Guide to Rapallo
If you plan to visit the Liguria in Italy, there are plenty of location to stay. So, why did I prefer Rapallo here? Well, Rapallo is a nice town up in the hill that has an excellent view of the sea. You can have
While there are several beaches around this region, my recommendation is to visit the beaches in Camogli. The crystal blue water with its mesmerizing turquoise color is something I do not want to miss every time I pass through Liguria. So, I want to share it with you in this guide.
This would be a perfect guide if you are planning to head to beaches this summer.
Where to stay in Rapallo
Any guide is incomplete if it has no recommendations about the places to stay. Right? So, here you go.
When I was searching for accommodation, I was initially looking at hotels in the city center. But then I realized that my travel dates were in summer vacation days, which would be a busy period and all places, especially near the beaches, would be crowded. So, I decided to stay a bit away from the regular tourist crowds.
That is when I came across this apartment in Portofino Est residence. I should say, I made the right choice and was pleasantly surprised with the way the vacation went on for us.
The accommodation is located on a nice hill, has a nice view of the sea, especially if you are driving. Has many parking lots, and few apartments have the parking right in front. We were lucky and got one in front of our apartment.
One more good reason to pick this place is that it has big parking places. The only difficulty, no challenge, is to drive on this hilly cliffs to reach here. But, that is what makes this place a unique one – the view from this height is just astonishing.
Are you reaching here on public transport? Do not worry. The residence operates a free shuttle running all days at regular intervals from the Station and city center to the residence.
To be frank, we were pleasantly surprised to find the courtesy shuttle to Rapallo and also the free access to the pools!
The Portofino Est residence is located on the heights of San Michele di Pagana with spectacular views of the Gulf of Tigullio. Train station, restaurants, supermarket, Santa Margherita town and all are just 5 minutes drive from this place.
The apartment is fully furnished, with 2 levels. The kitchen is also fully equipped with all utensils and ready for full-fledged cooking, in case you plan to. I have stayed in hotels ranging from US-French-Italian chains to budget Bed and Breakfast to the fancy hotels next to the beach. I should say that this apartment is definitely on par with those hotels.
The apartment does have Full-HD television, but how often you use those when you are on vacation? Had two bathrooms with full-size bathtub. Again, when you have two fantastic pool to chill out under the sun, who is interested in this tub, right? True.
As I mentioned before, the residence has a nice service of free-shuttle to the Rapallo and San Michale towns. This will prove very helpful especially if you are on public transport or the one who complains about driving on those hilly and windy roads. So, you just park your car and do not touch for the next set of days you stay in here. Good deal?
There is nothing that pisses us of when arriving at the stay only to find some issue or other in the rooms. Luckily, it was all well maintained including the toiletries like the towel and other items. Peace of mind!
If you decide to relax at the residence, you have two Swimming pools to get yourself spoiled. Venture out. One of the pool has a bar. Need I say anything else? We spent one full day relaxing by the pool and just chilling out here.
Rapallo is a great place to stay, believe me. Earlier I use to stay around the city-center since I am a late night bird and love to wander around the streets inside the city at evenings. But, thanks to the free shuttle that runs till late at night, I had no issues to continue doing what I love to do.
What to do in Rapallo
Rapallo is a perfect point if you want to cover the beautiful beaches in Camogli or the picture perfect Portofino or the Zoagli. While you can have fun right in Rapallo, walking or taking those toy train to have a glimpse of the town.
Walk through the shopping street. While you do have numerous yachts parked here, you can find more luxury yachts when you visit the nearby Portofino.
Visit Santa Margherita Liguria & Portofino
I have covered both Santa Margherita and Portofino extensively here. Do not miss to read or have fun in Portofino.
Visit the Camogli
Although the Liguria region is famous for those pastel color houses, Camogli takes the cake. Camogli is the fishing town. There are also numerous trails with spectacular views like the one from Camogli to SanFruttuoso or to Portofino.
For those of you who love deep-sea-diving will enjoy seeing the celebrated Christ of the Abyss, a work by Guido Galletti (1954), standing at the bottom of San Fruttuoso Bay.
You can also rent out the boats and have private time right in the middle of the sea. Such rentals should cost upward to 100 euro per hour. But if you are looking for fun or a party, this is a perfect option, do not miss.
Do you want to see people frying tons of fishes all at the same time in a single frying pan? No, I am not joking. This is a custom festival called “Sagra del Pesce” celebrated every May 13th in Camogli. The main attraction is the frying pan made of stainless steel that weighs about 28 tons with a diameter of 4meters. During this festival, there would be literally 1000s of visitors to this place.
Still not convinced to visit? Here you go, the final nail. Unlimited quantity of fish is distributed free to all participants. Any takers now?
Well if you cannot make it to this festival do not worry. Make sure you enjoy the Focaccia col Formaggio in the seaside promenade.
How to get to Rapallo
Fly to Genova: You can reach Rapallo through Cristoforo Colombo Airport in Genoa. Or you can also fly through Milan or Rome.
By Train: Rapallo has its own train station and it is serviced by the high-speed trains. If you are flying through Milan or Rome, then take a the Frecciabianca, high-speed trains to Rapallo.
By Car: From A12 motorway, take the exit in Rapallo and continue on the SS1 Aurelia.
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