The Ligurian Coast, also known as the Italian Riviera is one of the most picturesque places of the Mediterranean. There are small villages with colorful houses scattered throughout the coastline, gracefully placed on small hills. In the ports there are many fishing boats, but also yachts belonging to Europeans and tourists of other nationalities who want to enjoy this unique landscape. So we suggest you this 7-day sailing itinerary for Liguria, so you can know the best of the area, including Genoa and the Cinque Terre.
The best time to sail the Ligurian coast, between Genoa and the Cinque Terre is between May and September, as usual in the Mediterranean. On the Italian Riviera there are more motor yachts than sailboats, and one of the reasons for this phenomenon is that there is very little wind especially in summer. Also, this area is often very busy in summer, so it is best to think ahead and book at ports in advance.
Wind and weather
The Ligurian coast is one of the quietest of the Mediterranean to sail during the summer, because there is nearly no wind and good weather. However, by late autumn there can be strong storms and during the coldest months of the year, the Italian Riviera is much more rainy than other parts of the Mediterranean. Winter temperatures are cool but mild, and in summer the higher temperatures are around 30 degrees Celsius. The sea temperature exceeds an average of 20º in summer.
Itinerary: Liguria – Genoa, Cinque Terre (7 days / 98NM +)
Day 1 Genoa – Camogli (10NM)
The first day of this sailing itinerary for Liguria we will set sail from Genoa, located roughly in the center of the Italian Riviera, and we will head east. We will know the part of the coast known as the Riviera di Levante. We sail to Camogli, a small fishing village, which also has plenty of colorful palaces along the coast.
Day 2. Camogli – Sestri Levante (14NM)
We sail south and head to Sestri Levante. On our way we will cross the Gulf of Tigullio, enjoying the views of the little towns to port. Once in Sestri Levante we can decide whether moor north or south of the isthmus thet is so characteristic of this Ligurian place. If we do it south, we’ll be in the Bay of Silence, which offers a beautiful scenery.
Day 3. Sestri Levante – Monterosso al Mare (16NM)
The third day we will continue towards south and enter the National Park of Cinque Terre. We will visit Monterosso al Mare, the northernmost village of the five that form this area. It is also the one with the largest beaches, so we can relax in a unique setting.
Day 4. Monterosso al Mare – Portovenere (10NM)
We will leave the Cinque Terre to return there later and we will arrive to Portovenere, the southernmost stop of our route. Portovenere is the point that brings together the Gulf of Genoa and the Gulf of La Spezia. You can admire its palaces, churches and castles from the sea.
Day 5. Portovenere – Cinque Terre (8NM +)
Back north, we will dedicate the day to sail the Cinque Terre. We can choose one of the five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, and enjoy the views. Or we can sail miles to the north and see a little bit of them all. It is advisable to end the day as far north as possible so that the burden of miles the next day will be less.
Day 6. Cinque Terre – Portofino (25NM)
This will be the day with more miles on our sailing itinerary for Liguria. We will leave the Cinque Terre and end the day at Portofino. This village belongs to the municipality of Camogli, that we had visited the second day. Portofino has a privileged location between mountains and vegetation, and it is a must on a yachting vacation in the Italian Riviera.
Day 7. Portofino – Genoa (15NM)
The seventh and last day of this sailing itinerary for Liguria we will return to Genoa and spend the afternoon in this city. The leisure offer is varied, from visits to museums and palaces to walks through the city parks or meals to savor the most typical Italian cuisine.