Portofino is an immensely beautiful place on the coast of the Italian Riviera. This is a small fishing village with population of five hundred people, which due to its location and natural beauty turned into an elite resort on the Ligurian Sea. People come here to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is ideal for those, who prefer secluded, romantic and relaxing recreation.
Portofino was the favorite place for holidays of Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Aristotle Onassis, Winston Churchill, etc. Today Portofino is a favorite holiday destination among celebrities. Here can be met Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, George Clooney and other world stars.
Portofino can be called a paradise, hidden in a quiet sea bay in the Tigullio gulf. Huge boulders of the Portofino cape, jutting out into the Mediterranean expanse, are covered with palms, olive trees and cypresses, where on hilly lands are located villas and cozy colorful houses nestled at the foot of the headland, as well as luxury yachts moored at the berth.
If you decide to go on vacation in Portofino, you will need to think about accommodation. On our portal ru.ligurien-netz.de you can see all options for hotels in Portofino and book accommodation online.
Portofino Marine Reserve. Diving and fishing. Is it legal?
Portofino along with Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure are parts of the Portofino natural park and are a protected Mediterranean marine park. Coastal marine waters of the reserve hide from us unique flora and fauna, which are particularly interesting for divers. Here you can watch the dolphins. The territory of the reserve is divided into three zones: A, B and C. Each of these zones has certain limitations. Zone A is fully closed. In the zone B are allowed diving tours organized by diving centers and private diving under control of authorized officials. Here are also allowed free-diving (scuba diving with breath-hold) and free swimming. Sport fishing is available only for local residents. Diving in zone C does not require a license and is free. Swimming and fishing are allowed for all guests. It is mandatory to observe existing environmental restrictions. Portofino cape coastal areas are located in zones B and C.
The territory of the town is a part of the Portofino regional protected natural park of untouched nature. Among the best entertainments here is walking on hilly terrain of the cape along specially equipped tracks, where you can enjoy clean air, diverse flora and incredible scenery and come to peace with your mind.
Attractions in Portofino
There are few historical attractions in Portofino. At the top of the Punta del Capo cliff is located a lighthouse. Near the lighthouse can be met the church of San Giorgio (XII century), the patron saint of the town, and the Brown castle, which was formerly known as the Castle of San Giorgio (XVII century). All these buildings stand high on a cliff top, so there are fantastically beautiful panoramic views over the village, the church of San Martino, located in the old part of Portofino, and picturesque Ligurian coast. These places are perfect for professional and amateur photographers.
Motor transport is prohibited in Portofino. There are special small parkings, but they are too expensive and in high season are usually fully occupied. Therefore, it is better to reach Portofino by sea from Rapallo, Camogli and Santa Margherita Ligure.
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