The combination of the very mild climate and the mountains and hills immediately behind Varazze make this resort a perfect place for cyclists. There are trails to suit every taste and level of ability, from family cycle rides to "near vertical routes for" expert riders. arazze has long had close links with cycling. For many years, some of the greatest names associated with this sport have treated Varazze and the Hotel Genovese Villa Elena as their second home. Champions such as Fausto Coppi, Milano, Carrea, Gismondi, and others from the Bianchi team, used to spend their holidays here, as well as long periods while training for international events. Their names and achievements have marked the history of world cycling.
The hotel still offers an ideal base for cycling enthusiasts, and the Olmo bike factory is only 3 km away.
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Filanda Golf Club: a recently opened 9-hole course in the centre of Albissola Superiore (5 km. away).
>> For information: www.filanda.org
St. Anna Golf:located in the Lerca area of nearby Cogoleto (8 km. away), a new 18-hole course in a rural setting, with stunning sea views.
>> For information: www.santannagolf.com
Arenzano Golf Club:a classic, 9-hole course, surrounded by the famous Arenzano pine forest.
>> For information: www.golfarenzano.com
At the Tie-BreakSports Club (150 metres from the Hotel) synthetic and grass tennis courts and five-a-side football pitches; the club can also provide equipment for anyone who arrives unprepared. During the month of August, various professional and amateur tournaments are organised, in collaboration with Varazze town council. Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) instructors are on hand to introduce you to the sport, or help you improve your skills. For information: Tel. +39 01995493.
San Giacomo Tennis Club:in the green setting of Piani di San Giacomo to the east of Varazze, ideal for clay court enthusiasts. Tel. +39 338 5353335.
Tennis at Piani di Invrea:2 km. from Varazze, set in a green residential area; 3 tennis courts, ideal for sport and relaxation. Tel. +39 01990594
Ever since 1983, Varazze has been generally recognised as one of the 3 best wave sites in the Mediterranean. In fact, the rocky seabed by the side of the main jetty produces breakers of exceptional quality.
THE VARAZZE CLUB NAUTICO
The Varazze Nautical Club, a sailing club established in 1919, C.A.S. (Introduction to Sport) centre, recognised by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) and established for the use of young people. The boats from the sailing school are moored on a strip of beach between the port and the Baglietto shipyard. Other types available on request include OPTIMIST, L'EQUIPE, 420 and 470. It is possible to sail all year round.
PALAVARAZZE " SPORTS HALL "
This recently built (1986) facility, situated in the centre of Varazze, features a 800 sq.m. parquet wood floor court, suitable for all sports (volleyball, handball, basketball-football, karate, etc.) and a 240 seater conference room, equipped with facilities for translation in four languages.
The PALAVARAZZE houses concerts, conferences and sporting events up to national level.
PINO FERRO "SPORTS GROUND"
Located in Varazze, close to the leisure port, "the historic" Pino Ferro clay court with changing rooms, showers and lighting for night tournaments and events; 2000 places on terraces and stands.
ATHLETICS SCHOOL TRACK
(Along the river Teiro) A 220 metre, 4 lane tartan ring track, with lighting for night events and training.
Immersioni Abysso D.C.:for technical and recreational diving from Arenzano to Bergeggi, and diving courses of all types. The centre will shortly be moving to the new port of Marina di Varazze.
>> For information: www.sub-abysso.com
Immersioni Techdive:diving courses at every level, accredited to issue certificates and licences.
>> For information: www.techdive.it