Located in a regional park by a beautiful bay, Portofino is one of the most beautiful harbors in the Mediterranean. It is surrounded by green hills and the colorful houses make the town very picturesque and extremely photogenic.
The town was founded by the Romans and was once called Portus Delphini. The name referred to the many dolphins who lived in the area.
The center of Portofino is car-free and is situated at the end of a dead-end small and narrow coastal road from Santa Margherita Ligure, the neighboring town. A couple of trails that lead into the hills start from the harbor. From the top, you have a breathtaking view of the rugged cliffs and sparkling azure waters.
Today, Portofino is an exclusive seaside resort that attracts celebrities and tourists from all over the world. Many writers and painters found their inspiration in Portofino. The exclusive character goes hand in hand with exclusive prices ...
Portofino is absolutely worth a visit. The town is not big and there are not too many landmarks. It is located near a bay and cliff. No traffic is allowed in the center.
If you want to visit Portofino from the harbor or the nearby Santa Margherita Ligure, count on a few hours to half a day. If you come from Savona or Genoa, count on a whole day.
Popular ports for an excursion to Portofino are: