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Discover #Italianriviera starting from #relaischateaux La Meridiana in Garlenda: Tips and places to see from #Sanremo to #Portofino, ancient villages and romantic getaways. Get to know about flavours and tastes of our land: Pesto sauce, Extravirgin oil, Aromatic herbs are authentic experiences. Do you like FOCACCIA? That's the place to be: Italian Western Riviera.

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  • 1. Things to do around...ALBERGO IN GARLENDA DAL 1978 RELAIS & CHATEAUX

2. This small guide offers a few suggestions to inviteLEISURE ACTIVITIESyou to the part of Liguria around La Meridiana.Garlenda is a small, lovely village amid aGolfcountryside that is still rich in atmosphere and A short walk from La Meridiana,charm of the genuine Liguria. The region is criss- Garlenda Golf Club offers golfers an 18-hole course, spread over more thancrossed by age-old roads, like the monumental 6 km, par 72. From the championshipRoman road Julia Augusta or the alpine pathtees, the course provides skillful playerscalled the salt road that linked the coast to thewith a hard test and offers a pleasantplain: itineraries that offer the vacationer the challenge for those playing at a highercharm of history combined with the enchantment handicap from normal tees.of the Mediterrranean wilderness. Roaming amidGarlenda Golf Club is beautifully located in the typicalterraced olive groves facing the sea and vineyardsLigurian countryside. The pleasant course rolls amonglaboriously carved out of stony hills, it is stillancient olive trees and pine woods. From the highest holes thepossible to find ancient villages that have players can enjoy some moments of rest admiring themiraculously resisted the siege of concrete.wonderful view of the hills sloping down towards the sea.Stop for a while in this oasis of peacefulnesssimply to enjoy the sunshine, the red of theAt the Club House, the golfers will find a very warmatmosphere, a game room and a restaurant to enjoy lunchgeraniums, the light air scented with rosemary.without leaving the Club.Then go off again, searching for other treasureshidden in this land: its local products, now worldOur Reception will gladly arrange your sporting day byfamous. If you travel along the Road of Wine and booking tee-off times, private lessons and practice sessions atOil from the Sea to the Mountains you can shop the Club and renting trolleys and golf carts. Upon returningstraight from nature and take home our best to the Hotel after a long day on the course, you can refreshyourself with a plunge in the swimming pool, a sauna or asouvenirs: extravirgin olive oil, tasty black olives,relaxing massage.delicious pesto, fresh and fruity wines.This land, rustic and gentle, is the most secretGolf Club GarlendaLiguria, the real one. Come and discover it. We Tel. 0182-580012 - Fax 0182-580561will be waiting for you here, far from the E-mail: [email protected] crowd, in the shade of La Meridiana. www.garlendagolf.it Edmondo and Alessandra Segre 3. The Swimming PoolTennis ClubsThroughout the summmer the swimming pool of La Garlenda Tennis Club has two out-door and one in-doorMeridiana is at the disposal of our guests, who also have tennis courts. Advance bookings are recommended and canavailable a warm spa. Our life-guard will gladly give yoube requested at our Reception. Only 2 kms from Labathtowels and arrange your sun-bathing beds. If at noon Meridiana, the tennis courts can be reached by bicycle.you do not feel like moving for lunch, our barman Franco Tennis Club Garlendawill serve you drinks with some tasty little things or a light Tel.0182-585028 - Closed on Mondayslunch chosen from the fresh summer dishes prepared by ourRestaurant Il rosmarino. The Hanbury Tennis Club in Alassio, only 6 km from La Meridiana, has 8 clay courts in a magnificent English ten-Bicycles nis lodge. Booking required.Guests can freely use our bicycles and mountain-bikes. You Hanbury Tennis Club Alassiocan choose one of the many itineraries starting right from the Tel. 0182-640174Hotel door and youll discover how pleasant it can be to ride E-mail: [email protected] the mediterranean woods, scented with broom in spring www.hanburytennisclub.itand spotted with pink oleanders in summer. There are nocycling lanes, but the road to Albenga and further on toAlassio is almost entirely level and panoramic. For your bikeThe Riviera Airportexcursion please visit: www.altaviadeimontiliguri.it.The Airport of Villanova dAlbenga, which is only 2 kmHorse-Back Ridingfrom La Meridiana, is perfectly equipped for various flyingLe Giare Country Club, activities: the Aero Club offersjust a short walk away from flying lessons and also welcomesLa Meridiana, offers riding fans of model aeronautics. You can flylessons in its training centre. over our region with a panoramic flight in a tourist plane orExperienced riders can enjoy helicopter. Every morning, a scheduled flight to Romerelaxing rides along the quiet lanes Fiumicino with the airline AirOne is available, with theof the valley of the Lerrone river, under the supervision of return flight in the evening. Ask at the reception for ourqualified trainers. special One day in Rome programmes.Le Giare Country Club - Garlenda For tourist flights and sportsTel./Fax 0182-580640 - Closed on Mondays Aero Club - International Airport of VillanovaMr. Italo Bianco, TrainerdAlbenga Tel. 0182-582919Horse RacesFax 0182-582695At the Villanova dAlbenga Hippodrome, there are horse For helicopter flightsshows from spring through to autumn. In the summer Contact Mr. Antonello Russomonths, there is late night racing, and the riding events areMob. 338-2339914often combined with fashion shows.Ippodromo dei Fiori - Strada per Ligo - Villanova dAlbengaTel.0182-582666www.ippodromodeifiori.it 4. Free-climbing - Hang-gliding -Sailing - Water sportsMountain Bike The port of Alassio offers all the conveniences ofThe region of Finale Ligure, with its rocky hills a tourist port and can also receive big yachts.is especially suited for free climbing. Really, The local Yacht club offers sailing coursesthis is an alpine sport, but here you can climb at all levels as well as water-ski rental.with a view of the seashore. On the Altopiano At Albenga, deep waters are perfectdelle Manie, a hilly pleateau close to Finale, it is also possible to for windsurfing or scuba-diving at thetry hang-gliding and mountain-bike tracks are especiallylocal Naval League.panoramic as they zig-zag up and down the hills facing the sea. Circolo NauticoFree-climbing: c/o Rockstore Finalborgo Al Mare - AlassioOpening hours: 9.00-12.30 / 16.30-19.30 Tel. 0182-642516 / 0182-644186 (quay)Closed on Mondays - Tel.019-690208 - www.rockstore.it E-mail: [email protected] www.cnamalassio.itThe Alta via dei monti liguri (High Way of the LiguriaLega Navale Italiana - Lungomare Doria - AlbengaMountains), a trekking route that winds for 400 km like a Tel. 0182-542544terrace onto the Gulf of Tirreno, is extraordinarily beauti-ful for lovers of never-ending views from the mountains tothe sea, and of nature trails on foot, on mountain bike oron horseback. www.altaviadeimontiliguri.it The Beaches of La Baia del SoleIf you are a sun worshipper, the beaches of La Baia delIn summer, a healthy and romantic way to cover the distanceSole (The Bay of the Sun) are the place for you. The bay between Alassio and Laigueglia is walking on the beachtakes its name from the very sunny climate enjoyed by thisbarefoot, with a few stops to collect seashells left by the highsection of Liguria, no less than 2100 hours of sun in a year. tide. In Albenga, due to the presence of a large river mouth,Besides, Liguria is the region where seawater is by all the beach is not sandy but with large pebbles. It is, however,standards the cleanest in Italy and counts the highest number possible to rent sun umbrellas at the local establishments.of Blue Banner Beaches, the award given each year to theFrom the Western end of the beach, there is a lovely viewtop Italian seaside resorts.If you like spending the day at the over the section of the Western Riviera extending from Capobeach, our suggestion is Alassio (6 km from La Noli on the East down to Alassio, Laigueglia and Capo MeleMeridiana), with its beach of golden sand and many lovelyon the West. Less than 2 miles from the shore is the Gallinarabathing establishments. A beautiful promenade runs alongIsland, an intact bird and flower sanctuary. In the Middlethe beach, shaded by tall palms and pines and a pleasant walk Ages, a powerful benedictine monastery was on the island,(approximately 3 km) can take you as far as named after Saint Martin of Tours, in remembrance of theLaigueglia. French saints hermitage in a cave on the island. Nowadays the island is a private estate. Many shipwrecks happened here in ancient timesand the sea-bottom around the Gallinara appeals to submarine archeologists for the abundance ofancient remains. 5. THINGS KIDS CAN DOBabysittingTrips and excursionsIf youre wanting to find a way to amuse your child and give The ideal destination for an excursion that will make bothyourself a few hours off at the same time, you can ask at re-grown-ups and little ones happy is, without doubt, the area ofception for our babysitting service with at least 24 hours no-Genoas Old Port, an hours drive away from La Meri-tice.diana, with its two big attractions that are very close to one another and can thus be visited in a single trip. The Aqua- rium, the biggest in Europe and one of the most beautiful in the world, satisfies both children and parents completely by its scientific interest and sheer impressiveness. Not far away, the Sea Museum Museo Galata has an extensive exhibition route, which tells the story of seamanship over the course of the centuries. Still close to the Aquarium, for smaller chil- dren, one can pay a visit to Citt dei Bambini (Childrens City), a playhouse of modern design with all types of games, from the very simplest right up to real-life scientific experi- ments that are educational as well as fun. Genoa, EuropeanLe Caravelle Water parkCapital of Culture in 2004, offers you the chance to visit itsOn the hills of Ceriale, do not miss to visit Le Caravelle,many museums, amongst which are the Palazzo Ducaleone of the most beautiful Waterparks in Northern Italy. The(Dukes Palace) an

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