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Hike the verdant mountains of local National Parks, explore winding hillside streets lined with charming Italian abodes and unique craft boutiques, and head out to sea on local fishing boats as you explore the rocky coastline of Portofino and its idyllic surrounds. Quiet and serene, Portofino oozes with charm. Enjoy the sea air on popular tourist beaches, sipping a glass of locally produced wine and dining on freshly grilled calamari, or trek around rocky outcrops to discover deserted stretches of sand, hidden from prying eyes.

Things to see

With its soft golden sands, broken by a rainbow of beach towels and billowing parasols, Portofino Beach is always crowded with sun seekers and tourists. Following the curving line of the bay, and overlooked by colorful townhouses and balconied hotels, it’s set against a remarkable backdrop of lush, tree-topped hills. It’s the perfect spot for tasting some of the region’s popular dishes, with seafood appearing regularly on menu boards of the tourist cafés along the promenade. At the ancient seaport of Camogli, the harbor is hard to miss. Surrounded on all sides by brightly painted, lofty townhouses, crystal white yachts with hefty price tags share berthing space with roughly-hewn wooden fishing craft and low-lying rowing boats. Camogli Beach is grey, a long stretch of coarse gravel and shingle that carves a stark line between the azure blue sea and the multi-colored houses. Pretty cafés with billowing awnings overlook the bobbing vessels in the marina below, and if you venture into its narrow side streets, meandering through the twisting lanes that lead to the quaint city center, you’ll discover traditional trattorias with charming interior design, fashionable boutiques with bold Italian flair, and tempting ice cream stalls enjoying the shade out of the sun.

Hotels in Portofino

In true Italian style, hotels in Portofino are charming affairs. With views over the ocean, and often from elevated mountain locations, there is a wonderful array of accommodation dotted through its streets. Relax in one of the fabulous luxury hotels in Portofino, where in-house spas tempt guests to sink into therapeutic bathing tubs or swim in rock-edged infinity pools. Sip freshly brewed espresso on paved terraces, or dine on hand-rolled pasta with a generous coating of locally produced olive oil. There aren’t too many discount hotels in this exclusive town, but if you’re able to travel you’ll find some great wallet-friendly choices on the edge of neighboring Lavagna.

Where to stay

Perched on the edge of Portofino National Park, this idyllic Italian town has a bird’s eye view over the glittering waters of the Ligurian Sea. At its core, a quaint cobbled market square overlooks the bay where strings of floating boats lie in carefully arranged lines, classic Italian architecture with ornate wrought iron balconies face away from the forest-covered hillsides, and pretty coffee shops sit alongside traditional pizzerias and luxury hotels in Portofino.

How to get to Portofino

Tucked away on the shores of the Ligurian Sea, Portofino is easy to reach from several international airports. Cuneo International Airport is the closest, an easy drive to reach this popular coastal town, but if you’re looking for a scenic route you could consider arriving in Pisa International Airport instead and following the winding coastal route northwards to reach your destination. There’s little call for a car while you’re in Portofino itself, and with only a handful of streets you won’t need wheels to get around.