next hike (Saturday)

Saturday, 4th August 2018


With the secret fried fish festival on Saturday and the Stella Maris on Sunday, we might throw in two hikes over the weekend, so as to end season #8 of the Ligurian hikes in a sizzling way. Since the sun will be high and the temperature quite warm, I would stick to hikes that are short yet fulfilling: who’s up for returning to the emerald waters of the secluded craggy coast of Valletta (Moneglia)?

Reaching the emerald waters of Valletta is not straightforward, as it involves a T/E (easy/medium) hike, with 300 metres of elevation gain, followed by an ending trail, that could possibly be E/EE (medium/hard), since you need a slight amount of climbing to get into the water. It takes around 2,5 hours for the complete loop from the town of Moneglia and back.

Should the temperature be unpleasantly high, we can take an easier 2 hour loop (via La Secca beach), that’s more in the shade.

You may read more about the trail on: (trail #4)

Please remember to bring plenty of water, as there are no fountain taps!
You can expect to be back in Moneglia around 3pm. This means there will be plenty of time for icecream, beer or a second swim in the shallow waters of Moneglia beach,

As for the secret fried fish festival, assuming it’s taking place (it’s so secret that they usually publish it one day before!), it will start at 7pm in Santa Margherita Ligure. If it’s confirmed, those who travel back to Genova or Milano might well consider stopping there to grab a dish of fried fish, before catching the train back home.


How to get to Moneglia, and how to come back alive:

On Saturday, 4th August, let’s meet at 11:05 at the entrance of Moneglia railway station

Suggested trains are:

If you are travelling eastwards:

REG 25697 09:22 Genova Piazza Principe (09:30 Genova Brignole) 10:36 Sestri Levante (could be crowded)
REG 24733 08:56 Genova Brignole – 10:18 Sestri Levante (should be empty)
REG 24737 10:46 Sestri Levante – Moneglia 10:56

If you are travelling westwards:

REG 24452 – 10:15 La Spezia 11:05 Moneglia

If you are travelling southwards:

REG 25697 07:20 Milano Centrale (07:27 Lambrate 07:33 Rogoredo) 10:36 Sestri Levante
REG 24737 10:46 Sestri Levante – Moneglia 10:56


(*) For those who are catching IC or Freccia trains:

If you have a travel buddy, you should buy the “2×1” special ticket before midnight (11:59pm) of Thursday. It’s a buy 1 and get 1 free offer, so you’ll basically pay half price.

(*) For those who happen to be over 60 or under 30:

You can have half price even without a travel buddy. Remember that you need to have a Cartafreccia card in order to use the junior/senior special offer (in the unlikely case that you don’t have a Cartafreccia card yet, please use AMICO110423712 as referral code when signig up… and we’ll both get a 10 euro coupon:-) ). Also, ticket should be booked before 11:59 of Friday.


As usual, if you have doubts, questions, Hamlet-like dilemmas… feel free to text me! (for example, at +39 329 7203364)


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