One of the main reasons to come to finale is GOING To the beach of course :)
There are tons of private beaches (where you can rent a "big sun umbrella" with two chairs (or one chair and a chaise), or just a chaise. If you are staying for a month or so, you can rent a changing/storage cabin (cabina). Some offer hot showers, beach volley cabins, play area for kids, restauraunts... All have little bars/kiosks for icecream, drinks, etc. There are also many areas of public beaches.
By law its free to enter a private beach as long as you stay within 5m of the shoreline.
Perched on a hillside overlooking the beaches of Finale, the hotel was originally a villa, which has...more
This is a great hostel. It's very clean and very cheap (11 euros per night, including breakfast!)....more
Via Bolognani 5, Finale Ligure, 17024, Italy
Good for: Couples
They've called it a bar, but it wasn't exactly buzzing at night, so I'm calling it a coffeehouse! In reality, it's one of those mixed up places they have in Italy that do alcohol, food and coffee. The salads were quite nice (though not huge) - we had 2, costing 5 euros and 6 euros. I also had a cappuccino with cream (con panna) that was 2.30 to sit...more
The best pasticceria in finale, heavenly mini pastries and great coffee. I think a cappuccino was something like 1.60 and a mini pastry 0.50 (you need more than 3 though!!) - but that's to sit down in the nice red interior or outside next to the church, so it's well worth it. The mini coffee crema pastries - to die for.more
This is the disco of Finale. Its in the san bernardino part of the town, you can take a bus up there and then take a taxi or walk back down to the Marina (split a taxi bus with other friends and you end up paying aroudn 3/4 euro per person).
By day this is a place where you can swim in the pool or play on the tennis courts, but at night (friday and saturday, some thursdays) during the summer, its the main disco. It has the pyramid where house music usually plays, the privee', and the main floor, plus the area near the mega screen where this summer they played Latin American.... one night they even had Salsa lessons.
They regularly hold concerts and DJ nights here as well, I saw Gigi D'agostino (met him afterwards too), Gabry Ponte, Prezioso, Carolina Marquez, and more here... although these names may not mean much to you, they are pretty important in the Italian club music scene.
You can use the pool by night as well. :)
the only thing that i would caution is that unless there is someone playing, the average age of the people there is 15-16. Also, on thursday nights, they might have "liscio" dancing, which is where the elderly go to dance (traditional italian dance, almost like a more casual waltz...)
Dress Code: You can go pretty much as you wish.
From Milano Centrale (central station), take an Intercity to Nizza/Nice Ville. This is the second stop after Genova Principe. The complete name of the station is Finale Ligure Marina.
You could also take an interregionale to Ventimiglia, but that takes around 3hrs and isn't as comfortable/convenient.
There are many trains daily from Milano, as well as trains coming/going from Turin (Torino)
This is a great Miss Sixty stockist, with good sales (I got a great couple of bargains) and stuff that you don't find in the main Miss Sixty stores across Italy.
What to buy: Miss Sixty jeans or skirts
What to pay: About 155 for boots, 65 for a skirt, 90+ for jeans
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When coming back from the beach, make sure you are covered up, as in 2003 the citypassed a law that it is illegal to walk around the "budello" (the beach front center part of town) in swimsuits. Fines can reach up to 200 euro.