La Spezia city is an important logistic and military port, , and this is the reason why you won't find beaches in town. The best beaches in La Spezia face the Gulf of Poets or the nearby Cinque Terre. All these beaches create a huge coastal district where you can find everything from well-equipped establishments to free beaches, which can often be very crowded.
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 is made of a variety of different types of seashores. You can find areas with stones or with gravel of different sizes. Another feature of local beaches is that you sometimes have to hike in order to reach them: in particular if you want to reach the most beautiful places and the less crowded beaches.
You should not expect a multitude of beach chairs waiting for you: comfort can be quite basic in these inlets. Local people usually prefer eating a sandwich while sitting on a rock, after a long walk under the sun, to the comfort you could find on a beach equipped with restaurants and bars.
You can still find well-equipped establishments for a more relaxed experience. They are perfect for families and people who prefer to lie down and relax.
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Favourite beaches by locals
It’s not only about the Cinque Terre, famous all around the world. The beaches in Tramonti and in Portovenere, on the beautiful Palmaria Island, the biggest in Liguria, and the maritime hamlets of the Gulf of Poets, the bays of the western coast up to Lerici, are considered by local people to form The Beaches of La Spezia, even if they are not located strictly-speaking in the city.
This is a consolation for many local people, as commercial activities deprived them from parts of the coast.
You can choose between reefs, inlets, or shores. Of course the most hidden places can only be reached by boat, but even 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 with hidden bays accessible only after a good workout or by boat.
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 land right here, on the suggestive beaches of Tramonti, Schiara, Le Rosse, or Le Nere. Simply magnificent.
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 wonderful mix of nature and human heritage.
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. In 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.