Liguria - Moneglia

Moneglia

Moneglia lies in a beautiful bay between the two promontories of Punta Moneglia and Punta Rospo. It is another great choice for families with small kids as it has a nice sandy beach, protected by breakwater. The beach is also awarded with the Blue Flag. The town is surrounded by huge olive groves so Moneglia is also famous for its extra virgin olive oil. Local focaccia and olive oil can be tasted at the Olive Oil Fair which is held yearly on Easter Monday.

You can easily reach Moneglia by car or train, or you can even hike here from neighbouring villages. There are several beautiful walking paths in the area offering you amazing seaviews. If you come with kids, you'll probably spend most of the day on the sandy beach, otherwise make sure you spend some time discovering this pretty town.

There are wonderful little streets with colourful medieval houses, artisan shops, nice restaurants and two churches (Church of San Giorgio and Church of Santa Croce). The Church of San Giorgio also has a Franciscan cloister; I really love its beautiful courtyard.

You can also visit the 12th-century Castle of Monleone and the Fortress of Villafranca. I really enjoyed the view of Moneglia from the Fortress of Villafranca. From here, you can see the castle and both bell towers. The fortress is surrounded by a nice mediterranean garden.