Portofino Travel Summary

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.



The  Portofino Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Portofino:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See;

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

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.



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 v3

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 expensive side.   Whilst there are not a huge amount of sights within Portofino it is picturesque, 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.

2. What to See:

Portofino Marina:

AllThingsTravels 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

Portofino Harbour v3


Castello Brown:

AllThingsTravels 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

Castello Brown, Portofino


Chiesa di San Giorgio:

AllThingsTravels Top Pick:

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

Portofino Chiesa San Giorgio

Walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino:

AllThingsTravels 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 2

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