Santo Stefano al Mare (ENGLISH)

Santo Stefano Al Mare English

Santo Stefano al Mare is a timeless village whose narrow streets are full of colours and fragrancies revealing magic corners telling stories of life through the ages - from the fear of barbarian raids which, centuries ago, hit the shores of Liguria - to the lively, holiday atmosphere of today.

Small though it may be, Santo Stefano is projecting its future to welcoming holiday-makers, especially in the autumn, winter and spring. The modern Aregai Port (900 berths), one of the longest promenades in the area and the new cycle and pedestrian path are the main features of this development which, added to a wide selection of excellent restaurants, cafès and shops, make Santo Stefano an attractive proposal for an out of season holiday in a warm, sunny, Mediterranean climate.
Situated half-way between Imperia and Sanremo, 40 km from Menton on the French border and 50 km from Montecarlo, Santo Stefano if an unspoilt haven of peace offering a wide variety of itineraries for walks.
The new cycle/pedestrian path was recently completed between San Lorenzo and Santo Stefano (5 km) and between Arma di Taggia and Sanremo (10 km). The path follows the coast along the old railway track and work is going ahead between Santo Stefano and Arma di Taggia (nearly complete) and between Sanremo and Bordighera.

Santo Stefano is only 3 km from the picturesque hill villages of Cipressa, Terzorio and Pompeiana where there are numerous itineraries for walks in the hills and woods behind the coast.
Below, some examples of itineraries.
Hill village itinerary - "Via della Lavanda"

Starting from the main square of Cipressa, we proceed along a recently restored path to the Gallinara Tower (1550 ad) which offers a stunning view.
We continue north to a pine wood and from there south east to the centre of Lingueglietta, a small medieval hamlet recently restored. From there we arrive at Boscomare where the lavender fields maintained the entire population until a few decades ago.
Sea front itinerary - Santo Stefano/San Lorenzo Leaving the centre of Santo Stefano along the new cycle/pedestrian path, we go east to Aregai where a perfectly conserved saracen defence tower can be seen (1500 ac). Many typical Riviera plants can be observed as the path continues along the coast, offering a beautiful view, through Marmi where there is another saracen tower and lastly through a well lighted old railway tunnel to San Lorenzo.
Sea/Hill itinerary

We follow the coast from Santo Stefano to Riva Ligure from where we begin to climb up towards Pompeiana, another medieval hill town offering yet another stunning view of the coast. From here we join the "fire-cutting" road which takes us from Pompeiana to Terzorio, and then back down to Santo Stefano.
We also have an agreement with the local Nordic Walking association for courses and rent of equipment and use of their itineraries.

There are various alternatives for accomodation. We are developing a range of self-catering appartments and there are also 3 and 4 star hotels. For example, a two-room flat in January, February and March costs between 420/470 euro for 10 days, gas, electricity, bed and bath linen, cleaning included. Some restaurants and shops in the village are offering discounts to our visitors. There is the possibility of visiting places of interest either individually or in small groups and we are organizing social events with the local population.
Santo Stefano is ideal for holidays in the autumn, spring, and especially in the winter being one of the warmest and sunniest spots on the Riviera.

The nearest and most convenient airport is Nice and we can arrange for visitors to be met.

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