How to escape the crazy beach crowds in Diano Marina, Italy

Just got back from a super relaxing, unexpected break at the sea. The mediterranean may not be the Indian Ocean such as we have off the coast of South Africa, but it is the sea – and I love the sea.

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Village view: the next town along the coast.

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Looking down the beach…

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And up the beach. Rows of beach loungers and umbrellas as far as the eye can see. If you don’t hire an umbrella, you don’t get on the beach. It can cost anywhere from 16 to 20 euros a day for two loungers and an umbrella! You do the math! There are one or two very small “public” beaches in Diano Marina. They work on a first come, first served basis, so if you come to the beach a little late, there will be no space for you or your towel.

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This is the solution. Locals visit this rocky bay. Yes, its rocky and pebbly, but it has it’s advantages. First of all, no sand in your towel. It’s quiet and secluded. There is no “beach entertainment” so there is no music. Ah… what bliss!

Hire a bicycle and take a short ride along the old Via Aurelia. Soon you’ll reach the first beach bar – your breakfast stop.

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Order a cappucino or an espresso and a croissant and enjoy your breakfast beach view.

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After breakfast, turn your bike around and go back along the Via Aurelia. Stop at the first large break in the railings from the Diano Marina side. Park your bike. Don’t forget to lock it, just to be on the safe side. Then walk down the little path to the rocky beach. You have arrived.

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Thanks to Jessie at Behind the Willows for inspiring me with her cute post.

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