Portofino on the Italian Riviera started out as a charming fishing village on the rugged Ligurian coast in northern Italy. It is also referred to as the St Tropez of the Italian Riviera. Its popularity has grown over the years and it is now a famous port of call for luxury charter yachts and superyachts to visit each summer. It is now well and truly established upon the list of must visit ports during your Italian Riviera yacht charter.
The town itself is tiny, with cobble stoned streets and pretty brightly painted buildings constructed into the hillside, with the hills surrounding the town consisting of ancient olive groves. The town is filled with boutiques, tiny cafes and gelatarias (ice cream shops). Take time to climb to the top of the hill where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views looking down over the harbour and out to sea.
The cafes and restaurants surrounding the port are the places to visit and watch the superyachts maneuvering into position amongst the local fishing boats.
The Portofino Natural Park offers beautiful views from its promontory with relaxing pathways for walks. There is a famous walk along the coastal route that links Portofino to Cinque Terre, with stunning views of the sea. The shoreline around Portofino offers impressive and dramatic rocky cliffs.
Diving is also possible in this location with the park protecting its corals and wrecks in the neighbouring vicinity.
This laid back and relaxing port has a wonderful atmosphere. With friendly and helpful locals, who want to make your visit to their town extra special. The Italian cuisine focusing on seafood is outstanding, so are the Italian wines.
A cruise along the beautiful Italian Riviera would not be complete without visiting the stunning town of Portofino.