Sailing along the glorious Italian Riviera coastline, it’s easy to miss Portofino, the perfect fishing village tucked away in a beautiful tree-sheltered bay just south of Genoa. However its pastel-coloured houses, overlooking the harbour lined with super-yachts, is a gem waiting to be discovered.
Chic boutiques and fabulous seafood restaurants fringe the small, cobbled Portofino Piazzetta.[ReadMoreMob] A path leads from the square to the imposing Castello Brown, a 16th century fortress that towers over a gorgeous hanging garden. Its museum has art exhibitions and offers panoramic views of the Ligurian Sea. The 12th century Church of San Giorgio – Portofino’s patron saint, and the lighthouse on Punta del Capo both merit a visit, and also offer unspoilt views of the bay.
Arriving at Portofino via the warm, aquamarine waters surrounding the peninsula is an unforgettable experience in itself. Little wonder so many artists, celebrities and members of the ‘jet-set’ dock their expensive yachts here every summer. A drink by Portofino's harbour or a stroll around its designer shops provides a rich slice of the good life.
As Portofino is a famous fishing village, a trip here would not be complete without seeing the fishermen in action. Walk along the harbour, see the beautiful fishing boats and watch the fishermen bring in the day’s catch, using their unique fishing techniques. And of course, you’ll want to try the seafood once it’s cooked too.
Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino
This park has one of the highest concentrations of plant life in the Mediterranean. Created in 1935, the park offers beatiful natural scenes.
Cruises to Portofino
Departs: Dover • Sun 26 Apr 2020
22 nights • Boudicca • D2010
- An intoxicating blend of spectacular natural beauty, remarkable history and authentic cultural experiences is sure to sweet you off your feet on this unparalleled Italian exploration.
- Visit Naples and Civitavecchia, gateway to iconic sites such as Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, the Colosseum; and have a chance to take in the Tuscan treasures of Pisa or Florence on tour from Livorno.
- In among time ashore in sun-drizzled Sorrento and Amalfi, you’ll witness the Amalfi Coast’s spectacular scenery first-hand; while Portofino and Genoa showcase the delights of the Italian Riviera.
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