Liguria information

GENERAL INFORMATION – TRAVELLING IN LIGURIA

Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. Its capital is Genoa. It is a popular region with tourists for its beautiful beaches, picturesque little towns, and good food. The narrow strip of land is bordered by the ligurian sea, the Alps and the Apennines mountains. Some mountains rise above 2,000 m (f.e. Monte Saccarello). The winding arched extension goes from Ventimiglia to La Spezia and is one of the smallest regions in Italy. Liguria is just 1.18% of all of Italy. Of this 65% are mountainous and 35% are hills. Liguria's Natural Reserves cover 12% of the entire region. The continental shelf is very narrow, and so steep it descends almost immediately to considerable marine depths along its 315-km coastline.
Mountains and steep cliffs that rise loftily out of the Ligurian Sea in the most northerly part of the Western Mediterranean. This is the fascinating landscape that will impress people on their journey through this historically rich and dynamic region. The capital Genoa, one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean and home to Christopher Columbus, was already a powerful maritime state in the Middle Ages. In other parts of Liguria, there are also numerous historical treasures. An intact and luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation exists in the mountain regions of Portofino and Cinque Terre.
But history is not the only thing that Liguria has to offer, Liguria, better Finale Ligure and its surroundings are home to some of the finest climbing places in Europe. More than 2000 routes give everybody the opportunity to do the first climbs or even to do some very hard sections that only the worlds best climbers can cope with.
Also cycling is an important part of the tourism in Liguria, due to its mild climate. Here you can see roadbikers that prepare for the next season cycling the narrow roads that lead up to the passes in the inland in winter.
Also Freeride and Crosscountry lovers find here some of the best descends and tracks in Europe.

CLIMATE

The ring of hills lying immediately beyond the coast together with the sea account for a mild climate year-round. It is really rare to see the beaches covered with snow and the temperature seldom is below 0° in winter. In summer, from June to September, temperatures are high and it is simply too hot to walk near the coast.
Some excursions can be done in the higher hinterlands, but it is advisable to hike from September until May.
Wildlife
During the hikes near the coast you can expect to see many retiles like the lacertilia and some snakes. There are some endemic species, like turtles, retiles and birds that you can rarely see. In the woods you can still encounter roe deer, wild pigs and badgers. Foxes and even wolves are still living in this part of Italy but they are rarely seen.

 

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