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La Spezia city is an important logistic and military port, , and this is the reason why you can't find beaches in town. The best beaches in La Spezia are faced on the Gulf of Poets or in the nearby Cinque Terre. All these beaches create a huge comprensory where you can find everything from well-equipped establishments to free beaches, which are often very crowded.

La Caletta, spiaggia nascosta vicino a Lerici ph. T. Riva

Guide to La Spezia's beaches

La Spezia is located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian sea, in the region named Liguria, which is in the north-west of Italy.

La Spezia’s coast isn’t mainly sandy, it’s made of a variety of different types of seashores. You can find areas with stones or with gravel of different size. Another feature of local beaches is the hard path you have to do to reach them: in particular if you want to reach the most beautiful places and less crowded. 

Once you arrived, you should not imagine a multitude of beach chairs waiting for you, comfort is difficult to find in these inlets, and local people usually prefer eating a sandwich sitten on a rock, after a long walk under the sun, not caring about the comfort you can find on a beach equipped with restaurants and bars. 

You can still find well-equipped establishments for a more relaxed experience, in particular, they are made for families and people who enjoy laying down and relaxing.


  • LE SPIAGGE DELLA SPEZIA Il litorale della Spezia, delle Cinque Terre e del Golfo dei Poeti. Come arrivare, caratteristiche, esposizione e servizi.

Discover the most beautiful beaches in La Spezia, from Deiva Marina to Sarzana, on the long way of the Ligurian Riviera where you can find the fantastic maritime hamlets typical of this area, natural panoramas of extreme beauty,practicing water sports,and enjoying the sun and the blue sea.  

One hundred pages of guide about Cinque Terre’s beaches and about the Gulf of Poets nearby La Spezia, with description, instruction on how reaching the shores, and GPS coordinates for people traveling by boat!

La spiaggia di Monterosso nelle Cinque Terre

Favourite beaches of local people

Not only Cinque Terre, famous all around the world but also beaches in Tramonti and in Portovenere, on the beautiful Palmaria Island, the biggest in Liguria, and then the maritime hamlets of the Gulf of Poets, the Bayes of the western coast up to Lerici, are considered by local people The Beaches of La Spezia, even if they are not located in the city.
A consolation from the fact that the commercial activity stole them part of the coast.

You can choose between reefs, inlets, or shores. Of course by boat you can reach the most hidden places , but also the most accessible beaches are very fascinating.

Beaches of the Cinque Terre

Now very famous, they keep captivating with their beauty and uniqueness: the Cinque Terre are the most visited and most photographed part of the Ligurian Riviera, which gathers in a few kilometers all the typical landscape of this coast, where well-equipped and popular beaches alternate to hidden bays accessible only with a good workout or a boat. 

The new beach in the Cinque Terre, located in Vernazza and generated by the flood of 2011

Beaches in La Spezia

With a slightly urban-centric interpretation we can consider the beautiful coves suspended between Cinque Terre and Portovenere the beaches of La Spezia: in fact, if we dug a tunnel below the hills behind the city, we would be right here , in the suggestive beaches of Tramonti, Schiara, Le Rosse, Le Nere. Simply magnificent.

La spiaggia delle Nere è una delle più belle spiagge di Spezia

Beaches in Portovenere

Portovenere is the suggestive western end of the Gulf of Poets, characterized by the presence of the Sanctuary of San Pietro, an ancient building of Roman origin located on the tip of the coast, and by the small archipelago in front, formed by the Islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. From the beaches of Portovenere and Palmaria Island you can admire the most beautiful views, made of a happy mix of nature and human intervention.

The admiral beach on the Palmaria can be reached with a nice walk on the island

Beaches of Lerici, Ameglia e Montemarcello

The easternmost coastline of the Golfo dei Poeti is characterized by the increasingly frequent presence of sand, which proceeds southwards and becomes characteristic of the coast of Sarzana and Upper Tuscany. Among Pozzuolo, Fiascherino, Tellaro, Lerici, you can admire some of the most beautiful bays of the coast, and some of the most beautiful seaside villages in Italy.

From the beaches in Tellaro, a beautiful overview on the Gulf of Poets

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