You needn't spend the earth in Camogli to take in the perfect views and absorb the sea air. Just a few bays nearer to Genoa than Portofino, this is the place to go if you want to avoid the tourists and save your Euros.
The car-free "passeggiata" (the street that runs along the beach) is ideal for the kids to roam or stop at an ice-cream parlour or two, where the ice creams and the granite are made with all natural ingredients and taste heavenly.
If you are feeling energetic and the kids are up for a bit of a climb (stairs only) walk away from the beach on the same street, past the Cenobio dei Dogi and up the hill. Climb the very long staircase (30-40 minutes) through the orchards and get to San Rocco from which you'll admire one of the best views of the Western Ligurian coast. On a clear day you can see as far as France! Just 10 steps short of the top you'll find a little bakery where you can fill up with delicious focaccia or pizzas, cakes and espresso, ready for the slow descent to Punta Chiappa. There you'll be able to dive into the deepest and bluest of seas from the rocks for a refreshing swim.
A ferry every half hour will take you back to Camogli for just 5 Euros each! This could be a most inexpensive and salubrious day at the seaside for the entire family.
Nearest Station: CAMOGLI. Trains from Genoa take 30 min max.
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