Portovenere is a quaint seaside town in the south of Liguria. Its waterside row of brightly coloured houses has helped to earn it UNESCO World Heritage status, but the town also boasts an impressive hilly backdrop and a petite patch of golden sandy beach.
Take a boat ride out to sea and you’ll see why Portovenere was named after Venus, the goddess of beauty. The town’s tangle of historic streets winds across the hillside in postcard-perfect fashion, crowned on top by the Castle of Portovenere. Dating from the 12th century, this ancient fortress offers some of the most breathtaking views in the region from its hilltop perch.
Portovenere is one of the smallest seaside towns along the Ligurian coast and so offers up just a handful of restaurants to choose from. The beautiful villages of the Cinque Terre are within reach, so you will have plenty to see and do if you fancy getting out and about. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can hike along the coast to Riomaggiore, the southernmost Cinque Terre village. It’ll take you a good few hours, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views – and most likely an ice-cold drink once you arrive in Riomaggiore.
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