The best beaches in Liguria

Written by on March 19, 2021 in Liguria, Regions

beautiful colourful beach on the Italian coast

Liguria, a tiny region located in north-west Italy, is famous for its breath taking landscapes, picturesque hamlets and great cuisine. However, the most important reason that attracts every year millions of tourists from all over the world (apart from during the pandemic period of course) is its beaches. But they are not all the same, so that’s why it is so important to know the differences between the different kinds of beaches in Liguria and to choose the right one for your perfect holiday! Here below I’ll show you the most important characteristics of Ligurian beaches.

Sandy or gravelly beaches

You should know that almost all of the sandy beaches in Liguria are located in the West part of the region, to the west of Savona. The most famous and probably the most beautiful are located in Alassio, Finale Ligure, Noli and Varigotti. On the other hand, the eastern part of Liguria offers principally gravelly and rocky beaches…with some exceptions like Sestri Levante, Monterosso or Lerici.

Alassio sandy beach

Kid friendly beaches

In Liguria, you’ll find some places that are absolutely perfect for families with small children. The towns that have kid-friendly, sandy beaches, with shallow water to play around in and many attractions for children are Alassio, Albenga Finale Ligure and Noli in West Liguria and Rapallo, Chiavari, Sestri Levante, Monterosso, Lerici in East Liguria.

Romantic beaches

The most romantic places in Liguria are Cervo, Santa Margherita Ligure, Paraggi, Lerici and San Fruttuoso. They have many beautiful restaurants with a sea views and offer chic and exclusive beaches that are perfect for holidays as a couple. If that’s not enough, in these towns are organised different amazing activities for couples like cruises under the moonlight.

romantic beaches

Beaches & nightlife

For sure the most famous and most glamorous places to spend a night out in Liguria are Santa Margherita Ligure and Paraggi, with their numerous clubs and discotheques. Also in Genoa you can find many clubs and discotheques but unfortunately not nice beaches…However, the city is very well connected with all the sea hamlets of the region so it is extremely easy to reach them from Genoa…even after a crazy night in a discotheque.

Noli sandy beach

Private & public beaches

The whole Ligurian coast is divided into private and public (free) beaches. The private ones offer a deckchair, sun umbrella, changing room and a shower with toilets. Their costs vary principally depending on the town where they are located but the average price is about 25€ per day per person.

However, there is no problem if you are on a budget! Public beaches are completely free, the majority have also free showers and some even have changing rooms. In every town, you will find at least 2 or more free beaches. The important novelty was that during the pandemic period the access to many of the public beaches was limited and it was obliged to book a place there before arriving. In any case, everything still free of charge.

public beach in Liguria

Sightseeing and sunbathing

In Liguria, it is extremely easy to do both of these things even on the same day and almost at the same time! Because the majority of historical centres here in Liguria are situated close to the seaside so that’s why after sightseeing you can stay awhile on the beach and refresh yourself during a hot summer day.

Trekking and sunbathing

Liguria has many, very picturesque trails that lead through local mountains. Many of them are located in the hinterland, away from the Ligurian Sea. However, some exceptions allow you to do trekking and spending your time on the seaside. The most famous and probably the best places for such activities are the Cinque Terre. They offer numerous trails with different levels of difficulty that start and finish in front of the Ligurian Sea. But as we all know by now, Liguria us not only the Cinque Terre! You can find many less touristic and less crowded seaside trails that are equally picturesque and that too are very close to the seaside, in villages like Finalborgo, Albenga, Pietra Ligure, Ventimiglia, Portofino, Camogli, Levanto and Portovenere.

Portovenere, trekking and beach holiday

Surfing and sunbathing

In Liguria, there are some places where the waves are spectacular and that attract many surfers, not only from Italy. If you love this sport you should stay in Levanto and Recco in East Liguria or Andora and Varazze in West Liguria.

Ideal place for windsurfing and beach holiday

Biking and sunbathing

If you are passionate about biking, in Liguria you will find fantastic coastal cycle lanes with splendid views and great beaches in the following places: Levanto, Bonassola, Framura in East Liguria and San Lorenzo and Ospedaletti in West Liguria. A long (about 35 km) and very picturesque cycle lane that starts on the Ligurian Sea and then leads through the beautiful hinterland is in Lavagna, East Liguria.


Well, now you know a little bit more about the Ligurian beaches and where you can find the activities that you are interested in! I hope this article will help you with choosing the perfect place for your Ligurian holidays. Good luck and good choices 😉

Article is written by Agata @That’s Liguria, a tour guide who lives in Liguria.

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