Liguria is a coastal region of northwestern Italy that extends along the Mediterranean coast from Tuscany to the border with France. Reach Portofino by car taking the A12 motorway (Genoa — La Spezia) and, after exiting at Rapallo, follow the signs for Santa Margherita — Portofino. Arriving by airplane is a good alternative, because Genoa airport is just 20 miles away.
Portofino is much more than a beautiful seaside resort. You can experience its magical atmosphere wandering around the town on foot, discovering the port with its yachts, restaurants and many luxurious stores, surrounded by lovely pastel-colored houses.
Among the monuments of interest, in Portofino, there are the Oratory of Santa Maria Assunta — a splendid example of Gothic architecture —, the Church of San Martino and the Church of San Giorgio, reachable by a pleasant walk leading to the promontory, which offers other splendid monuments: the Brown Castle, which dates back to the 16th century and once served as a military fortress; and then the lighthouse of Punta di Capo, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
Crossing the paths of Monte di Portofino (Portofino Mount), or by boat, you will reach the abbey of San Fruttuoso — a place of peace and silence, one thousand years old and in splendid contrast with the beach under there — while if you want to spend at least half a day at the beach, the most beautiful spot is located a mile from the center, walking towards Recco. Here, in the Paraggi district, there is a bay: it is the only one in the area that has a real beach, which is why it is called "Portofino Beach", much loved by VIPs.
You can also take advantage of the trekking routes that start from Portofino. The Regional Natural Park of Portofino — which also includes the municipalities of Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure — offers the possibility of walking along 60 miles of wonderful trails.
If you like kayaking, tours start from the beach of Nasca to discover rare natural wonders, such as the Gulf of Paraggi or the small beach of Olivet.
Obviously, you cannot help but go shopping before you leave Portofino. And don't forget to dine by candlelight on the seashore, enjoying a delicious dish of fresh fish.