Liguria: the Cycling Riviera cycleway

Published on:  | Last updated: 14 April 2018

The Cycling Riviera cycleway - near Sanremo (Liguria)

The Cycling Riviera cycleway – near Sanremo (Liguria)

The best of Liguria's cycleways is undoubtedly the Cycling Riviera (Parco Costiero del Ponente Ligure) cycleway which runs for 24 kilometres between San Lorenzo al Mare and Ospedelettti passing through San Remo. The cycleway is one of the very best in Italy, and probably in the whole of Europe. It follows the course of the old railway line that ran along the coast. It is entirely traffic-free. It has opened up areas of the coast that were previously completely cut off by the railway line. Built to a high standard with imaginative planting, it is a delight and deservedly very popular.

The final four kilometres to take the cycleway into Ospedeletti were due to be completed in November 2013 with the opening ceremony scheduled for the 22 March 2014.

Look out for the Villa Nobel at Sanremo which has an entrance onto the cycleway. The villa is where Nobel spent the last years of his life. The villa is open to the public, or you could just visit the gardens.

Map

Powered by WP-GPX Maps

tips for using the map

Map screen grab

Run your cursor over the graph to show the elevation, and distance from the start, for any given point on the route. (Note: the altitude graph is not shown where the route is flat).



map detail

Click the little icon in the right-hand corner to see the map fullscreen


Downloads

Getting there

The stations at the two ends of the cycleway were closed and not replaced. If you are arriving by train the best train stations are probably Sanremo and Taggia.

If you don't mind riding on the Via Aurelia you could start/finish at Imperia-Porto Maurizio or Bordighera. Bordighera is nearly 5 kms from Ospedeletti while the Imperia-Porto Maurizio station is 6.4kms from San Lorenzo.

There are also car parks at either end of the cycleway (San Lorenzo al Mare and Ospedeletti) as well as San Remo and Arma di Taggia. The waypoints file in the gps download package includes waypoints for the stations.

Cafe on the Cycling Riviera cycleway

Cafe on the Cycling Riviera cycleway

Practicalities

There are a number of campsites close to the cycleway including:

Cycling Riviera cycleway (Liguria)

Cycling Riviera cycleway (Liguria)

See also

There’s a very comprehensive site dedicated to the cycleway: pistaciclabile.com (note the spelling of the site name – there’s a national website with a very similar name).

Videos

The cycleway has also inspired this video. Videos of cycleways are useful but generally pretty dull and I watch them with the sound turned off and at doublespeed. This one is definitely an exception. The two tracks used in the video are Bartali by Paolo Conte, about one of Italy’s cycling legends, the other is Bellezza in Bicicletta (beauty on a bike) by Trio Lescano. turn up the sound and enjoy (4:01). The second video is a more conventional promotional video from the Riviera dei Fiori tourism promotion organisation (english subtitles) (2:00).

  show larger in overlay


Get in touch

Please get in touch if you find any errors in the information, or if there’s anything, good or bad, that you’d want other cyclists to know.

Join the mailing list?

If you’ve found this site useful why not sign up to the mailing list for occasional updates about new routes.