Discover this gem on the Ligurian Riviera on our Portofino shore excursion! Time stands still in Portofino, a dreamlike coastal village surrounded by hills studded with holm oaks and Aleppo pines, where the colourful facades of the houses facing the sea turn the bay into a work of art.
“Portus Delphini”, the town’s ancient name, is perhaps due to the large amount of dophins in the Tigullio Gulf at those times, or maybe it refers to the great maritime tradition of this beautiful seaside resort, whose inhabitants were compared to dolphins by the Greeks and the Romans for their ability to navigate.
Portofino is a charming small town: the best way to explore it is by strolling through its narrow streets, where you can find exclusive boutiques, souvenir shops and small craft workshops. The pretty harbour square, with its many café and restaurant terraces is the ideal place to relax while sipping a cold drink and watching the yachts in the marina.
If you are into hiking, you will be happy to hear that Portofino is part of the Parco Regionale di Portofino, a Mediterranean Protected Area. The best way to appreciate the beauty of the park is to have a stroll along its most characteristic and fascinating paths. Through the dense trail network that covers over 60 km, you can explore the richness and variety of natural environments, landscapes and monuments of the promontory.
Portofino’s cape, which extends towards the sea for about 4 km, is characterized by a series of high and steep cliffs, which are home to a rich variety of marine flora and fauna in the depths of the sea.
Once you make your way back to the village, you arrive at the Castello di Brown, also known as the fortress of San Giorgio, which overlooks the sea and offers a spectacular view of the Tigullio Gulf. Our Portofino shore excursion will lead you to the place with the best panoramic view of the city: the churchyard of the Chiesa di San Giorgio, a 12th century building that hosts relics brought by Crusaders on their way back from the Holy Land. Not far from there, Punta del Capo or Punta Portofino and its romantic Faro (lighthouse) offer a breath taking view on the open sea.
For art lovers, the Museo Del Parco is a must: the open-air museum in the garden behind the Marina di Portofino displays contemporary art sculptures by world-famous artists such as Beuys, Pomodoro, Fontana, Hirsch, Vautier and many more.
Last but not least, Portofino’s excellent seafood cuisine will surely tickle your taste buds and so will the typical recipe of the area: the "lasagna di Portofino", a delicious dish with a pesto-based sauce. Before dinner, everyone is in the "Piazzetta" for an aperitivo with focaccia Genovese and "Giancu de Purtufin", a blend of local grapes, limited to local production only.
Join us on our Portofino shore excursion, indulge in the charms of this work of art on the Ligurian Riviera!