Area Marina Protetta Portofino

Area Marina Protetta Portofino

Area Marina Protetta Portofino
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,246 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Using one word to describe the experience - difficult. We knew that the drive in would be narrow, winding roads, however, this was enhanced by the volume of traffic that made the trip in seem endless. When we got there, the parking was also 'difficult'. Hard to get into, hard to get a park, hard to get out of. Once we were out, there was just the usual cafes and souvenir stores and the painted buildings that weren't anywhere near as impressive as the Cinque Terre ones.
Written September 16, 2022
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland7,838 contributions
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Jul 2020
Portofino is a charming place. The whole coast of Liguria is charming. All the villages of Cinque Terre, the drive along the coast (not for the faint hearted). It's a lovely part of Italy...but then again whole Italy is lovely.

Once you parked your car at the end of town, the Via Roma leads down to the port. It's only a very short walk. You'll pass lots of restaurants, shops, souvenir stores and more. It's a nice little street. Even with Covid-19 still quite busy.

The heart of Portofino of course is the Marina. You will see the Yachts, but you also have the chance to get on a boat yourself. Ferries and Tour Boats are departing from here. Some go up and down the Ligurian Coast. Or sit down in one of the restaurants (most serving the typical tourist fare - but ok for a drink) and watch the world go by. You can stroll a bit to the left...and a bit to the right. But the Marina itself is not that huge, but it sure is an eye-catcher. The old buildings, the colours, the water. It's just amazingly beautiful and well worth the trip. From here you also could walk up to the Castello.

We really loved Portofino. But be sure not to miss out on the Cinque Terre and the less known (but full with locals) Porto Venere.
Written November 29, 2020
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Dutch-Mikey
Le Havre, France1,146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The small but vibrant colored port if the heart of Portofino and it's reason for being. It's like St Tropez, it's famous for its small port and its mega-yachts.

The colors of the houses make it very attractive. Wait for the golden hour to get photos that can't go wrong (go to the Castle Brown for your photos)
Written July 10, 2021
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
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Sep 2021 • Friends
Portofino is beautiful but it is very small and looks similar to all other towns in Liguria. It is famous for the rich people I think. It is expensive to go there. I advice staying somewhere near like Rapallo and visit it as a daytrip. You can see everything in one hour or so.
Written September 16, 2021
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see in Italy 🇮🇹 in Europe in the world we came in winter which is just as beautiful but more accessible
Written February 10, 2023
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Shannaponpon
Hong Kong, China172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We started our day trip from the cruise pier of Genova! only a ten minutes walk from the cruise pier to Genova piazza Principe station. Form there,we took a regular train to Santa Margherita Ligure which is about 50 minutes.From the cafe inside the station,you may buy the bus tickets,or you simply buy it from the driver but it is a euro more than from the cafe. I went to Portofino during Saturday and the bus was very frequent .Every 15 minutes.The bus ride was also 15 mins with awesome view of the coastline.We visited the castle brown and from there you can view Portofino from the hill!very stunning view!you may see the pictures that I uploaded.There is an admission fee and you may take a rest there,take some pictures and use the toilet.The town of Portofino is really small! You may need only less than a hour and most of them are souvenir shop ,luxurious shops and restaurants!It may be a good choice to have a lunch there. Then ,we took the bus back to Santa Margherita Ligure.we got off the bus at the centre of Santa Margherita! Have a relaxing walk at the fishing village and grabbed ice cream.Then we use the same bus ticket to go back the Santa Margherita Ligure station(free transfer within a hour).From there, we took the regular train and go to explore another village,Boccadasse,which is near Genova! The port time of our cruise was long enough for us to go Portofino,Santa Margherita and Boccadasse.Love the sceneries at the three place, enjoyed the seafood lunch and have a good walk!Highly recommend cruisers or travelers to explore!

Extra tips:there is also boats from Genova And Santa Margherita to go Portofino.But only during peak seasons from Genova during summer.From Santa Margherita there are trips everyday ,but not as frequent as bus !you may check details at the official website.When I traveled during mid April, train and bus was the best,fast and cheap (around 15 Euro per person for the transportation of the whole day)way to go there.Some cruise excursions offer trips going to Portofino but only a hour at Portofino and quite expensive!(around 60 Euro per person)
Written May 7, 2019
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Dax57
Atlanta, GA394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Couples
We have visited Portofino twice. Once by cruise ship and once by self-tour. Our second visit, a self-tour, allowed us much more time to explore the harbor, the hilltop church, the shops, and the castle overlooking the harbor.

Both visits were in May (2005 & 2012) and offered excellent sun filled days with mild climate. We used Sestre Levante as our central home base to visit both Portofino and the Cinque Terre villages. To get to Portofino, the train stops at Santa Margherita and then we took the local bus, which has a stop right in front of the train station (see photo). The bus ride costs 1 euro and stops at Santa Margherita's central seaside promenade before continuing on to Portofino. This is the best, quickest and least expensive way to get to Portofino. You can also take a scenic ferry boat. Stay away from the private taxi boats, which are expensive and and much slower.

Once you arrive (by bus), take the time to walk back from the town along the road behind the waterfront buildings, which the bus takes to enter the town. Just a few blocks back you'll get some of the best views of the mouth of the harbor and some of the scenic and tranquil coves (see photos) with magnificent houses perched on the rock cliffs. One in particular is said to be owned by Berlesconi.

Be sure and visit the Castle perched on the opposite side of the harbor for the most magnificent views of the entire harbor. Also, a short walk up to the hillside church of St. George is worth the effort to view the bronze sculptured church doors, as well as the sea views from the cliffs.
Written December 17, 2012
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Keith_Feth
Ampthill, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Amazing place and probably nicer than the famous Cinque Terre. Beautiful costal village with excellent views and gardens. Visit the lighthouse is a must with more amazing views. Lots of restaurants to visit, a bit on the pricy side but expected given the views. We took a boar trip from Santa Margherita Ligure which leave every hour. Highly recommend visiting.
Written July 13, 2019
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
We love fish, yet have never warmed to a local speciality called mosciame, a dried fish meat over which extra-virgin oil is drizzled, served in thin slices and accompanies a fillet of tuna.
There is no better drama then sailing into Portofino after viewing majestic Mount Portofino as it projects superbly into the sea from Rapallo. At the foot of the mountain there are a few settlements that enjoy its splendid beauty: Santa Margherita, Paraggi and Portofino.

We took a boat ride to the outer hamlet which is undoubtedly paradise where nature is at its poetic best. But lets return to land which exudes postcard images familiar throughout the world with the piazza that eases down to the water's edge, framed by multi coloured houses, behind which stands San Martino church and the 16th century Castello di San Giorgio. Further back are dotted villas inhabited, we are told by celebs from Europe and across the Atlantic.

Once you take a gander at the fairly isolated Hotel Splendid, with its Belle Epoque atmosphere, its easy to see whyHollywood's best and worst come here. There is an overflow of eating opportunities in Portofino with elegant cafes, restaurants and exclusive shops that will strip your platinum credit card of any numeric content. In the water, lux yachts bob and send out envy pulses towards the extravegant hill-side piles, over looking the piazza.

My femme and i love the nautical, so we engaged a former sea captain, to take us on his boat to a jewel box of a place, called San Fruituoso, a solitary bay where a beautiful Benedictine abbey and cloister are worth climbing up to. The abbey has an age of AD 711, with a medieval watchtower. Beneath it is the fishermen's retreat, consisting of three houses, an inn, a couple of cafes and eateries one of which did sardines so well that i offered mine host's wife marriage on the spot. My femme heartily agreed to the trade, as she hates the smell of sardines.
The beautiful silence is absolute considering the cacophony in Portofino, making this place a gem worthy of spending the afternoon or the whole day here. Bring swimmers with you as the water is divine. In fact, we always carry ours with us everywhere to capture every opportunity.
Written March 28, 2015
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TeamJoAdam
Adelaide, Australia1,005 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We came here as a must-see recommendation from family. The ferry from Cinque terre area doesn't start until July and so our only option was to take a train to sistre Levante, change trains to Santa Margherita and then take the 82 bus to Portofino, arriving about 1.5-2 hours after we left Cinque terre. The train is 8 Euro per person per direction and the bus tickets can be found at the cafe at the Santa Margherita train station and is 3 Euro for two people one way.
After arriving in Portofino, the town is structured similarly to other towns in the Cinque terre region but every restaurant and cafe charges at least double the price for food and drinks. The water had rubbish in it and you are not allowed to swim regardless as there are jellyfish around.
We walked up to Castello Brown and had a nice view over Portofino and then walking back to the town realised we had seen everything we wanted to see within 2 hours of being there. Don't get us wrong it's a nice town, but all of the Cinque terre area and Portovenere is also like this but with far more affordable food, drink and retail.
Written May 5, 2019
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