Hike the Ligurian Alps: Uncover Alpi Ligure’s Hidden Charms
Step into the enchanting world of the Ligurian Alps with our captivating hiking holiday that commences and concludes in the medieval village of Ceriana. This village, nestled atop a cliff at the end of the Armea Valley, is the heart of an extensive trail network connecting the French Alpi Maritimes to the west and meandering for hundreds of miles along the crescent-shaped bay of Genova to the south.
- Medieval Marvel: Ceriana, poised on the precipice of the Armea Valley and just a stone’s throw from the Riviera, is an authentic Ligurian mountain village brimming with history. Discover the rich tapestry of Ligurian mountain culture as you explore the narrow cobbled streets and charming old-world architecture.
- Alpine & Coastal Views: On this self-guided adventure, you’ll traverse a tapestry of trails, meandering from one village to the next. Behold awe-inspiring vistas of the northern Alps and the shimmering Mediterranean, just a few miles to the south-west. Capture the region’s remarkable contrasts as you immerse yourself in both mountain grandeur and coastal allure.
- Culinary Delights: Every evening, anticipate indulgent three-course meals and restful slumbers in comfortable accommodations. With manageable daily hiking distances, you’ll often find time for leisurely evening strolls through the captivating villages. Relish the opportunity to savor the flavors of the region’s heavenly cuisine.
Your Ligurian Alps Adventure Awaits:
Unveil the hidden gems of Alpi Ligure in this short yet invigorating weekend break amidst the Italian countryside. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, authentic culture, and delicious food that make this region a true unspoiled pearl. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the Ligurian Alps’ beauty and charm. Your Italian escapade begins here.
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Hike the Ligurian Alps
Discover the authentic back country of Italy’s “food chamber” and hike from mountain village to mountain village between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea.
Distance: 42,8 km
Up: 2592 m
Down: 2641 m
Our local agent will meet you in Ceriana (350M) and guide you to your apartment. Having made yourself comfortable in your house and taken in the beautiful view, you’ ll have plenty of time to discover the ancient streets of Ceriana, before having dinner at the local trattoria. The three course meal will be a typical, local menu with plenty of pasta and polenta. Beware, when Dario, the host offers you his homemade Grappa!
When you have enjoyed your breakfast on the terracce or local cafe, you will begin your hike towards Bajardo (900m). First part of the hike is fairly steep, but the views of the Armea Valley and the sea are magnificent. After an hour and a half, you will reach the ridge of the first mountain and the toughest part of is done. From here you will walk along the ridge, accross a small mountain road and further up the mountain towards Bajardo, which has an amazing 360 degree view. Your room and a shower will be ready for you in a local B&B and later, a hot three course meal, including a range of local dishes.
The next morning you will begin your hike towards Badalucco with a lunch break on Monte Ceppo (1650m) on the way: This will be the most spectacular scenery on the way with the Mediterranean on one side and the Alps on the other. Bring a sandwich and a drink, an you will be able to enjoy your lunch in the most beautiful landscape imaginable. After lunch, you’ll continue, mostly downwards, to Badalucco, a larger village with several restaurants and bars.
The next day you will continue back to Ceriana, crossing the ridge, you walked along the first day. This trail runs through forrest mostly, but you will also find excellent view points on the way with views to the sea and the valleys on both sides. Depending on the season, you might spot wildlife such as rabbits, deer and wildboars. Back in Ceriana, your apartment will be ready for you and a lovely hot meal at Dario and Esmeraldas trattoria.
After breakfast at home or at the local cafe, it is time for departure. We can arrange your transfer.Arrivederci!