Visit Finale Ligure
The beach resort of Finale Ligure is among the most popular resorts on the western Ligurian coast, with the added advantage that the town itself is also lively and interesting. It is midway along the Riviera di Ponente, about halfway between Albenga and Savona.
Exploring Finale Ligure
The centre of day time activity in Finale Ligure is of course the beach and the promenade that follows much of its course in the Finale Marina district. The beach itself is long with a nice setting due to the cliffs at the end of the beach and the multiple rows of palm trees along the broad promenade behind the beach, and hills rising immediately behind the town.
Like many Italian beaches, the one in Finale Ligure is mostly covered by parasols and deckchairs for which you need to pay. The main free section of beach here is at the eastern end of the beach (Sovana direction).
The fairground and numerous open air restaurants here and along the promenade also contribute to a lively atmosphere which continues late into the evening, as do the shopping streets immediately behind the seafront leading to Via Roma.
If you take the time to explore away from the seafront you will discover that Finale Ligure also has a pleasant old town with a great deal of character and various interesting buildings, centred around two adjoining squares: the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Various noteworthy monuments such as a 'Triumphal Arch', a medieval gateway, an attractively frescoed archway are not individually very exciting but add to the overall character of Finale Ligure.
A 30 minute stroll inland takes you to Finalborgo, the oldest part of the town with its medieval defensive walls and town layout of narrow alleys and is very pleasant to explore, having retained much of its ancient character despite the influx of tourism to Finale Ligure: see Finalborgo guide.
Slightly less visited is the Finale Pia area on the other side of the river, a more recent part of the town centred around a small church with ancient origins (although rebuilt in the 18th century) which also has its own beach.
Note: Finale Ligure is also well known as a centre for outdoor activities, including an annual 24 hour Mountain Bike race and rock-climbing on the cliffs immediately behind the town.
One of the most highly regarded beaches on the Ligurian coast is at Varigotti and the Saracen Bay which is close to Finale Ligure (half way to Noli). With a setting surrounded by forested hills and award winning clear waters it is almost perfect!
Map of Finale Ligure and places to visit
Finale Ligure places to visit
See more places nearby in the Liguria guide