If you don’t feel like tackling a tough trail like the Pilgrim one, we suggest you to venture into another panoramic path, shorter and less demanding: the Balcony on the Sea! Starting from our hotel, you will have to reach Strada Vecchia, near the ancient Saracen village: from here you will have to follow the ancient cobblestone path, which will take you through the typical dry-stone walls areas with olive trees cultivations. From there you will admire the sea below you and Capo San Donato in the distance.
Going beyond a small passage, you will see that the pavement ends, leaving room to a small dirt muletrack, which climbs to the right, becoming steeper. After a few minutes, however, the route smoothes out and you can enjoy a beautiful panorama: from Punta Crena to the promontory of Caprazoppa, up to Capo Mele (between Andora and Laigueglia, a city in the far west of Savona). The place is pcitoresque because of the view and the scents of abounding aromatic plants such as thyme, lavender and rosemary!
Proceeding on the flat area, going around the hill, the descent begins in a short time: you will find the indications that show cetacean sanctuary, the portion of the sea below you, and the intersection with the Pilgrim’s Path, which still climbs uphill. Don’t worry: luckily you will have to go downhill! Near a hexagonal bench, we recommend you a detour to the Church of San Lorenzo, an ancient Benedictine monastery overlooking the Saracen Bay.
In a short time you will be on the pavement again: at this point, if you are not too tired, we recommend that you make a further detour towards to Costa and Punta Crena! To visit these two other points of interest, from Strada Vecchia you will have to proceed on the asphalted part, in the direction of the path that leads to Punta Crena. You can see the remains of the Borgata Costa, destroyed by a violent earthquake that occurred in late nineteenth century. Continuing crossing the woods, in ten minutes you will reach the Punta Crena Tower, a spectacular panoramic point, right above the historic center of Varigotti.
Going back, taking the path on the left, between walls and olive trees, you will find yourself directly in the ancient village!