The beginning of the new year always brings with it a list of good intentions to do: to be better, start the gym, follow a diet … But we want to give you one more opportunity, 10 good reasons plus one to come and visit Bonassola in 2019!
Here are 10 good reasons:
1. CLOSE TO THE CINQUE TERRE, BUT SURROUNDED BY PEACE AND RELAX
Bonassola is the ideal accommodation for exploring the Cinque Terre. Some examples? To reach Monterosso al Mare, the first village, it takes only 8 minutes, 2 stops on the train. To reach Vernazza, on the other hand, it takes 10 minutes and 3 train stops away. Not bad, huh? Therefore enjoy the convenience and proximity to the five famous villages, but without running in the confusion of too many tourists often flock to the area. Come back from visiting daily, you will always enjoy the relaxation and tranquility that only Bonassola can give.
2 . YOU DON’T NEED TO USE THE CAR
To visit Bonassola , it’s not necessary to use the car, so it’s practically useless! It can be reached easily by train, with the train station deployed in the center of the village and then you can move on foot or by bicycle, and in summer, even with public transport by bus to reach the small villages in the hills. To reach other towns in the area, to visit the beautiful Portovenere and the Gulf of Poets, the beautiful and unspoilt villages of the Cinque Terre National Park or Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure and the Gulf of Tigullio till the glorious Genoa, what it’s better if not a train ride? You’ll save time and money and most importantly you will avoid the stress of finding a parking space, which in Liguria is as rare as gold. And then you want to put the possibility of rediscovering scents in the air, iodine and salt, resin of pine, broom, rosemary and lemon? Away from the smog and pollution that is possible: you’re on vacation, right? Forget the car and then rediscover the joy of moving!
3. CYCLING ON THE ROUTE LEVANTO–BONASSOLA–FRAMURA
Since 2010, it has opened a pedestrian and cycle track, built on the ancient route of the railway by the sea in 1874 and then abandoned in the 70’s with the construction of the new railway upstream, which connects Bonassola to the villages of Framura and Levanto, in a pleasant location overlooking the sea, interspersed with romantic coves. Don’t miss it!
4. HAVE A GREAT BEACH, WITH SAND AND PEBBLES
In contrast to so many beaches its “colleagues” in the area, the beach of Bonassola is among the most extensive in Liguria, mainly sandy, mixed with small pebbles, ideal for children. The sea is safe, clean and secure. There are three bathing, as well as two free large open areas where you can comfortably lay your towel and plant the umbrella. The sun awaits you, you just have to relax!
5. ADMIRE THE HIDDEN “BLUE GROTTO“
It’s still a little known destination, far from the classic beaten tourist paths. Reachable only by boat or canoe, in the locality of Scà, among Bonassola and Framura. During periods of low tide, you can be lucky enough to get inside and discover the small beach that‘s hidden, with the rays of the sun, filtering and reflecting on the dome inside the cave, recreate the romantic blue effects. This is the true luxury!
6. PRACTICE NUDISM AT THE “RED ROCKS”
Do you want a quiet and lonely place, where you can sunbathe in the buff? The “Red Rocks” is the area for you! Head to the bike path towards Framura. Towards the middle of the tunnel, on the left, you will find a small exit which will take you on a wonderful area, full of red jasper and marble, once used as a quarry, now only refuge, out of time.
7. VISIT THE “LEAP OF THE HARE” AND 42 KM OF PATHS
On the path Bonassola–Framura you will find directions to reach this spectacular place. The legend said that a hare being chased by hunters, rather than be killed, he preferred to save his dignity, but sacrificing his life, by jumping off this cliff about 80 meters high. The view is priceless, but watch the vertigo! In the area you will also find the remains of bunkers, used as a point of anti-ship attack during the First World War. And when you have finished enjoy the scenery of the “Leap of the Hare”, you also expect all the other 42km of paths in the town of Bonassola for all tastes and for all abilities!
8. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE AGE OF PIRATES VISITING THE CASTLE OF BONASSOLA
After more than 500 years of neglect and a few years of restoration, reborn to a new life, the Castle of Bonassola has reopened its doors in July 2013. Built after the invasion of pirates in 1560, it has become over the centuries the fort to protect the entire village of Bonassola, which, in the case of assault, took refuge inside. Over the centuries the defensive importance declined and the castle was also used as a cemetery. In 1963, due to work on the construction of the new railway line, a large part of the prospectus to the sea was demolished. Today you can immerse yourself in the life of a rural and old Bonassola, who fought against pirates invasions, visiting its beautiful rooms and enjoying the wonderful view from the windows, from the slits and terraces facing the sea.
9. VISIT THE “MADONNINA DELLA PUNTA” AT SUNSET
Perhaps it’s the best known and most visited tourist site in Bonassola. This unique church overlooking the sea, built on the promontory to the right of the gulf, in addition to possessing a unique charm, it’s an excellent vantage point. From here you can embrace with eyes the whole horizon and, during a clear day, see the Cinque Terre National Park till the Versilia on the left, the Gulf of Tigullio, Portofino, the Ligurian Riviera, Monviso and the Maritime Alps on the right. In front of you, you can see the Capraia and the Gorgon islands and the protruding tip of Corsica. Considered by many the symbol of Bonassola, it‘s the ideal destination for walking, both day and night, when the charm of nature yields to the romanticism of the landscape. Don’t miss it!
10. TASTE THE FOCACCIA OF BONASSOLA
Smooth, white or Ligurian, if you prefer, here has a unique taste and texture details. Lower than the Genoa’s one, more greasy than La Spezia’s one, it’s excellent accompanied by a nice glass of white wine of the area. For the more daring, do as the locals: dip it in a cappuccino in the morning!
Finally, the additional reason to visit Bonassola is to spend a holiday at Cà du Ferrà Farm & Relax!
Spending a holiday at Cà du Ferrà Farm & Relax, in fact, means getting into contact with nature, enjoying 365 days a year of relax and discovering a truly sincere and genuine welcome.
And if the 10 good reasons to visit Bonassola don’t convince you , try it to believe it: we are waiting with open arms and heart in hand!