We were a family of 6 adults with a 10 month old baby so it was always going to be a bit of a risk spending 2 nights on the Madyson in the hope of sailing the Cinque Terre on Corrado's lovely sailing boat. Unfortunately the weather didn't co operate so we didn't get our sail in, but nevertheless we had a great time onboard. The 4 cabins were comfy and we set up the cot under the kitchen table. As the Mirabello Porto marina has modern toilet and shower block for guests it made that part of staying on a boat so much easier. And the Marina had shops and cafe / restaurants so you could walk around the shops and enjoy a coffee even in the rain. The town of La Spezia was also only a short walk and we had dinner there each night. Corrado and Claudia, his wife, turned up each morning around 9 am with a beautiful breakfast spread they set up on the deck. This was lovely. They cleaned up and also left us nibbles, water and a welcome bottle of prosecco and were generally very helpful and generous. We were able to leave our (big) car safely parked In the marina near the boat and left most of our luggage there so it was all very convenient and easy. Except for the bad weather which was no one's fault it was a fabulous stay. Had we been able to sail as planned I think it would have been the highlight of our amazing holiday. Next time!
We stayed on this lovely sailboat and walked to the train station for our trips into Cinque Terre. The marina is very nice with beautiful views of the mountains. The boat is very close to nice showers and walking distance to restaurants. Corrado and his wife were great hosts and he met us at the marina entrance to show the way to the boat. The sailboat was well taken care of and comfortable. We also had the most amazing lunch when we went out for a half day sailing to see the coastline from the water. .A multiple course lunch included fresh pasta (GF for me) with mussels from a local fisherman that came from the water minutes earlier and fabulous prawns. Staying here was one of the highlights of our trip.
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