A10 highway, exit “Imperia Ovest”, way to San Lorenzo al mare. There are both free car-parks and paid parking in the city centre, less than 5 minutes far from the bike path.
Bus route Riviera Trasporti Imperia-Sanremo (it isn’t possible to take bikes on buses)
Length: about 4,5 km (with 1,5 km in tunnel)
The first route inaugurated was the path between Aregai and San Lorenzo al Mare. This path is characterised by charming passages that take the visitors close to the sea in an area previously inaccessible because of the rail-road and the small part of the land between the Aurelia state highway and the sea.
The track begins in the city centre of San Lorenzo al Mare, small coastal village risen in the Rio San Lorenzo outpouring. You can access to the path directly from the Aurelia way near the parking lot of the old rail road station or, as an alternative, by an Aurelia way underpass that easily reaches a free parking area near the Cemetery.
The path exactly traces the old rail-road. It proceeds in a back straight, side by side with pedestrian seafront, recently renewed, from which it can be easy to access free beaches and sea cliffs below.
The path continues in tunnel at the end of the seafront, while the pedestrian crossing develops in a relax zone with benches, and it forks along a small dirt road with wooden fence and, after a small stretch, you can reach a short climb on the right, recently concreted, which leads to Aurelia way, near to the Costarainera’s hospital bus stop, (side by side with the hospital known as Sanatorium or Institute for heliotherapy), or you can continue and arrive to a car park near Piani di Cipressa, side by side Aurelia way.
The tunnel is illuminated, with radio aid signals (actually inactive) and anti-humidity roofing, and it’s especially long (almost 1500 metres), for this reason it could be cold and narrow for the pedestrians even in summer.
The standard time to go through the tunnel on foot is 20 minutes. Fortunately it’s possible to go to the Aurelia way for almost 1 km and re-descend near the west side of the exit tunnel near a bus stop in front of a road-man’s house. The guard rail doesn’t have entrance and the access way is uneven. It’s necessary to overcome the guard rail and it could be difficult with the bike. In the Aurelia way there is a big car traffic and, during the working time, heavy transport, the cyclists prefer go through the tunnel, (the standard time to cover it is 5 minutes). The access is temporarily closed from 8,00 pm. to 7,00 pm. because of absence of video surveillance equipment.
At the exit of the tunnel there is a relax zone, with overhanging benches and little gardens. Under the path there is a small known beach of rocks and pebbles in the flowing of a small brook. You can access to this beach from the Aurelia way by a steep stairway. The stairway is at the side of a small park area on the street.
The area is called Ciapin, the name derives from a big flat rock in the flowing of another small brook which, from the uphill, arrives near the old Saracen tower visible from the way (now the tower is a private home).
From the small park area the path runs parallel to the Aurelia way. Below the path there are unequalled and amazing cliff landscape, previously inaccessible because of the rail-road. After some kilometres the path goes side by side to the Aurelia way to an old rail-road ticket office, in Aregai zone. There are some buildings here, and a motorbike and car park.
The path continues in the next route, and it enters in the town of Santo Stefano al mare.
II° Route: from S. Stefano to Mare a Riva Ligure