Holidays to Diano Marina are a perfect introduction to the Liguria
area of Italy,
which is also known as the Italian Riviera. This beautiful sweeping stretch of coastline, sheltered by the Maritime Alps, which curve between Tuscany and France’s Côte d’Azur, is a lovely place for couples who just want to get away from it all and spend some time together.
The area was dedicated to Diana, the Roman goddess of hunting, and a statue in her honour sits on the seafront at the western end of the city. Like many of the Riviera towns, Diano Marina, often dubbed “the city of the orange trees”, has a palm lined promenade with shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. The bustling town centre houses lovely pastel coloured Art Nouveau buildings and a range of hotels and cultural attractions which add to its old world charm.
Diano Marina’s beach is impressive, stretching out over three kilometres and offering a variety of water sports and boat trips. If you prefer dry land, there are hiking and mountain biking trails to explore.
Explore Diano Marina like no other
One of the best things about a holiday in Diano Marina is the wide and varied number of things to do. You could spend the day on the beach, which starts at the harbour, where some of the sea excursions depart, and runs along to the foot of the cliffs of Capo Berta. You can swim, surf, windsurf, try your hand at stand up paddling or just relax and enjoy the sunshine.
For mountain bikers of all abilities there are a number of exhilarating trails to follow. One of the most popular is the Bike Path, the Riviera dei Fiori. It’s one of the longest in Europe and was constructed along an old railway line, now fully restored and suitable for cyclists and pedestrians. It’s a truly glorious route with lots of interesting stopping points along the way. For something a little less demanding take the seafront route from Diano Marina to nearby Imperia. There are a number of local places to hire a bike. There are also plenty of enjoyable local walks, along with some more challenging trails for the more serious walkers.