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Bergeggi & Spotorno

2 June 2014 4,062 views No Comment

A two hour drive south of Turin, Bergeggi & Spotorno are just outside of Savona on the Ligurian coast.

We had a residence up the steep Bergeggi hill with great views over the sea. Funny enough Nad and I stayed at the residence’s hotel last year and had an ace time but we hadn’t realised that we were heading for the exact same place. Residence Borgo San Sebastiano is brilliant value for ya Euro. We had two bedrooms plus living/ dining and two balconies. Plenty of space and more for all of us, plus there’s a pool, ping pong, tablefoot and an osteria next door.

photo 4The Bergeggi beach is small but Ligurian beautiful – sand with bluegrey pebbles, gorgeous clear aquamarine water, tiny little nice-sounding waves, and plenty of facilities. We sat on Playa da Luna where they have a good grade of Italian beach gear (I’m told there’s way better gear to be had): decent sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, toilets, taps (for feet), lifeguards, pedaloes for hire, a bar for snacks and a restaurant for proper food. Summer was on. The water was just fresh, not cold at all. It was spot on for paddling, sitting, splashing, swimming, floating. Totally delightful.

The next beach along – past a lovely drive around a headland – is Spotorno. It’s more built up here. With Bergeggi the town is all in the hill – lots of steep, twisty driving to navigate. Spotorno has little cobbled streets and a pretty promenade, so there’s more bustle and bits to do here. We mucked around on the beach – searching for coloured glass, playing ball, skimming stones and so on. And we found this awesome beach bar called Sirio that had a giant beer garden on the beach with lots of furniture made from driftwood or reclaimed, washed up stuff. There’s a swanky enough indoor restaurant with perfect views out to the sea; and then there’s outdoor dining tables on the pier. The menu isn’t extensive with a focus on Ligurian pastas (pesto comes from here) and fresh fish n seafood. Everything was majorly delicious.

While Sunday was summer lovin’, both Saturday and Monday were a bit cloudy. A bit cloudy with the vast silver lining of being quieter and less hectic. I’ve heard how busy it can get around these parts and it’s criminal to imagine worse traffic or more enforced beach rules, but this weekend it was properly perfect. Lucky us.

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