The Best Travel Guide to Portofino by BestTravelBook

Portofino is a picturesque fishing village on the Italian Riviera surrounded by emerald waters and italian cypress trees.  Portofino is probably most famous for it the super-yachts that docked within its harbour.  Almost in contrast to the Cinque Terre, Portofino is perfectly manicured with its luxurious hotels, pristine streets and glowing pastel colours villas.

Portofino Harbour
Portofino Harbour
Portofino Harbour
Portofino Harbour

The Best Travel Guide to Portofino is segmented into 4 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Portofino:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See;
  3. Some Top Tips / Good to Know;
  4. An insider guide

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town:

Portofino sits on a peninsula in the Tigullio Golf east of Genoa in the northern Italian region of Liguria. Santa Margherita Ligure, a larger resort town, and Camogli, a small fishing village, are nearby towns also worth a visit.  Boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants line the tiny streets. Diving, hiking and beach-going are popular local pastimes, and there are some historic sights like the Church of St. Martin (Divo Martino) and the Castello Brown hilltop fortress.

Portofini Harbour
Portofini Harbour

The shore is lined with rows of quaint fisherman houses that vary in cheerful pastel colours, designer boutiques and stylish bars and cafes. Sailing, diving, hiking, and exploring the coastline, which is has a number of excellent beaches and enchanting villages.  With the the Regional Natural Park of Portofino (Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino) and the Cinque Terre trail nearby, Portofino and its surrounding areas represent a great destination for hikers.  The walk between Santa Margherita the closest train station and Portofino is very scenic.

Portofino Harbour
Portofino Harbour

 

Portofino also boast a number of great beaches nearby including Camogli, Chiavari, Lavagna, Paraggi and Sestri Levante.   Many visitors choose to stay outside of Portofino as the hotels and restaurants are on the very expensive side.   Whilst there are not a huge amount of sights within Portofino it is incredibly picturesque, very relaxing and there are a number of very scenic walks both within and in the National Park.  You will definitely see how the other half live with the luxurious yachts and hotels.

 

Portofino Harbour
Portofino Harbour
Portofino
Portofino

2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See:

 

Portofino Harbour
Portofino Harbour
What to See in Portofino
What to See in Portofino

 

 

Portofino Marina:

Portofino Harbour
Portofino Harbour

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Portofino marina is world famous and you are guaranteed to see a couple of mega yachts no matter what time of the year you visit
  • The Marina is surrounded by a beautifully coloured fishing cottages and if the budget stretches there several very good restaurants

 

Castello Brown:

Castello Brown, Portofino
Castello Brown, Portofino

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Castello Brown, formerly known as the Castle of San Giorgio, is an ancient military fortress placed in an elevated position, that dominates the small town of Portofino.
  • The castle is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden full of cypress trees, flowers and pergola
  • Since 1961, the castle is owned by the Municipality of Portofino, which carried out an extensive restoration and now uses the castle as a venue for cultural exhibitions and events
  • Even if you do not enter, the walk up to the castle is very pleasant and offers some excellent places to take photographs of Portofino and its harbour
Portofino View from Castello
Portofino View from Castello

 

Chiesa di San Giorgio:

Portofino Chiesa San Giorgio
Portofino Chiesa San Giorgio

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • Built in 1154, Chiesa di San Giorgio is a Catholic Church built in in the Romanesque style
  • One of the reasons to visit is to visit Terrazza San Giorgio observation deck which offers panoramic views over Portofino, Portofino Bay and the Harbour

 

Walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino:

Walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino
Walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino

 

BestTravelBook Top Pick:

  • The walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino with Portofino Bay on one side and the Regional Natural Park of Portofino is very scenic
  • There are several beaches and Castello Brown that veer off into the National Park
  • Santa Margherita is also a great place to wander and offers a great base to explore the Italian Riviera with frequent trains along the coastline from its train station

 

Walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino
Walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino

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