The Bay of Silence and that of the Fables, the cycle paths, playgrounds and trains to the Cinque Terre: all you need to know for a holiday in Sestri Levante with the whole family
A holiday in Sestri Levante with children is what you need if you are looking for a town with all the services, parks, family-friendly beaches and possibilities for excursions and outings.
Sestri Levante is a town with two faces, at least that’s how it is told in that territory of beaches and hills that climb from the sea to the sky which is the Gulf of Tigullio. Two Sestri faces and two Sestresi faces.
The truth is that Sestri is a town of great charm, a tongue of land embraced by the sea. With its two bays: the Bay of Silence and that of the Fables. And Sestri seems just out of a fairytale, with its narrow caruggi full of shops, that you just turn a corner and you find yourself with your feet in the sand and eyes focused on the show that gives the Bay of Silence. Small, sandy, wedged between the rocks and the Abbazia dell’Annunziata.
Go back on your steps and, after a couple of minutes, here is the Baia delle Favole, which embraces the entire coast of Sestri Levante and overlooks the Gulf of Tigullio. A long tongue of sandy beaches, with bathing facilities, free beaches equipped kiosks and all kinds of places.
Sestri Levante welcomes tourists with open arms, the children then pamper them with many parks, structures that organize events dedicated to them and a small historic center to be explored on foot and waiting to be discovered.
The sea of Sestri Levante: Baia del Silenzio and Baia delle Favole
The sea of Sestri Levante is double with its Baia del Silenzio and the Baia delle Favole. To divide the caruggi.
The Bay of Silence faces east, is a small sandy bay, which almost completely closes on itself. Clear sand, sandy bottoms that degrade rather slowly, and on the side to the east, the rocks to be explored with fins, mask and snorkel. In the west of the bay, on the other hand, there is a beach and, in closing, the Convent of the Annunciation where events and events are often organized. A few years ago, on that side, there is a statue of a fisherman on the rocks: looking among the rocks that emerge from the water you will see him intent on collecting nets. Every year Sestri Levante hosts the Andersen Festival, known for the numerous shows and to be connected to the relative prize, also for this the statue was created that recalls that of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. The statue was created by Leonardo Lusting, an artist of German origin born in Santa Margherita. Il Pescatorello is certainly one of the most interesting attractions of the bay with children.
We recommend going to the beach as early as early in the morning because it is difficult to find a free place in Baia del Silenzio during the summer
It’s worth having an aperitif in the Bay of Silence with the kids, they can spend some time playing on the shoreline while mom and dad are sipping something in one of the many bars overlooking the bay.
Turn to Sestri Levante
Getting around Sestri Levante can be done in many ways: on foot enjoying the beautiful walks in the town center (pedestrian) or by bike, in fact the town is crossed by a suitably marked cycle path that allows you to admire Sestri in complete safety. To enjoy a splendid view from the top you can take a walk to Punta Manara. We suggest starting from Riva Trigoso beach to climb to the top of the promontory and then descend to the caruggio of Sestri Levante.
For more sporting families, we point out that on the waterfront De Scalzo there is also an area equipped for outdoor sports!
Art and culture in Sestri Levante
Sestri Levante has a profound attitude towards art and culture. In fact, during the year there are many cultural events that often have to do with children. First of all the Andersen Festival dedicated to shows, fairy tales and entertainment for young and old.
But Sestri Levante is not just events. There are numerous cultural realities. First of all the Musel which is located both in Sestri and in the nearby village of Castiglione Chiavarese. These are two exhibition poles, which allow to know the history of the Tigullio territory and the Sestri Levante valleys. The Convent of the Annunciation dates back to the end of the 1400s and hosts events of all kinds.
Going up a little (starting from the Convent of the Annunciation) you get to the church of San Nicolò dell’Isola dating back to the mid-1100s. it is a structure of great charm, surrounded by greenery and from which you can also enjoy a wonderful view of the sea.
Parchi for children in Sestri Levante
In Sestri Levante there are numerous parks for children. Leaving the station, after having crossed the road that leads to the main road of car transit, we arrive at the first playground where there are attractions for children of all ages But the real beauty is the Mandela Park: cycle and pedestrian, adventure park and many games (among these also a very long slide that is worth trying) to entertain children, but also mom and dad. Nearby is the complex with swimming pools both outdoors and indoors. Also in the village of Riva Trigoso are equipped areas with games for children. Here, too, the beaches are well kept and spacious and there are many services.
Info practices to know about Sestri Levante
Here some practical info for a holiday in Sestri Levante. The town is full of shops of all kinds, very beautiful and cared for, with quality goods . There are many supermarkets, even large ones, and also specific shops for children. Shops are generally open from Monday to Sunday and in summer often also in the evening. Every Saturday morning in the city center there is also a market of various goods. Sestri Levante can be reached by motorway (there is the toll gate of the A12) and also by train, it is in fact one of the best served and largest railway stations in the area. The town can be easily reached on foot, by bike, by car, but there are also buses and taxis. With the train you can reach the nearby Moneglia, the Cinque Terre and the many seaside towns dotting the it costs from Sestri to Porto Venere.