Few resorts combine complete luxury with rural coastal charm like Portofino. Weave your way from your exclusive hotel past pastel-painted townhouses and designer boutiques to the traditional harbour. Saunter along the waterfront and take a seat in a gourmet restaurant. Then, as the sun goes down, sip a chilled glass of Pigato white wine and watch the lights twinkle on the water.
An exclusive retreat wrapped around a pretty fishing harbour on the secluded Riviera di Levante.
Things to do
Walk up from Portofino village to the headland to discover Castello Brown – a former Roman fortress transformed into a gothic revival mansion in the 19th century. This unique castle hosts art exhibitions and also has glorious views across the peninsula from the gardens. Or you could book a private boat tour over to San Fruttuoso Abbey – a remarkable Benedictine abbey that’s the atmospheric setting for open-air classical music concerts.
Portofino itself may be edged by a fishing harbour and marina lined with luxury yachts, but the surrounding peninsula boasts many fine beaches. Nearby Paraggi beach is a haven of golden sands and turquoise water, perfect for swimming or just basking in the sun. Further along the coast, rocky coves hide tranquil sand and pebble shores.
FOOD & DRINK
Portofino boasts many chic restaurants where you can enjoy an evening of fine dining. Feast on regional specialities including handmade pasta with seafood – octopus and swordfish are particularly popular. Or sit out on the terrace of a waterside bar and sip regional wines such as the renowned Rossesse di Dolceaqua red.
Walk the gentle slopes of Monte di Portofino. Take in the scent of wild thyme and – when you reach the summit – sweeping views across the surrounding headlands.
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