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Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

by bettyo70 Online Now May 9, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Hi Everybody!

I am curious if Santa Margherita Ligure is one of those places where you can easily reach every place by walking. (It doesn't SEEM that big.)

We're planning atleast one daytrip to Santa Margherita from Camogli.

We were wondering if driving into SM will be a problem... Is it hard to find parking? And once we're in SM, will we want to get everywhere by foot?

Thanks for your help!

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by nicolaitan Online Now May 9, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    the entire length of the main street is no longer than 1 - 1.25 km for your area of interest. driving into town from camogli is pretty but curvy, parking is predominantly on street and like everywhere else - sooner or later you find a spot.

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by bettyo70 Online Now May 9, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Hi nicolaitan!

    Thanks. Yeah, it's hard to find a nice B&B by the sea in Santa Margherita... seems like mostly pricey hotels, unfortunately. The less-expensive hotels in SM don't have the seaview. So it looks like we'll settle in Camogli. If anyone has any don't-miss suggestions for Santa Margherita and the surrounding areas, definitely give me a shout. We'll be in Liguria mid-to-late September. Not so interested in Portofino.

    If time allows, maybe drive from Liguria to either Piedmont area (near Alba) or maybe Montalcino area. Cheers!

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by NorCal08 Online Now May 9, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    It is great town to walk about, although as mentioned previously, rather small. I also suggest walking the neighborhoods. From SML you can walk to Portofino along the coastal road (1 hr min. each way) or hike the back trails (2-4 hours depending on which trail), of which there are many. Both routes are very scenic but I preferred the longer hikes into the rural areas. You can also head the other direction toward Rapallo on the coast road, although it gets pretty dicey when the sidewalk runs out.

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by bettyo70 Online Now May 9, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    Thanks, NorCal!! I kept going back and forth about whether we should make Santa Margherita our base instead of Camogli... but for some reason SM seems way more "resort-y" (based on the type of hotels that are there, including a Best Western). So probably a daytrip would be just fine.

    I heard that the big cruise ships have "discovered" Santa Margherita, so that definitely alters the character of a place, unfortunately.

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by cgf Online Now May 10, 2009 at 4:38 AM

    in SM is better you've have no car if you were not resident, it will cost a bomb! from SM to Portofino there is also a public bus, use it also if you find where to park the car in SM as in Portofino it would be very hard and exensive.

    from Camogli to SM you could take a train, 5 minute trip and cost is 1.40 euro. Station at SM is a little bit higher then sea level but nothing hard.
    Camogli is surely much cheaper then SM.

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by bettyo70 Online Now May 10, 2009 at 8:17 AM

    Grazie, cgf! Since Camogli has no nightlife... what should we do if we want to go to a club on Paraggi Bay (near Santa Margherita)? Would it be okay to drive there and park the car?

    Because I have no idea how late the train would be running on a Friday/Saturday night.

    Thanks again,
    Betty

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by cgf Online Now May 10, 2009 at 9:12 AM

    Prego Betty
    for trains have a look at here
    ferroviedellostato.it/homepa...

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by rsm71 Online Now May 18, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Hi.

    You don't need a car in SML, and in case you have one it won't be easy to park it in june-july-august time, or on sunny weekends. Train is the way to get there, or by ferry.
    Speaking of a day-trip, yes you can drive from Camogli... hope you are a good driver ;) but avoid weekends if possible. But you will park the car somewhere, pay 2 Euro per hour (they have scratch-off cards) and leave the car there the whole day.
    Don't drive to Portofino. Just take a bus, it's just 10 minutes.

    Hope this helps,
    Ric

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town? - nightlife

    by rsm71 Online Now May 18, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Betty,
    Paraggi is a small, fantastic bay but there is no parking for cars (that's why you will see so many 2wheels around the riviera). I heard that the "covo di nord est" disco is going to re-open after 4 years the coming summer, it is midway between SML and Portofino and has parking next to it, right on the sea, and definitely expensive ;)

    Ric

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by bettyo70 Online Now May 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Ric,

    Sounds like "Il Covo..." will be right near the famous "Le Carilion", right?

    People say that in September, these places are only good on Friday nights.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Is Santa Margherita a WALKABLE town?

    by rsm71 Online Now May 18, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    actually, you can walk from "il covo" to "le carillon" :)
    and yes, when august is over and the "winter season" still faraway, discos are only crowded at weekends, especially on friday night.

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