During my stays in La Spezia, I visited Lerici and San Terenzo many times. It is very easy to take the local bus, which takes about 35 mins, from La Spezia to Lerici and then walk to the beach at San Terenzo. I sat and chatted with the locals on the bus, and met lots of friendly people. You can also take the train from any of the Cinque Terre.
We also drove to Lerici where we found easy parking in one of the car parks and then it was an easy walk to the beach.
There is also a ferry connecting Lerici to Cinque Terre and Portovenere
Lerici is in the Italian Riviera in Liguria.
There is lots of delicious food in pretty restaurants on the waterfront and amidst long, curvy streets. We walked to the pier end at Lerici and to the adjacent tiny beaches. The sea here is super clean and warm, so inviting.
On the beach there are plenty of beach beds, chairs and umbrellas, but I was always happy to lie on a large rock and jump in to the beautiful crystal clear water
Laze away an afternoon gazing at the lovely buildings in Tuscan yellows and oranges, or take the stairs up to the castle, or enjoy yet another yummy gelato.
There are excellent views from the famous castle of Lerici, San Terenzo and across the bay to Portovenere. You can take the stairs or there is a lift to the top. The views of the poets gulf are worth the effort.
There was an exhibition about dinosaurs which did nothing for me. I really was interested in the lovely views.
The castle is at the end of the beach, very close to the centre of San Terenzo.
I really liked this small romantic town.