Portofino is a claasic and charming town in Liguria. Book your holiday and live beside Paris Hilton.
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Portofino is a small, beautiful town in Liguria with a cozy little fishing charter, restaurants, and cafes along the harbor promenade. Portofino is located approximately 35 kilometers east of the region’s capital Genoa.
Portofino is located in Liguria
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The journey from Stazione Brignole in Genova to the nearest train station, Santa Margherita Ligure, is approximately 45 minutes. From there you can get on a bus that takes your directly to Portofino in 10-15 minutes.
Alternatively, you can choose to take the beautiful coastal walk by the wonderful Mediterranean Sea.
There is only one way from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino is along the provincial road SP227 (Strada Provinciale 227), and it’s 5 kilometers walk so it requires a pair of sturdy shoes.
A friend from Genova told us that it only takes 15-20 minutes to reach Portofino from Santa Maria Ligure on foot.
We did not expect that it would take us more than an hour to reach Portofino on foot as a friend from Genova told us that it would only take 15-20 minutes to get there. This is not possible unless you are in really good shape, but we did not know at that time and since the weather was beautiful we decided to not take the bus but walk.
About halfway, according to a map sign that we passed by, we were only a few hairpin turns from Portofino. Not far from the map sign we met a healthy older man, whom we had already met once on our way, and he told us that we “only” had to walk a few more kilometers.
It’s a tough walk and in the blazing sun, even in early spring, it requires a good physique and indeed a lot of water. Keep that in mind if you decide to walk from Santa Maria Ligure to Portofino!
Not far from your destination, you will find a path going up through the forest and away from the coast. It’s hard to judge whether you will gain time by taking the path, but we decided to do so, and even if it was uphill most of the time, we reached Portofino faster (maybe) than we would have if we had continued the road along the seaside.
The town is exactly as beautiful as it appears in photos and in paintings as well.
You have probably heard about Portofino and about how expensive it is due to its usual vacationers that are richer than “normal” people like you and me.
To give you an example, you can easily pay 16,00 EUR for a Spaghetti alla Carbonara in Portofino, while it only costs 8,00-9,00 EUR in Genova. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality is better. It’s actually not. The tourists in Portofino are just willing to pay those extra euros.
Besides dining at the restaurants and experiencing the town’s cozy atmosphere, you can visit Castello Brown located on a hilltop above the town. Up here you get a magnificent view over the town and the Mediterranean Sea. Find the castle’s opening hours here.
Whether you walk to Portofino or take the bus, this town MUST be visited. It’s an excellent destination for a one-day trip from Genoa.
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