Boccadasse is an ancient fishing village located between Albaro and Genova Sturla. It is characterized by colorful little houses overlooking the sea and a small pebble beach that is always crowded on fine days. Boccadasse is called the lover’s village, in fact it is a must-see destination for families with children as well because it is so beautiful that it fascinates at any age moreover, children will be thrilled to wander among the moored boats and climb the rocks while enjoying a good ice cream or a piece of focaccia.
What to see
At the end of the Corso Italia promenade you come across a church (Parrocchia S. Antonio In Boccadasse), turn the corner and you come to the churchyard from which you already have a nice view of the village. You then take the creuze on the left (a bit laboriously but the stroller goes too) and in a few seconds you arrive at the village of Boccadasse. A flight of steps starts from the churchyard and leads up to the rocks, but we recommend going through the creuze because it is more characteristic and as you go down you get nice glimpses of the colorful little houses that characterize Boccadasse.
Entering the village, one immediately encounters the little beach; to its right the promenade continues skirting the gozzi to finally end at the rocks, crossing the little beach instead one arrives at a creuza that in a few minutes leads to the viewpoint of Capo di Santa Chiara from which there is a spectacular view even of the promontory of Portofino. Continuing for another 400 m you arrive at Vernazzola, a small fishing village with a beautiful little-known but very characteristic beach. Here there is also a small fountain with drinking water.
How to get there and where to park
☛ By car – The nearest highway exit is Genova Ovest. You can look for parking in Corso Italia or along the streets leading from Corso Italia to Via Righetti, the parallel interior street located in the residential neighborhood of Albaro. Parking spaces are charged on weekdays (on Sundays and holidays free of charge). Piazzale JFKennedy at the Foce, which hosts the Winter Park in December/January and June/July, becomes a large free parking lot the rest of the year. One then has to walk the 3 km of the seaside promenade (Corso Italia) to get to Boccadasse.
☛ By bus – From Piazza Brignole, you have to take bus number 31, which runs along Corso Italia and, in about half an hour, arrives at Boccadasse (get off at the Cavallotti 1/DE Gaspari stop).
☛ On foot – It is 2 km from Piazza Brignole to Piazzale JFKennedy (Foce) and from there another 3 km (Corso Italia promenade) to get to Boccadasse. In total it takes about an hour (40 minutes from the Foce).
What to eat in Boccadasse
There are focaccerie, fish fry shops, creperie, ice cream parlors in the village. We like to eat sitting on the beach or on the rocks (if you have slightly older children).
There is a wide choice of restaurants as well, although they are a bit pricey.. The best in our opinion are Patanegra for aperitifs and Trattoria Osvaldo for fish. Capo di Santa Chiara Restaurant for food and location (though more for couples).
Where to sleep in Boccadasse
☛ nel gozzo sul mare – Genovainrelax – It’s a tiny but complete two-level apartment with breathtaking views of the marina. Free cot/crib on request. Book here.
☛ MOONLIGHT IN BOCCADASSE – Delightful two-bedroom apartment with sea views. Crib/cot not available. Book here.
☛ Appartamento con giardino a Boccadasse – Apartment located in residential area, one minute walk from Boccadasse beach. Free cot/crib available on request and use of the lovely garden. Book here.
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