long tunnel. Just outside the tunnel, was equipped by an ancient Sarracena Tower, an area of relaxation.
Santo Stefano al Mare – Riva Ligure
At the end of the tunnel, you walk about four kilometers in a straight line to flow into a natural oasis of agave blooms, aloe, palm trees and other succulents. The area is sheltered from the north wind and the traffic of Aurelia is perceived only partially because enlivened by the sound of the sea. A little farther on, with a simple detour through the pine trees, there is another ancient tower used in the past as a fortification for the coast from the Saracen invasions.
Riva Ligure – Arma di Taggia
Towards Riva Ligure, there are the first kiosks, in the past small railway service houses and, today, equipped with tables and bicycle parking, but without ruining the architecture and the surrounding landscape.
Arma di Taggia – Taggia
From Arma di Taggia, the journey continues to Bussana or to the medieval town of Taggia. The path that leads to Taggia, one of the largest historical centers and ancient Liguria, where every year take place typical festivals, can be reached after the junction past the bridge on Argentina.
Arma di Taggia – Sanremo
Arma di Taggia, is known for its beautiful coastline and its beaches of fine sand, a unique place where you can spend moments of relaxation. Towards Bussana, near an ancient Saracen tower, the bike path crosses the sandy beaches, destination of sun worshipers. A little farther on, the coast becomes rocky but with unique and rare glimpses. After spending two galleries located in corners and located below the mouth of the hill, there is the final climb of the famous Milan-Sanremo. From here down to two bays lying on the promontory of Cape Verde and, shortly after, there is a refreshment kiosk located just in front the city of Sanremo and the end of the west with views over France.
The cycle route crosses Sanremo, known as the “City of Flowers” for eight kilometers. You can get there from Bussana with an easy flat section, which first passes through the town Tre Ponti and the bathing area frequented by youths during the summer. The imminent opening of the last stretch connecting Sanremo to Ospedaletti and the galleries under Capo Nero, with views of great beauty overlooking the sea.