The cycle path of the Coastal Park in the Flower Riviera
Unique in its kind, the cycle path of the western part of Liguria is a long straight stretch overlooking the sea, in a suggestive alternation of small villages, sea, tunnels, and bridges.
Perfectly equipped for bike and rickshaw rentals, with ample parking available, the 28km path starts from the new section built in Imperia between Borgo San Moro and Galeazza San Lorenzo al Mare and goes up to Ospedaletti. It passes through San Lorenzo al Mare, a small village protected by the mountains, with colourful houses of fishermen. The tunnel of the cycle path that begins at the end of San Lorenzo emerges right at Aregai di Cipressa with a beautiful platform where you can rest and admire the incredible landscape that unfolds before your eyes. After the Costarainera tunnel, the route of the cycle path winds towards Santo Stefano al Mare.
In Riva Ligure, the cycle path cuts through fields and narrow streets in this particular area that acts as a watershed between the historic centre of the town and the more distant areas. This stretch of the path is very special because it crosses two typical Ligurian villages clinging to the coast, but touched by the azure waters of the sea.
Then you enter the heart of another wonderful village: Arma di Taggia, the seaside part of the municipality of Taggia. From here, the coast opens onto the Bussana coastline, with sandy beaches and the village of Bussana Nuova that slopes down to the sea.
Continuing, you will arrive in Sanremo, along the Empress’s promenade, along the famous Russian Church. We are very close to the sea, shaded by tall palm trees placed here by the Empress of Russia, Maria Alexandrovna. Riding along the cycle path at this point, you once again admire the beauty of Sanremo: on one side the sea, on the other the Alfano gardens, luxury hotels, and historical landmarks like the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi.
You will then reach Ospedaletti passing through the long Capo Nero tunnel inaugurated in 2014, adorned with phrases and tweets dedicated to the moments that made the “Milano-Sanremo” cycling race famous.