Holidays to Portofino allow you to sample a slice of the glamorous Italian Riviera in northwest Italy
. This fishing village has made a big impression on its long string of celebrity guests, including Grace Kelly and Liz Taylor who could often be found sipping cocktails at the iconic Hotel Splendido
. The charm of Portofino exudes from its layers of palazzi running up the surrounding hills, all brightly painted in shades of sun blush pink, orange and yellow, and its seafront setting overlooking the Ligurian Sea.
A revolving door of super yachts moor in the harbour, while the town’s cobbled streets lined with flower clad buildings and boutiques fill the spaces between top notch trattorias. There’s an ever present scent of seafood being grilled on the charcoals as well as the sound of wine being poured as you walk along the promenade. Its timeless, elegant air attracts couples and adventurers seeking a heady mix of relaxation and sightseeing, and whose days are filled with strolls, boat trips and beach hopping, punctuated by al fresco lunches at seaside taverns.
Explore Portofino like no other
At Citalia we’ll help you create a unique holiday, using 90 years of experience to take you away from the beaten track to an authentic holiday all of your own.
We point you in the direction to off the radar locations such as the sunset spot at Capo Nord, a rocky peninsula and restaurant where you can watch the sun dip behind the horizon right beside the sea.
If you’ve packed your hiking shoes, walking along the coastal route from the nearby village of Camogli is a treat and will help you escape the crowds of day trippers. You’ll encounter mostly locals here, having family lunches and cooling off in the sea. And once you’ve taken it all in, walk along the route, which skirts past coves, olive groves and pine clad hills to reach the Abbey of San Fruttuoso.
To see the Italian Riviera in all its splendour, you can also arrange a visit to Cervara Abbey, whose ornate Italian gardens overlooking the sea are a sight to behold. For more insight into the local gardens, make your way to the terraced gardens which rise out of Portofino where you can taste local produce, meet the farmers and take away celebrated family recipes.