Cadimare is a hamlet of the municipality of La Spezia, one of the villages of the Gulf of Poets, which – every first Sunday of the month of August – compete for the Palio del Golfo along with other 12 villages of the Gulf such as Portovenere, Tellaro and Lerici. Cadimare is also the one who has won the most Palios ever, in 2019 in the Seniores category, and the last one in 2021 for the Juniores section.
In the quiet village, with the typical terraced houses with colorful facades, we find the parish church of Nostra Signora del Pianto and a few small businesses, including two excellent restaurants. The first is the Cà Da Mà, a fish restaurant leaning against the Church, and the second is the family-run Trattoria al Centro.
For those who prefer pizza there is also an excellent pizzeria. For breakfast and aperitivo you will find two bars and a bakery who sells a few groceries too. All restaurant and bars have outdoor tables with sea view.
In the village there are also a newsstand/tobacconist (who sells bus tickets), the pier from which the ferry to Portovenere and the island Palmaria (from late June to early September), and a private boat rental.
Boar rental in Cadimare and ferry to Portovenere
At the pier in Cadimare iy is possible to rent a boat for the day thanks to La Spezia Fishing Charter, see the Facebook page for further informations and contacts.
From the pier of Cadimare you can also take the ferry to Portovenere and Palmaria island, which in 2021 will be operated until 5th of September. Daily departures are at 8:50 AM, 10:40 AM and 2:10 PM, tickets are on sale onboard. Before arriving in Portovenere, the ferry stops also in the two nice villages of Fezzano and Le Grazie.
How to reach the village of Cadimare from the Guesthouse La Terrazza con l’Ulivo?
By foot: Since our Guesthouse is located on a small hill, to get to the village of Cadimare there is a short walk downhill along the normal paved road (the same you drive with the car), it takes about 15 minutes by foot downhill and 20 minutes uphill.
By car, parking in Cadimare: it takes only 2 minutes to go down to the village by car, parking is free both on the Via della Marina (with 3-hour parking disc, from 8 AM to 8 PM from 15th June to 15th September) and in the Piazza Pescatori.
The parking lots of the pier (Piazza Pescatori), from where the ferry to Portovenere and Palmaria island departs, are always free all year round. If you need to leave your car all day long, this is the right place to park.