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Luxury Liguria Holidays

Candy-coloured towns along a rugged, sandy coastline

Liguria

Liguria holidays take you to Italy’s northern coastline and offer luscious green scenery and colourful Mediterranean architecture. It’s also known as the Italian Riviera and is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps, with the luxury and opulence of neighbouring Monaco seeping across the border to this spectacular region. Couples will love exploring the historic architecture of the town, while families will find lots of activities available on the beach. And when it comes to exploring there are UNESCO listed world heritage sights and more to be discovered.

When it comes to choosing towns you’ll be spoilt for choice in Liguria. Head to Portofino for seaside glamour and a picturesque port which attracts the rich and famous year after year. This former fishing village has some upmarket restaurants and boutiques which make it ideal for exploring, as well as historic sights which rub shoulders with the pastel coloured houses along the coast. Alternatively, Rapallo has a sun drenched harbour full of yachts and fishing boats, as well as a 16th Century castle for history lovers.

Luxury holidays in Liguria

Holidays in Liguria bring you peaceful landscapes, chic and colourful towns, and upmarket harbours. Spend your days on the beaches before heading to a cool bar for drinks and refreshments, or star spotting along the ports. When it comes to hotels there are some fantastic choices, while upmarket restaurants offer a mixture of fine dining establishments and family run tavernas with spectacular traditional Mediterranean flavours on offer. If you prefer to indulge in some retail therapy, there are boutiques and designer shops to be found throughout the region.

Book your luxury holiday in Liguria with Sovereign and we’ll help you make the most of your time away. We understand that a holiday isn’t just a two week break in the sun, it’s about connecting and making lifetime memories. We’ve put together our list of the best hotels in the area, allowing you to find your ideal choice. Stay at the Belmond Hotel Splendido for luscious surroundings and beautiful Mediterranean architecture perfect for a relaxing break. Alternatively, the Excelsior Palace offers views of Rapallo’s harbour from its infinity pool and beautiful terraces where you can soak up the sun.

Ellen Pickover

I’d recommend an afternoon in Portovenere – the gorgeous village just to the south of Riomaggiore. Although not one of the five Cinque Terre villages, it’s included within their World Heritage Site. It’s a great spot for lunch. This area is known for its pesto, so make sure you try a pesto-based dish – delicious.

Destinations in Liguria
Portofino

Portofino is synonymous with luxury, balancing elegant hotels, a designer shopping scene and colourful townhouses around a hill-hugged harbour on the Ligurian coastline.  

Rapallo

Rapallo is a coastal town with spades of old-world charm. It’s also a great base for exploring the Italian Riviera, thanks to the harbour and mountain cable car.

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Flight Information

Direct flights from the UK to Genoa (usually the best airport for Liguria) take approximately two hours.

When to go

Summer is a fantastic time to visit Liguria – temperatures can reach 30 degrees, and the coastline (particularly the colourful villages of the Cinque Terre) looks particularly lovely when the sun is shining. May, September and October are also great times to visit, with temperatures in the early 20s – ideal for walks along the coastal paths. From April to October, while the weather is pleasant, boats run up and down the coast stopping off various towns and villages along the way. 

Visa Information

British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy. 

Tipping

When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy. 

Our pick of the top hotels in Liguria
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Belmond Hotel Splendido

Italy, Liguria
  • A moment’s stroll to the beach
  • Hillside setting overlooking a fishing village
  • A quintessentially Italian experience

Excelsior Palace

Liguria
  • A seamless blend of opulence and comfort
  • Outdoor infinity pools where you can simply unwind 
  • Delightful views of Rapallo’s marina
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