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23/03/2020

BEST PLACE TO STAY IN LIGURIA | ITALY

Best villages to stay in Riviera di Levante (eastern area)

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Best cities to stay in Liguria

  • Camogli 
  • Portofino 
  • Portovenere e il Golfo dei Poeti 
  • Sestri Levante 
  • Rapallo 
  • Lerici 
  • Santa Margherita Ligure 
  • Cinque terre
  • Bogliasco 
  • Sori 
  • Recco 
  • Avegno
  • Uscio 
  • Lavagna


WHICH IS THE BEST AREA TO STAY IN LIGURIA?


Today we are talking about the Eastern Riviera of Liguria, starting from Genoa to the Tuscan border.
This area is called Riviera di Levante and it includs famous and suggestive places and villages such as: Golfo Paradiso, Golfo del Tigullio, Cinque Terre and Golfo dei Poeti.

Liguria is not only a destination for summer holiday and beautiful beaches where to sunbathe, but you can dedicate yourself to other activities all year long like hiking and cultural tourism especially in very well-known places like Cinque Terre, Portofino and Porto Venere.

IMPORTANT: in this area it is need to pay attention to the limited traffic zone (ZTL) and the lack of parking spaces. To avoid problem, it is better to stay in a hotel or B&B that can provide you the "pass" to enter in ZTL zone without taking fines and a private park, if you travel by car. 

Best area to stay in Liguria

Camogli

Camogli can be easily reached by train. It is a nice fishing village famous for the Fish festival which takes place every year on the second Sunday of May (a huge pan where tons of fish are cooked for all people).

Best villages in Liguria

The small stony beach is surrounded by typical colorful ligurian houses with narrow streets where you can discover flavors and glimpses of this beautiful enchanted village. If you get hungry, I suggest you to taste the famous focaccia for sale in many local "focaccerie" (the most popular and famous is the Revello focacceria in Via Giuseppe Garibaldi) and/or even a mixed fried cone.
From the marina you can take ferries to San Fruttuoso abbey.

Camogli is situated in a convenient position for visit both the east and the west part of Liguria and it is also ideal for enjoy the sea and the beautiful surroundings.

Portofino

Portofino is a pearl set in a small inlet.

best area to stay in Liguria.

There is only a busy road that runs along the sea and few expensive car parks, so it is better to reach Portofino by sea.
This pretty port is small and can be visited in a few hours, without rushing, getting lost in its narrow streets.
There are many boats and yachts, restaurants and a breathtaking view across the bay.

I recommend staying there until the sunset when the village acquires charm and romance.

Portovenere and the Gulf of Poets

The Gulf of Poets, also known as the Gulf of La Spezia, starts from Monte Marcello up to Portovenere and includes Lerici and the other 12 villages.
If you are looking for a place to visit this suggestive part of Liguria, you can stay in Portovenere (very touristic and characteristic) or in some cheaper accommodations in the port city of La Spezia (see map below).

Portovenere is an obligatory stop: beautiful and suggestive with its roman church overlooking the sea where you can enter to cool off a bit especially in the summer.
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Portovenere is also crossed by narrow streets, restaurants and small shops where you can buy typical products.

Best countries in Liguria
Panorama Porto Venere credited by Tripadvisor. 

The parking spaces are quite expensive so if you want to stay here, I recommend you choose a structure with parking included and visit the neighboring villages and the Cinque Terre by ferry or public transports.

Which hotels are the best ones to stay at in Portovenere?
Grand Hotel Portovenere, Hotel Belvedere, and Albergo Ristorante Paradiso are some of the popular hotels in Portovenere.
From Portovenere start the Path of Poets (about 45 km), you must follow the white and red sign of the Alta Via del Golfo. The path is suitable for all trekking lovers who want enjoy magnificent views.
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Sestri Levante

Another ideal place to stay in Liguria: Sestri Levante which has a hollow beach surrounded by colorful historic buildings that make it suggestive.

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Sestri Levante credited by Tripadvisor. 

From the railway station it is possible to take a train to visit Monterosso and the other villages included in the "Cinque Terre".
Trains are direct and frequent every 20 and 30 minutes.

Which hotels are the best ones to stay at in Sestri Levante?
Villa Agnese, Hotel Genova, and Relais San Rocco are some of the popular hotels in Sestri Levante.

Rapallo

If you are looking for a nice place, with a relaxing beach, a well-preserved historical center and quite affordable prices, you can choose Rapallo as a base for your trips in Liguria.
Outside the historic center the city is quite urbanized but the pedestrian area full of historic shops and the promenade worth a visit.

Which hotels in Rapallo have nice views?
Hotel Vesuvio, Hotel Primo Sole, and Excelsior Palace Hotel got great room view-related reviews from travelers in Rapallo.

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Rapallo credited by Tripadvisor.

Santa Margherita Ligure

A few kilometers from Rapallo there is Santa Margherita Ligure, an elegant seaside resort between Rapallo and Portofino.

The historical houses surround the stony beach and there are good level of restaurants and shops.
If you love walking, you can easily get to Portofino (about 30 minutes on foot): the coastal road offers breathtaking views.

Which hotels in Santa Margherita Ligure have nice views?

Hotel Laurin, Hotel Continental, and Grand Hotel Miramare got great room view-related reviews from travelers in Santa Margherita Ligure.

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Santa Margherita Ligure by Tripadvisor

Lerici

Another seaside resort stormed in summer but ideal to visit in other periods mostly during the spring.

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Questa foto di Lerici è offerta da TripAdvisor

I point out that in the summer months arriving by car in Lerici can be a problem since there is a ZTL (transit ban). If you go by car to Lerici, you can park in the large car park of the Venere Azzurra or La Vallata (both for a fee).

From Lerici there is a beautiful promenade that runs along the sea from which it is possible to admire the castle of San Terenzo in the distance. The fine sandy beach and the gently sloping sea make it an ideal place for tourists traveling with children.

Which hotels in Lerici have nice views?Piccolo Hotel Del Lido got great room view-related reviews from travelers in Lerici.
Which hotels in Lerici are good for families?Many families visiting Lerici loved staying at Hotel Il Giglio.

Cinque Terre

This short stretch of coast called "Cinque Terre" is made up of five famous villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. They can be visited by train or ferry  buying a single ticket valid all day long.

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Monterosso beach
These villages are different to each other but with a common charm: coloured buildings, nice small squares, typical shops, wondeful landscape and small characteristic beaches.

I visited them a torrid day in July and I must say that it was really full of tourists. I think it is better to visit these villages in May, June, September and October.
To see the famous "Cinque Terre" you can stay in Monterosso as a base that has a beautiful beach.

Which hotels in Monterosso al Mare have nice views?
Hotel Meublè Agavi, Stella Della Marina, and Albergo Suisse Bellevue got great room view-related reviews from travelers in Monterosso al Mare.

Lavagna

Seaside resort with beautiful beaches and its own railway station.
You can stay here if you are looking for an area with more affordable prices than other places listed in this article that are more "renowned" and therefore expensive.
What are some popular places to stay around Liguria?
Questa foto di Lungomare di Lavagna è offerta da TripAdvisor

It has a beautiful historic center and a shopping street (via Roma). From the avenue that runs along the sea (towards the Cavi di Lavagna hamlet) you can see the promontory of Portofino and Sestri Levante 

In Cavi di Lavagna there is the largest beach in Riviera di Levante. 
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Bogliasco

In the eastern part of Genoa there is a little knowed place: Bogliasco, a seaside resort surrounded by colorful Ligurian houses. It has small hollow beaches and several clubs and restaurants.
In front of the nautical club of Bogliasco there are 2 beaches, one of sand and one of pebbles, both with free showers.

Country House Agriturismo Le Pale

Best place to base for visiting Liguria

The Pontetto cliff (town between Bogliasco and Pieve Ligure) is full of tourists during the summer season.

How to reach the Pontetto cliff?

It is necessary to reach the Pontetto railway station, take a characteristic Ligurian "crêuza" (typical narrow path or mule track) that go down towards the sea.

Sori

A seaside resort located in the bay of Golfo Paradiso. If you want to enjoy the sea this is the right place: there is entertainment, sports and music for everyone, including the famous Jazz Festival.

In Sori there are some free beaches, equipped with showers and 3 bathing establishments. There is the municipal swimming pool and the Sailing Club.
Sori overlooks a pebble beach and is the second largest beach after Cavi di Lavagna.

For trekking lovers there are two panoramic routes: one path leads to the top of Mount Sant'Apollinare and another to Pieve Alta.
👉 Bed and Breakfast Villa sul Mare Great for Two Travelers. Beachfront

Recco

From Sori, the Aurelia state road continues to Recco, a town located west of the Portofino promontory. During the Second World War it was destroyed by bombing then it was rebuilted.

Recco has earned the title of "gastronomic capital of Liguria", with 3,000 seats at the table in restaurants, trattorias and "focaccerie" (similar to pizzerias but selling the typical focaccia). The credit goes to the famous "focaccia di Recco" with cheese, celebrated with a party on the fourth Sunday of May, with free focaccia for all participants!

There are two bathing establishments in the center of the waterfront.
Recco beach is made of pebbles and not of sand.

Do you want to ride the waves? On this beach, with the construction of an underwater artifact, they created special conditions that form waves suitable for surfing.

Hotel Da O Vittorio. Great for Two Travelers. 

Avegno

From Recco, a road climbs to Avegno (8 km away) is a discovery in the green hinterland.
If you prefer to escape from the coastal crowding of the summer months you can consider staying here.
The climate is mitigated by the sea and the breeze so it is suitable for promenade to the shadow of the olive trees.

Rooms and Breakfast Casa Balin: Less than 1.9 mi from Recco Train Station and the beach.

Uscio

From Avegno the road continues to Uscio. A hill town known for the Arnaldi colony: a large health and tourist complex with a magnificent view. An idea also for a romantic weekend.

Uscio is located on a tourist route that connects the animation of the coast with the quiet of the hill and offers easy access to peaceful holidays enjoying a good traditional cuisine. Ideal place for those who love to take long walks in nature among the green Tuscan hills remaining a few kilometers from the sea.

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Well, I hope have helped you in the choice. All the places listed are enchanting, so now you can only depart to discover this part of Italy full of wonderful villages.

If the article is useful to you, or you want to suggest this area to your friends and relatives, you can share the article with them. 
We will update you on the next travel guide. 😉

Updated March 2020
Moira Tips

01/09/2019

BEST AREA TO STAY IN DUBAI EXPO 2020

Let's see what is the best area to stay in Dubai for EXPO 2020.

Counting on the detailed information of a friend who lives in Dubai with her husband and children, I transcribed everything to facilitate your choice.
Dubai is quite large and divided into several neighborhoods.

Where is the location of Expo 2020 in Dubai?
  • If you want to quickly reach the Dubai expo, which will start on October 20, 2020, it is better to look for accommodation in the neighborhood called Dubai Investment Park.
Let's see them...

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN DUBAI FOR EXPO 2020?


Expo 2020 where in Dubai?


  • The expo area will rise on an area called: Dubai Investment Park. It is located in the southwest of Dubai. 

It is an industrial and residential area where there are large skyscrapers, towers, renowned recreational attractions such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland Dubai, Miracle Garden, Global Village and Dubai Parks.
 

Expo 2020 Dubai dates

  • Expo Dubai will take place from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. The exhibition area will be located near the Al Maktoum airport.
👉 Search for accommodation on the map below. Enter the dates of your stay to get a quote. I advise you to book in advance: prices will tend to increase. Be foresight.

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What's the closest airport to Expo Dubai?


There are 2 airports in Dubai but if you want to stay near the airport closest to the Expo, head to the Al Maktoum international airport located in the "Dubai world central" district in the area called Aviation City of Dubai. As you can see in the map above, it is about 20km from the Dubai 2020 expo.

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Expo Dubai in costruzione

How to get to Expo Dubai?

The Dubai expo, will be held in an exhibition area of 45,000 square meters (so put your comfortable shoes on) and will be easily accessible from any hotel thanks to the "Metro Expo" (line under construction) or by taking an "Expo Riders" bus dedicated to the event. Do not worry that wherever you are staying in Dubai, they are very organized here and everything will be done to make access to the expo very easy.

Where is the best place to stay in Dubai

  • Al Barsha - budget accommodation
  • Jumeirah Beach / Marina area - beach holidays
  • Burj Al Arab of Dubai and / or Jumeirah Beach Hotel or luxury hotel
  • Trade center Dubai for shopping


- quick summary -

  • The best place to stay to visit the expo in Dubai is the - Dubai Investment Park.
  • The area where I recommend staying in Dubai for beach holiday is Jumeirah beach in front of Dubai Marina which is one of the most beautiful areas in Dubai. 
  • The best location to stay in Dubai for cheap hotels is Al Barsha.
  • If you want to go shopping in Dubai, stay in the Downtown Dubai area. Here is also the largest shopping center in the world: the Dubai Mall.

Where to stay in Dubai on a budget


Dubai cheap accommodation

If you want to stay in Dubai on a budget, you have to head to the neighborhood called Al Barsha. Book an Accommodation in this District if you want to stay close to Mall of the Emirates and the Sharaf DG subway, convenient for seeing all of Dubai by public transport.

👉 The cheapest hotels in Dubai are located in this area which is also convenient for business travel.
👉 My tip: Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road.


Dubai's best area for shopping


The best area of Dubai for shopping is located in the district called "Trade center Dubai": here is also the largest shopping center in the world, the Dubai Mall. One of the best locations to stay in the heart of Dubai: along the Sheikh Zayed Road, here is the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center - DICEC. The Trade Center - Downtown Dubai area, is a great choice if you are interested in designer stores, entertainment and restaurants

👉 Trade center Accommodation tip

The best time to visit Dubai 


Dubai is not an economic destination. It is divided into several neighborhoods and temperatures often rise above 40 degrees.

  • The best time to visit Dubai is in winter season from November to March. It is in Asia, in the Arabian peninsula overlooks the persian Gulf.

Best time to visit Dubai
Which is the best location to stay in Dubai?
Well, I hope I helped you choose the best area to stay in Dubai for Expo. I am sure you will be fascinated by this city of many facets and opportunities.

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Last updated December 2019
by Moira Tips

27/06/2019

Which is the best area to stay in Ibiza?

Holiday to Ibiza 2019. If you are looking for the best area to stay in Ibiza, you can choose between these countries:

  • Playa d'En Bossa
  • Ibiza città (Eivissa)
  • Sant Antoni de Portmany
  • Cala Tarida
  • Santa Eularia des Riu
  • Es Canar
  • Cala Sant Vincent
  • Cala Portinax

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👉 Cheapest accommodation in San Antonio

Updated Giugno 2019
Moira Tips

28/03/2019

BEST PLACE TO STAY IN FORMENTERA

Best places to stay in Formentera:

  • Es Pujols
  • Platja Migjorn
  • La Mola
  • La Savina
  • San Ferrán de ses Roques
  • Es Caló de Sant Agustí
  • Cala Saona

Best area to stay in Formentera
best place to stay in Formentera

WHERE TO STAY IN FORMENTERA


The area in which I recommend staying in Formentera is Es Pujols which is the liveliest area, with beautiful beaches, bars and restaurants by the sea. And it is the area favored by the Vips (sockplayers, soubrette ...).

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☑️ Formentera does NOT have an airport that can be reached by ferry. The easiest way is to fly with Ryanair to Ibiza.
☑️ From the port of Ibiza you can reach Formentera by hydrofoil or ferry.
☑️ Book a hotel or apartment on Booking. If you do not see the map with the prices of the various structures, refresh the page and / or enter the relevant date. 👇 Prices are per accommodation and not per person.



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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN FORMENTERA


  • Es Pujols


Formentera is a wild island completely different from the neighboring Ibiza. If you want to stay "out of the world" for a few days laying down in one of the beautiful beaches that surround the island, Formentera is the place for you.

BUT if you want to stay in a touristic place in Formentera in which there are shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs... look for an accommodation in Es Pujols.

In this village the evenings are lively, it is the most frequented place on the island, there are many tourists.
I recommend Es Pujols to those who do NOT want to be too secluded.
Favorite area for VIPs (footballers and celebrities): you can find them in June, hardly in August, when there is the peak of the flow of tourists.

The Balearic Islands are not an economic destination in the summer months especially in Es Pujols you risk not to find anything, if you don't book early.

Es Pujols is close to the 2 most popular beaches of the island that extend into this isthmus (they are really suggestive):

  • Platja de Llevant, 
  • Playa de Illetas

Platja de Llevant, Playa de illetas
Best beaches in Formentera

If you want to stay near this area/beach, I suggest:

👉 Hotel Rosamar Playa de Llevant




  • Platja Migjorn (Playa Mitjorn)


I stayed in this part of the island on my first trip to Formentera, so many years ago in June.

This photo of Migjorn is offered by TripAdvisor

This part of the island is more windy and has consequently the rough sea than the other shore. There wasn't much to do in June. The area is quieter than Es Pujols.
From this beach you can see a beautiful sunset: one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Photos do not make the idea.

This photo of Playa de Migjorn is courtesy of TripAdvisor

In Migjorn there is a wide beach, as you can see in the picture. Since the area is "fresher" it is recommended to stay here in the hottest periods: late July - mid-August.

👉 This guest house is just 300 m from the Migjorn beach.


  • La Savina

Small village where ferries dock. In this place there is the tourist office so I advise you to go there to get the map of the island and some brochures.

This photo of La Savina is offered by TripAdvisor


Ideal place for those who want to stay in a quieter and economic area compared to Es Pujols but easily reach, by bus, car or scooter.

If you want to stay near La Savina it is best to look for accommodation that faces the Estany des Peix lagoon.
The suggested residence has a beautiful location overlooking the lagoon from which you can watch the sunset.

👉 Lago Dorado Residence


  • San Ferrán de ses Roques


This village does not overlook the sea but is a place in the hinterland of Formentera and I recommend it to those who want to take a touring vacation. Considering that the island is narrow, when I say "inland", It means that Playa de ses Illetes and La Savina are about 5 kilometers away.

This area is a good starting point to visit the whole island and the prices are lower than accommodation in the tourist areas. For some it may be a good compromise.
Evenings can be spent in the downtown: there are several restaurants with a nice atmosphere.

Apartment a San Ferrán de ses Roques

  • Es Caló de Sant Agustí


Here we are on the northern side of the island. The area is wilder, the accommodation are holiday apartments rather then hotel. The beach is "wild" as you can see in the picture.

The sea of ​​Formentera is something spectacular: a succession of isthmuses and coves where it is really impossible not to dip.

Apartment a Es Caló de Sant Agustí

This photo of Playa Ses Platgetes is offered by TripAdvisor


  • Cala Saona

Cala Saona is a beautiful conca beach. An isolated cove which is accessed from a road shaded by the surrounding vegetation.

Cala Saona
Cala Saona, Formentera

If your ideal holiday is a secluded place in the midst of nature where you can see romantic sunsets, I suggest you this hotel located a few meters from this beautiful beach of Formentera.

👉 Hotel Cala Saona



What to do in Formentera?


- Sunbathe on the beach,
- Diving,
- Visiting the wild island to discover coves, villages...
- Espalmador boat ride: private island near Formentera (crystal clear water).

This photo of Es Espalmador is offered by TripAdvisor

- Pilar del Mola: lighthouse with panoramic view
- Cap de Barbaria (lighthouse)

what to see formentera

- Calo Des Mort: Tropical sandy beach. Beach bordered by rocky cliffs, with clear water, fine sand and panoramic view.
- Camí de Sa pujada: trekking! Following this ancient Roman road, you will see a breathtaking panorama.

Calo des Mort

Getting around the island


The ferry that departs from Ibiza will head to La Savina. As all the tourists disembark here, you will find numerous rental agencies for scooters, bicycles... And also the bus that takes you to the main tourist resorts.

Curiosity:

Formentera owes its name to the Romans who named it Fromentaria which means the island of wheat.
The island is flat, without mountains with salt marshes, vegetation and inlets.


Well, that's all! If the article is useful to you, or you want to suggest to your friends a destination for summer holidays, you can share this article clicking the symbol of social you see below.

We will update, to the next travel guide. 😉

updated march 2019
Moira R.
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