Nice trip to sort out: I was trying to find a great hotel located at a Blue Flag beach. Blue Flag beaches are the lakes or seas that have the cleanest water. I wanted to find a hotel at a lake in the North of Italy however there are not a lot of sandy beaches at the lakes.
But first you start your holiday at the sea:
The first week you go to Liguria. Liguria is home to seaside resort towns in the style of Cannes and Monaco, dozens of sandy, rocky and pebbly beaches, in Genoa the country's largest commercial and naval port, some of its most desolate stretches of coast, and terraced hillsides that produce olive oil considered to be more delicate even than that grown in Tuscany.
Whether travelling by train or by car, the spectacular journey along the Ligurian coast takes you through tunnel after tunnel, bursting out from darkness into sunlight, the sea sparkling at your side.
Sightseeing: Bussana Vecchia: an old village near San Remo (Province of Imperia) destroyed in the 19th century by a stong earthquake and now inhabited by artists.
More tourist attractions for Gulf of Genoa you will find on: http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/genoa-i-li-g.htm
Also Liguria has various Blue Flag Beaches. I have chosen for the following 2 options (both hotels have Wifi in all areas of the hotel).
Grand Hotel Diana Majestic**** (Brussel – Diano Marina 1137 km)
Diana Majestic enjoys a panoramic location on the Ligurian seafront. It features a private equipped beach, and 2 outdoor swimming pools with hydromassage. It also offers free parking, and many sea-view rooms.
The elegant rooms have a classic design and carpeted or wooden floors. They offer free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning. Some also have a hydro-massage bath or a balcony.
Grand Hotel Diana Majestic has a restaurant serving a wide variety of dishes, from local to international. During summer, meals are served on the panoramic terrace overlooking the sea.
Surrounded by a lush garden of olive trees, the hotel is 1 km from the centre of Diano Marina. The A10 Motorway is 5 minutes’ away, while Sanremo is 35 km away.
You will stay in a Classic Room with partial Sea View from Sunday 03/08/2014 – Sunday 10/08/2014 for 2 persons including breakfast € 1899,00
You can book this hotel at: http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/dianamajesticdianamarina.en-gb.html?label=Boekings-nl-DaDmEIu1t8UTJUZyU49wfAS29722970089%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2494%2C000%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg;sid=5bd1fb018ce41ab4c7dc37b059aa5beb;dcid=1;checkin=2014-08-03;checkout=2014-08-10;dist=0;highlighted_facilites=104%2C96;no_rooms=1;srfid=fb8d61512fd51754724c75c07091cf472494c495X1;type=total;ucfs=1;aid=384610
The following site have several great biking trips around Diano Marina. http://www.runmap.net/en/regional/Italy/Liguria/Diano+Marina/#/z13/43.91034,8.08015/terrain
Clarion Collection Hotel Garden Lido**** (Brussel – Loano 1106 km)
Offering air-conditioned rooms with views of the sea or the hills, Clarion Collection Hotel Garden Lido is nestled in a natural Ligurian valley and boasts an enviable seafront position.
The Garden Lido Hotel features a restaurant, free gym and Turkish bath. Guests can also enjoy a private beach on request, or stroll in the lush gardens.
Guests' rooms all come with a balcony and a TV. Each has tiled floors and an en suite bathroom.
Based on a Superior Double or Twin Room with Hill view for 2 persons. From Sunday 03/08/2014 – Sunday 10/08/2014 including breakfast € 1499,00.
You can book this hotel at:
Loano and its countryside represent a wide choice of wonderful on the road CYCLING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS for any difficulty level: for those who love hard uphill paths in the countryside or those who prefer plain roads on the coast.
Thanks to the wild weather all year round you can ride in every season, discovering wonderful places between the sea and the mountains. Plants, hills, beaches and sea cliff.
In addition to the traditional cycling road “via Aurelia”, just along the coast, there are many trails, a bit farther from the sea, with different elevation gains, some of them higher than 1000 metres. Every year several professional and unprofessional cycling races take place in Loano and surroundings. This area is chosen by many sportsmen as the right training place.
For more biking trails around Loano please look at: http://www.loano2village.it/en/special-cycling-e-mountain-biking/
The second week you will drive to the north to one of the lakes. From Loano – Diano Marina to Salo – Cannobio is apr. 300 – 350 km. (depending on the hotel you choose for)
The cleanest waters in the North of Italy are in Cannobio Lido, Cannero Riviera (these two have sandy beaches) and Gardone Riviera.
At the following website you’ll find more information about it. Note this website is in Italian but the pictures explain it very clearly. https://cdn.voyando.com/https://cdn.voyando.com/http://www.bandierablu.org/public/doc/bb/2012/spiagge.jpg
And this one is in Dutch: http://www.italie.nl/Blauwe_Vlag/3100/default.html
I found the following accommodations. I’ll give you 2 options.
Park Hotel Villa Belvedere**** (Brussel to Cannobio 845 km)
Welcome to the Park Hotel Villa Belvedere (Cannobio, Lake Maggiore), a family-run hotel situated within a huge garden of 15.000 square metres with a heated swimming pool, in an attractive and peaceful scenery amidst the lake Maggiore and the Cannobina Valley.
The hotel's magnificent and peaceful setting makes it the ideal base for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature. Our polite, discreet staff is constantly at hand to provide efficient and attentive service.
Based on a Twin room:
Recently renovated, the hotel has quiet bedrooms all different from one another and furnished with every comfort including satellite tv, minibar, safe deposit box and air conditioning. Some rooms have whirlpool. The beautiful terraces and balconies enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding landscape.
From 10/08/2014 - 16/08/2014 for two persons including breakfast: € 1050,00 http://www.villabelvederehotel.it/camere.asp#
All reviews for this hotel are so good that I couldn’t leave it out of this offer. Check following page for more information. Booking goes on their own site link mentioned above.
The area around Cannobio offers numerous trails and itineraries bikers. Information and route maps can be obtained from the Cannobio tourist office: http://www.procannobio.it/uk/ciclabile.asp?sezione=3
Hotel Bellerive**** (Brussel to Salo 1027 km) Wifi available in all areas free of charge
Recommended by The Rough Guide to Lombardy Lakes, Hotel Bellerive is set on the shores of Lake Garda overlooking the Canottieri Marina on the Gulf of Salò. This refined hotel offers an outdoor pool.
The Bellerive is a 4-star hotel offering beautiful views and a personalised service, making it a real home away from home. Free parking is provided and the swimming pool with sun loungers is open all summer.
The bright, stylish rooms reflect the colours of Lake Garda. Each one comes with air conditioning, wooden floors and Sky TV. The en suite bathrooms include bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms and suites have a small furnished balcony.
The hotel's excellent restaurant, called 100KM, uses only top quality ingredients found within a 100 km radius of Salò. Breakfast is a varied American buffet.
Price based on a double room:
En suite room with parquet floors. Offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV with Sky channels.
Room facilities: Safety Deposit Box, Air Conditioning, Desk, Heating, Hardwood/Parquet floors, Shower, Bath, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Free toiletries, Toilet, Bathroom, Slippers, Telephone, Satellite Channels, Flat-screen TV, Minibar, Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock
Room size: 21 m²
From Sunday 10/08/2014 untill Saturday 16/08/2014 for 2 persons including breakfast € 990,00
Also Salo has severall nice Cycling tracks: http://www.mapmyride.com/it/salo-lombardy/
There are many information sites about Lago Maggiore and Lago di Garda.
The 16 you check out and start your trip home. You can spend the night somewhere along the road and you will arrive back home on Sunday the 17th.
It was a pleasure to make this trip if you need additional information let me know. Have a nice holiday.