Baia dei Saraceni

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
812 reviews
Excellent
499
Very good
223
Average
54
Poor
15
Terrible
21

SedentaryTraveller
Dublin, Ireland98 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
We had planned to visit the beach in front of the old town in Varigotti but stopped here first by mistake. Thankfully our mistake turned out to be a wonderful one, as I think this beach is much better than the one in town.

The water at Baia dei Saraceni is warm and crystal clear. The beach itself could more accurately be described as grit rather than sand, though there is sand when you get out into the water. One end of the beach is rocky and offers a nice place to snorkel around in. There is a modest charge to get down to the beach. You can hire sun beds, chairs and an umbrella if you wish, but they are not compulsory.

There is a nice café/restaurant on the beach. The food is competent focusing on burgers and chips etc., although they do offer salads as well. Coffee and pastries are available for a lovely breakfast on the beach first thing in the morning.

If you fancy something really nice for lunch or dinner then the village of Varigotti is about 8 minutes walk away. The route into town is a busy road with no pedestrian pathway, so do think twice before setting out with kids. Once in the village there are a number of excellent restaurants and a great gellataria.

The Baia dei Saraceni is probably the best beach within a 30km radius. The waters are superb and because there is an area suitable for snorkelling there is something to keep all the kids interested. There is no diving platform on this beach.

IMPORTANT: this is a hugely popular beach and parking is a nightmare. There is *very* limited free parking on the main road, though there is a pay car park close by. The free parking fills up very quickly and you need to get there very early at the weekends or all the spaces will be taken up by the locals.
Written July 19, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Aarti J
Oxford, UK22 contributions
Aug 2015
Beautiful beach, stunning backdrop. There are two areas, one free to the right (more rocky) and one paid to the left. The paid beach is more sandy and has a nice bar with sandwiches and drinks. The free beach has very good snorkelling just off the shore.
Written September 1, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

simpleminds
Recco, Italy305 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
just wow!did know Caraibi were in Liguria too!cant believe it!
water so clean and green and blue...speachless.Been 3 times and i want to go back soon!
Written May 29, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Janne K
Haugesund, Norway27 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We usually search for the small beaches with few people and chill environment. This was on of them, but I must say I was a bit disappointed. Its kind of a rough beach and difficult getting into the water because of the rocks. Not highly recommended for children. It was a lot of wawes that day, so maybe it's better on a quiet day. We payed 15 euros to park. We preferred Malpaso beach.
Written July 29, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gergana
Sofia, Bulgaria3 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Yes, the beach is nice. BUT all the management of the beach and parking is horrible! 15 euros by car! And then you need to risk your life to cross the very busy road and walk on the side of that same road full with parked motorcycles so no space at all even to walk on the side! 20 euros for 2 to get an umbrella and 2 poor chairs (not even long chairs!). So 35 euros in total to go to that beach that's indeed nice but NOT exceptional at all. You also need to wait like 20 min to get a bottle of water at bar. Not worth it at all. Don't waste your time and money!
Written July 29, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Daniel de Caria Ramos
Geneva, Switzerland117 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
This place is absolutely gorgeous, with a secluded beach set against the backdrop of high cliffs. The only problem is that during summer is impossible to park nearby, unless you are willing to overpay for a couple of hours in the parking lot. Apart from that, you may park in the city and walk to the beach through the highway, something we saw a lot of people do but did not have the guts to do it ourselves.
Written July 22, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jameslan
Milan, Italy35 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
A very nice bay, with clean water and white sand. The only problem is the parking, almost impossibile to find for free if you ger there afte 0900 and very expensive in the parking area.
Written July 28, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Peter E
Monza, Italy34 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
Very nice peace of land, easy to reach, with a stunning sea and beautiful fishermen houses.
Highly recommended a walk to the Saracen tower.
Written March 30, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Puccio_La_Pentola
Italia126 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
Stayed in late may, off-peak season. My #1 choice in Finale Ligure. Crystal clear green / blue water, sand and rocks, a nice restaurant and bar.

I think sea and beach access should be free; there is an entrance fee in place instead. Hope this money helps to preserve the beauty of the place. Locals do have free access, which is acceptable.

Good for snorkeling.

Not sure about peak season. Would try anyway.

Very limited parking. Make sure to arrive early in peak season.
Written May 18, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Maria
Sale, UK44 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Very difficult to find a parking space if you set off after 9, but absolutely worth going to. I had to drive up and down the Via Aurelia desperately in search of a parking spot but driving between Noli and Varigotti is such a breathtaking view that it was pleasant despite the panic of not finding where to leave the car.
Eventually after more than an hour we made it to the beach: crystal clear water and really a fantastic place not to be missed.
Many fish in the water which wasn't deep and was quite warm.
Written August 24, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 16
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Baia dei Saraceni (Varigotti) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about Baia dei Saraceni

Hotels near Baia dei Saraceni: View all hotels near Baia dei Saraceni on Tripadvisor