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Be active Liguria

New website highlights watersports activities

Surfing is just one of the water activities on offer

The Ligurian Tourist Board has launched a new section of its be active Liguria website In Blue. Lovers of the deep are spoilt for choice with activities for all, whether it’s exploring hidden coves, taking in the coastal landscape or taking part in the many opportunities for water adventure.

Surfing: The arc of the coast offers plenty of places to catch the waves. Levanto and Sanremo are rising stars of the surf scene, offering waves of paradise in both the east and the west. Sanremo is noted for its intimate Tre Ponti beach, while the Gulf of Levanto offers fantastic line ups, where surfers catch the breaking waves. The rise in popularity of surfing here has paved the way for other spots; Moneglia, Bogliasco, Recco, Lerici and Varazze – all frequented by experienced surfers. The ideal time for surfing is October to April, with a mild climate providing a pleasant temperature for surfing.

Diving and snorkelling: From east to west coast, Liguria offers an underwater paradise to those who venture below sea level. It’s here that the father of diving education, Duilio Marcante, made his first dives in the 1940’s and you’ll find underwater gems here, such as the Christ of the Abyss. There are diving centres throughout the Ligurian coastal arch, allowing divers to explore Liguria’s waters while ensuring maximum fun and safety with top of the range equipment for hire. Scuba diving in Liguria reveals interesting ocean floors with overhanging walls, caves and wrecks. What really adds value for visitors are the Riviera’s Marine Protected Areas; the sea beds in Portofino’s Marine Protected Area are home to gorgonians, red corals and sponges, while you can discover rare black coral on the beds of the Cinque Terre’s Marine Protected Area.

Canoeing, kayaking and paddling: Exploring the Riviera on a canoe or kayak is one of the best ways to absorb Liguria’s wild and unique nature. The entire coast offers beautiful shores, breathtaking views and multiple landing points. Many sports associations offer canoeists the opportunity to discover the secrets of the sea in an environmentally friendly way and guides are on hand with expertise in environmental issues. The beaches house many centres from which visitors can hire equipment. Canoes and kayaks allow paddlers to reach the remotest corners, including the archipelago of Palmaria. The mild climatic element makes paddling in Liguria optimal in every season.

Sailing: With 330km of coastline to play with and always a wind in your sail, Liguria is much loved by sailing enthusiasts. Each seaside resort has a sailing club, organising courses for beginner and intermediate sailors. It’s no coincidence that the Yacht Club of Italy was born in the city of Genoa, which also plays host to the International Boat Show. Those who sail their own vessels can take part in one of the weekly regattas. If it’s a sailing escape you’re looking for, Liguria holds the national record for berths, with more than 7,000 scattered between the east and west of the Riviera. Those wanting to relax on the Mediterranean can enjoy the luxury of a day trip or weekend with an experienced skipper to handle the work.

Visit the new section of the website to find charming ideas and itineraries for your perfect In Blue adventure:

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