Lying between the mountain ranges of the Apennines and the Alps and the Ligurian Sea is the Italian Riviera, with its main town of Genoa. Genoa airport provides good links to the rest of Europe and further afield. Italian Riviera accommodation can be found either in Genoa or along the coast of the Italian Riviera in pictuqresque towns such as Rapallo, Chiavari, Portovenere, and Ventimiglia. The beautiful scenery, mild climate and charming fishing ports of this region led to it being immortalised by writers such as Byron, Shelley and Hemingway. Away from Genoa, other popular places to stay are upmarket Portofino and pretty Cinque Terre. Holiday apartments on the Italian Riviera can be found to suit all budgets.
The beaches of the coastline are remote and empty, with olive and vine covered mountain slopes rising from them. Driving through the mountains will reveal villages with their own distinctive cultures and cuisines. Genoa, itself, has a sprawling old port alongside an energetic new dockside area and plenty of ancient history, a great place to take holiday apartments on the Italian Riviera. Towards the French border is the town of San Remo. Its hills are covered in wild flowers and glasshouses and the area exports flowers across the world. San Remo's narrow medieval streets are lined with 19th century villas.
Visitors staying in Italian Riviera accommodation at Portofino can enjoy walks on Monte de Portofino, where they will have unforgettable views across headlands jutting out from the sweeping shores which curve around the blue waters of the bay. Dolphins can often be spotted in the bay. Other places worth a visit are the little town of Ventimiglia, with its pebble beaches and leather markets, and the stunning Hanbury Botanical Gardens.