Not far from San Remo (the finish of the classic Milan–San Remo cycle race) lies Ospedaletti; snug like a bug in a rug on the Italian Riviera. All of 7.3 km (via Padre Semeria and SS 1), to be exact.
Named after a 14th-century hospital that was established by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, this is a gem on the Italian Riviera.
If you want a laid-back holiday, then this is it. The focus here is on nature-related activities such as jogging, walking, hiking, swimming and simply just to chill on the beach.
Know before you go:
CEST = Central European Summer Time. Daylight Saving Time is observed in summer, changing the time zone to UTC+1.
Your nearest car rental pick-up is in San Remo, about 7 km from Ospedaletti.
Mid-June to end-August is the peak season with many tourists flogging to this beautiful beach town. If you want to avoid the summer crowds, then rather go from the middle of May to mid-June – just before the schools close for the big school holidays. Or go early Spring, which is September.
As with most Italian beach towns, you’ll have to pay up to spend time on the beach.
…its fine, sandy beaches.
There are plenty of beautiful beaches to pick from. Our choice below is stretched out over nearly 5 km, starting with Sirena Beach.
By Car: About 43 minutes
By Train/Bus (link below): All train routes are combined with bus transport. The fastest option is from Nice Ville by train, which runs hourly, to Ventimiglia. Then you have a 730 m walk to the Ventimiglia bus terminal, from where you’ll be taken to Ospedaletti.
I choose this hotel because of its amazing view. Furthermore, it is budget-friendly and a super choice for a family holiday. And then to top it all, they have heated pools and a private beach area where the family can relax under umbrellas on comfy sun loungers. Also, when you get hungry there is a snack bar to help out. The staff was awesome and very helpful.