Italian Riviera Portofino
Its all about Yatches, boats, cruise, and celebs.
Primavera or the Spring opened its debut in the early April. And with the schools closed for long holidays, it’s going to be crowded everywhere. But, that should not be stopping us from roaming around, right?
So, here I go for the next journey to a place in the Italian Riviera, in the south, called Portofino. After my visit to Camogli during the last summer, this area is in my to-keep-doing list 🙂
Ya, the color of water keeps inviting. The bone-chilling cold kept us away for all these winters and now spring marking its attendance, we thought we should invite her wholeheartedly.
Portofino is in the south of Italy around Genova, in the Ligure region.
How to reach
Portofino can be easily reached by road or train. From Milan its just over 2 Hrs of train travel. The nearest station to alight the train is Santa Margherita Ligure – Portofino.
Do not miss to read the Ultimate Guide to Train travels in Italy to know all about train travels in Italy.
The cost is around 15euro for an adult. In case you are driving, the best recommendation would be to park your car here and board a cruise to Portofino. Especially, if you are around here on weekends in the summers.
It’s not just because of the parking issues you are going to face in the small town of Portofino. But, it’s also due to the hard fact that you will miss the beautiful and picturestic journey and a view from the cruise.
From Santa Margherita Ligure, just opposite the station, there are stairs that take you to the beach. And you walk a few meters to the harbour to board the cruise to Portofino. It costs around 10euro for a return trip. You can also cycle or walk from here if you love walking along the beach.
The other option is to take a bus (number 82) that takes you straight to the Portofino through the Pareggi beach.
Santa Margherita Ligure
After taking the customary photo shoots in Santa Margherita, we took the ferry around 11 am, and just within 5 minutes, we noticed the Dolphins. Yes, we were extremely lucky to spot these 4 Dolphins. When we were cruising, all of a sudden heard a huge noise and all the people pointing to a location on the sea. When I looked in the direction pointed, I was both surprised and speechless at what I saw.
It was 2 pair of Dolphins jumping and competing with our cruise. Since we did not have any expectation and ended up seeing this, we were extremely satisfied with this bonus on this trip 🙂
In all those excitement, I missed taking my camera to shot those. But on a positive note, I thought I did the right thing. Better to enjoy those Dolphins with the naked eye – best camera ever made on earth – than looking at those pictures later.
And on the way to Portofino, you will also notice the Pareggi beach. The moment you cross this beach, you will be invited to colorful houses & Yachts of Portofino.
Its roughly about 20 minutes of the cruise. And it goes like just a wink of eyes.
Once you land here, it’s just that. I mean, you can spend the whole day eating in the seaside restaurant watching the beautiful yachts. Or take a short hiking to the Castle Brown. Or a longer hike to the Pareggi beach. Or even a longer hike to go to San Fruttuso.
Titbit: San Fruttuso is the place where you will find the Christ of the Abyss, a statue deep inside the sea. If you are fond of diving, this is a great place to make a visit.
Pastel colors of Liguria
We decided to do all but the trek to San Fruttuso. It was a bit challenging walk up to the Castle brown. Not because it is difficult, but because of the lack of steps. It’s just rocks & soil. In case you are with your kids, its time and place to be extra careful.
On the way up and down, you will have excellent views of the sea. Do not miss this.
Peek a boo
Wish one day I will be in one of that Yacht relaxing on my vacation. Oh Lord Krishna, are you listening?
Once back, we had the lunch and headed to Pareggi beach to spend some time at the beach. Portofino, do not have a beach by itself. It’s more like a parking lot for those cruises and yachts.
You can reach Pareggi beach either hiking through the mountains or walk through the roads. Be careful when you walk through the roads. Of course there are plenty of people walking along with you, but still, remember this is a 2-way narrow road.
But the views are amazing, and you have all the opportunity to phase your walk with numerous pictures along the coast.
I promise you will get in numerous opportunities to say cheese to the flashing camera.
As you see here, the recommended path for the connection is to use the hiking path on the mountains. But since it was a mix of steep ups and downs, most people take this road for walking.
Once back to the Portofino, with a heavy heart we said a bye to the place. Of course, we promised ourselves that we should be back again, sooner.
The evenings was a bit cold over here, and after spending some time in the beaches of Santa Margherita we headed back to our home sweet home.
Time to say goodbye.
Plan your trip, especially if you are looking to take the trains. You should be able to get good deals.