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Mountain bike FranceITALY: FINALE LIGURE MINI-BREAK V2 A singletrack paradise, nestled between the Alps and the Mediterranean

Sea, sun and singletrack! Liguria is already famous in the MTB world for the trails in and around Finale Ligure, but we couldn't resist putting together a point-to-point trip. It’s mission accomplished with this circuit that takes in some of the best riding the area has to offer, coupled with the magic of following the beautiful coastline and the Mediterranean Sea! A route that takes you through lush valleys and over high summits, through small picturesque villages and sheltered creeks and bays… In the course of a day we ride through a mix of coastal vegetation, deep deciduous woodland and pine forests before finishing on the coast surrounded by palm trees! Starting on the superb singletrack trails that wind their way along the coast, we climb up into the hills each day, where an ever-changing panorama offers beautiful views of the sea and the surrounding peaks of the Ligurian Alps. Singletrack balcony trails overlooking the sea are definitely the local speciality, second only to the famous “Pesto alla Genovese”. The area is also teaming with super flowy singletrack descents that lead us all the way back down to the sea and the local “gelateria”. Then it's time for a cold drink at a bar terrace and an opportunity to wander through the historical centres of the beautiful coastal towns.

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Highlights

  • A superb network of trails, with a worldwide reputation
  • Panoramic views of the sea and the mountains
  • The Italian Dolce Vita in the small medieval towns and villages

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  • If you would like to ride this tour as a group, please bear in mind that we cannot offer tours between the 25th and 30th of May 2016, as well as between September 29th and October 3rd, 2016. Two major MTB events make it very complicated for us to organise tours during these dates.

Day 1: Finale Ligure - Finale Ligure

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the organization team is on day 1 at 9am at our hotel in Finale Ligure (hotel address and details will be sent to you shortly before your trip). On request we can book the previous nights accommodation for you in Die.

Rendezvous on the first day in Finale Ligure, a charming coastal town full of medieval streets with beautiful views over the Mediterranean. We head off towards Pietra Ligure, then in to the surrounding hills. A small, winding mountain road leads us past traditional villages full of colourful houses, then on towards the ruins of the tower of Gorra, an ideal viewpoint to admire the natural barrier of the Ligurian Alps. A beautiful church (with panoramic views of the sea) marks the start of a roller coaster singletrack trail through dense oak forests. Our route then plunges down to the famous Finale Ligure. We take the time to explore the fortified medieval town of Finalborgo, classified as one of the most beautiful medieval sites in Italy. We then head off to discover what all the fuss is about as we ride our first Finale Ligure descent. After an initial climb on small roads and tracks, we drop into a superb, playful singletrack descent that takes us all the way back to the seashore. We settle into our hotel for two nights, ideally situated fifty metres from the sea. The hotel is full of character with a decor that will remind many of their childhood...

Distance covered: approx. 45 km / Altitude gain: approx. 1400 m

Day 2: Finale Ligure - Finale Ligure

An unforgettable day that takes in the best of the trails Finale Ligure has to offer! Superb singletrack, endless descents, panoramic views of the mountains and the sea, a variety of terrain and vegetation, impressive cliffs, beautiful villages and hamlets… Today has it all!

Distance covered: approx. 45km / Altitude gain: approx. 1500m

Day 3: Finale Ligure - Finale Ligure

A final day on the trails of Finale Ligure! Once again the climb into the mountains takes us through a vast diversity of vegetation from the palm trees and cacti of the coast to the beech forests of the mountains… We begin to understand why Finale Ligure has such a great reputation, as each new trail is as perfect as the last… We end the ride with another great descent that leads us right to the water's edge!

Distance covered: approx. 30km / Altitude gain: approx. 900m

Itinerary end: Separation at the end of the tour is at our hotel in Finale Ligure at around 5pm. On request we can book the following nights accommodation for you in Finale Ligure.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

Day 1: Pietra Ligure - Pietra Ligure

Itinerary start: Rendezvous with the organization team is on day 1 at 9am at Pietra Ligure railway station. On request we can book the previous nights accommodation for you in Pietra Ligure.

Rendezvous in the town of Pietra Ligure from where we tackle a short section of climbing on the road, before quickly leaving the asphalt and traversing on a forest track that offers great views of the Ligurian Alps. Our route alternates between forest and open sections, and the vegetation begins to change as we gain altitude. The track heads into a deep forest of Holm oaks, whose leaves let just enough sunlight through to play a fantastic game of light and shade on the forest floor. After a 30-minute hike-a-bike, we descend to the small village of Bardineto, before climbing again on a narrow forest track. Without realising it we flirt with the border of the Piedmont area, which was attached for a long period to the French duchy of Savoy. Our route stays in Liguria however, leading us to our high point at almost 1200 metres, where we leave the forest track for an unforgettable singletrack descent! A superb trail, parts of which have been worked on by local riders, offers a bit of everything: banked turns, flowing switchbacks, chicanes… The trail spits us out some 800 vertical metres further down! A small singletrack trail along the River Maremola takes us right to the sea, and our overnight stop in Pietra Ligure.

Distance covered: approx. 45 km / Altitude gain: approx. 1400 m

Day 2: Pietra Ligure - Finale Ligure

This morning we head back into the hills for another great dose of trails and panoramic views… A small, winding mountain road leads us past traditional villages full of colourful houses, then on towards the ruins of the tower of Gorra, an ideal viewpoint to admire the natural barrier of the Ligurian Alps. A beautiful church (with panoramic views of the sea) marks the start of a roller coaster singletrack trail through dense oak forests. Our route then plunges down to the famous Finale Ligure. We take the time to explore the fortified medieval town of Finalborgo, classified as one of the most beautiful medieval sites in Italy. We then head off to discover what all the fuss is about as we ride our first Finale Ligure descent. After an initial climb on small roads and tracks, we drop into a superb, playful singletrack descent that takes us all the way back to the seashore. We settle into our hotel for two nights, ideally situated fifty metres from the sea. The hotel is full of character with a decor that will remind many of their childhood...

Distance covered: approx. 45km / Altitude gain: approx. 1400m

Day 3: Finale Ligure - Finale Ligure

An unforgettable day that takes in the best of the trails Finale Ligure has to offer! Superb singletrack, endless descents, panoramic views of the mountains and the sea, a variety of terrain and vegetation, impressive cliffs, beautiful villages and hamlets… Today has it all!

Distance covered: approx. 45 km / altitude gain: approx. 1500 m

Day 4: Finale Ligure - Finale Ligure – Transfer to Pietra Ligure

A final day on the trails of Finale Ligure! Once again the climb into the mountains takes us through a vast diversity of vegetation from the palm trees and cacti of the coast to the beech forests of the mountains… We begin to understand why Finale Ligure has such a great reputation, as each new trail is as perfect as the last… We end the ride with another great descent that leads us right to the water's edge!
A transfer by train takes us back to our starting point in Pietra Ligure (included in the price of the tour, see rendezvous/separation paragraph).

Distance covered: approx. 30km / Altitude gain: approx. 900m

The tour finishes in Finale Ligure. After the day's riding, we take a train from Finale Ligure back to Pietra Ligure. The train ticket is included in the price of the tour.

Note: Bicycles do not need to be in bike bags for the train journey.

Itinerary end: Separation at the end of the tour is at Pietra Ligure railway station at around 5pm. On request we can book the following nights accommodation for you in Pietra Ligure.

Distances and altitude gain are an indication only and may vary.

GPS tracks

If you choose to book a self-guided tour, we provide the GPS tracks of the route. GPX type files will be sent to you by email.

These tracks were created with GPS mapping software. In some parts, it may be that there are slight differences between the GPS track and field reality. These tracks are a "plus" that allows you to follow our route, but it does not replace the "paper" maps and common sense when out in the field...

We ask you not to publish these GPS tracks on the internet. Their development has required many hours of work, both in the field, and in the office. Thank you in advance for your understanding...

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