My self-restored stone cottage is located in the pedestrian historical centre of popular Apricale with stunning views over a steep river valley. South facing with a small covered terrace to relax on summer evenings, couples will adore the peaceful location close to the main piazza.
Cottage in the popular hilltop village of Apricale, voted one of the most beautiful in Italy and whose name comes from the Latin ‘apricus’, meaning ‘open to the sun.’ Apricale is situated in the foothills of the proposed UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Ligurian Alps and is an ideal base for a spring walking holiday, due to the mild climate or summer beach holiday with easy access to Nice (60 kms), Monaco and San Remo (35kms).
The cottage is ideally suited , with its rustic restoration- wood and tiled floors, stone walls and wood stove- for a self catering weeks holiday.
The many beautiful paths that start from the village were old mule trails connecting village to village and your host can give you detailed information on short or longer walks with pdf maps and descriptions. It is one of the 10 most important areas for biodiversity in the Mediterranean, so a paradise for lovers of flowers, butterflies and birdlife. There is a folder of info on things to do, including the location of fresh mountain rivers for wild swimming, which is not always easy to come by here, especially in English.
Apricale is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone, partly covered walkways for pedestrians only, including its stunning central piazza. The cottage is situated on the most sunny ‘carrugi’ (walkways) in the village, with garden terraces, open views down to river below and south facing position. It is a only a few minutes walk from the traditional village shop, where you can mix with locals, while buying reasonably priced local products.. A couple of minutes more takes you to the central piazza, with its open air cafes and restaurants, museum and gardens. The other benefit of the location that is very important due to the long pathways of the village, as it makes bringing your luggage and shopping easier, is the proximity to the main road with bus stop and parking, a couple of minutes down a newly restored cobblestone ramp.
There are several good restaurants in the village, 2 café/bars with free wi-fi access, post office, library, Atm machine, a grocery shop and a museum/gallery, with year round art exhibitions. Wi-fi is also free in the main piazza.
The downstairs room has fully fitted kitchen, including a gas hob, electric oven and washing machine, dining and sitting area, which is compact but very cosy! The upstairs bedroom has a large double bed, Tv and large windows, with shutters with views down to the valley and across to Perinaldo. There is a good quality stereo that can be connected to your i phone, as well as many Cds, Dvds and books, mostly in English.There is now a small flat screen TV that can be used to watch movies on a usb that has about 30 movies of various genres. The stylish bathroom has a corner shower with glass doors. For taking your breakfast or other meals there is a small covered terrace that receives sun most of the day in spring, autumn and winter and in summer gives some welcome shade! Internet access with WiFi modem or ethernet for laptop.
Your host will meet you or send detailed instructions. Friends can provide local seasonal vegetables for you at a reasonable price.
Recommended for Apricale are a good pair of trainers to allow you to get around more comfortably, a day backpack to carry your things and not to bring too much luggage!
Whilst a car is generally recommended for Apricale to have access more places, it would be possible to enjoy a short or even longer stay using the bus, which runs 5 or 6 times a day to the coast and train station at Ventimiglia, depending on when the schools are open. Tickets are only 1.50 and last 90mins, so it is possible to even reach San Remo, with one change.
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I can give all the information for an enjoyable stay. If you want short or long hikes, popular or quiet beaches. Wild river swimming. Village visits or trips to the French Riviera.
I am Robert and I was born in England. I'm a sociable person and I restored over a few years a beautiful stone cottage In Apricale. I have travelled alot and lived in many countries but decided to settle in Italy due to the kindness of the people, their traditions of agriculture and building with stone, and of course the reliable sunny weather and beautiful nature. I love hiking and camping in the area of Apricale and sharing my knowledge of the many fantastic trails that can be walked in most months of the year. See riviera ridgeways .