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Not far from San Remo (the finish of the classic Milan–San Remo cycle race) lies Ospedaletti; snug like a bug in a rug on the Italian Riviera. All of 7.3 km (via Padre Semeria and SS 1), to be exact.

Named after a 14th-century hospital that was established by the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, this is a gem on the Italian Riviera.

If you want a laid-back holiday, then this is it. The focus here is on nature-related activities such as jogging, walking, hiking, swimming and simply just to chill on the beach.

Ospedaletti Liguria Travel to Italy Holiday

Know before you go:

CEST = Central European Summer Time. Daylight Saving Time is observed in summer, changing the time zone to UTC+1.

Best time to go to Ospedaletti

Mid-June to end-August is the peak season with many tourists flogging to this beautiful beach town. If you want to avoid the summer crowds, then rather go from the middle of May to mid-June – just before the schools close for the big school holidays. Or go early Spring, which is September. 

As with most Italian beach towns, you’ll have to pay up to spend time on the beach.

Ospedaletti is known for...

…its fine, sandy beaches.

Things to do in Ospedaletti

Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals

  • Santuario Madonna delle Porrine, built towards the mid 16th century. Address: Str. delle Porrine.
  • Chiesa di Sant’Erasmo (Chiesetta dei Marinai) is a small 13th-century church named after the patron saint of sailors, Sant’Erasmo. The church preserves a collection of sailors’ votary objects.  Address: Via Roma 74.
  • Chiesa San Giovanni Battista (photo below) is an 18th-century parish church. Address: Piazza San Giovanni Battista.
Chiesa San Giovanni Battista Liguria Italy
Photographed by Arek Ryczek

Cycling

  • There is a 24 km track for cycling enthusiasts, and also the longest cycling track along the Mediterranean sea.  Practically on the beach, the cycle track is on the disused railway tracks going to San Lorenzo al Mare. Don’t worry about not having a bike since you can rent one along the track.

Bars & Clubs

  • Bar Cactus
  • L’Anciua Spiaggia e Bar
Sirena Beach Ospedaletti Italy Restaurant Bar
Sirena Beach

Sports Complexes • Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beaches to pick from. Our choice below is stretched out over nearly 5 km, starting with Sirena Beach.

  • Sirena Beach. Super public beach at
    the seaside, Via XX Settembre, 150.
  • Then, 600 m further lies La Scogliera Beach, – Bellissimo! You’ll find the beach at Promenade Soulac Sur Mer, 1.
  • One kilometer further is Calaparamari at  Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo, snc.
  • Marina Di Capo Nero and Capo Pino. Restaurant, Beach & Yacht club located on Levante 60, SS 1; only 1.4 km from Calaparamari.
  • If you continue another 1.7 km you’ll get to La Caletta Del Gabbiano. It’s a beautiful and super relaxing beach area but not easy to access the water. Still worth going there if you don’t intend to swim.

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings

  • Villa La Sultana (built 1983 / 1984) is a historic building that once was the first Italian casino. Now closed but you can see the building at 43 ° 48′05.6 ″ N 7 ° 43′19.6 ″ E (GPS Coordinates)

Jogging Paths & Tracks

Hiking Trails

Ospedaletti Hiking Trails Italy
Resource: Municipality of Ospedaletti

How to get from Nice to Ospedaletti

By Car: About 43 minutes

By Train/Bus (link below): All train routes are combined with bus transport. The fastest option is from Nice Ville by train, which runs hourly, to Ventimiglia. Then you have a 730 m walk to the Ventimiglia bus terminal, from where you’ll be taken to Ospedaletti.

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Hotels in Ospedaletti

Travel-and-Home hotel review

Hotel La Perla Del Capo ***

I choose this hotel because of its amazing view. Furthermore, it is budget-friendly and a super choice for a family holiday. And then to top it all, they have heated pools and a private beach area where the family can relax under umbrellas on comfy sun loungers. Also, when you get hungry there is a snack bar to help out. The staff was awesome and very helpful.