Here you can find both remote mountain villages and fashionable seaside towns, and the possibilities of exploring nature and following hiking trails are numerous. Come and see how the Italian Riviera is easily equal to the French equivalent.
However, Liguria is much more than families and long beaches: here you can enjoy close contact with exotic flora and fauna in the natural park Monte Portofino, where you'll encounter olive groves on hillsides, picturesque fishing villages, magnificent panoramic views, inviting hiking trails and all in close proximity to the sea.
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Natural Park Monte Portofino: 416 metres above sea level and is a spectacular peninsula along the colourful and dramatic Ligurian coastline. Here you can find both remote mountain villages and fashionable seaside towns, and the possibilities of exploring nature and following hiking trails are numerous.
- Camogli - San Rocco (moderate - duration approx. ½ hours): Try the breathtaking hiking trail from Camogli to San Rocco (stairs) and from there out to the giant rock of Punta Chiappa. From the charming little mountain community of San Rocco with the distinctive copper dome in the town church, you'll get panoramic views of the Riviera all the way to Genoa.
- Santa Margherita Ligure - San Fruttuoso (severity high - duration approx. 4-5 hours): for the experienced we highly recommend the walk from Santa Margherita Ligure (start at Via Costa Secca at city hospital) to San Fruttuoso, located on the other side of the mountain. Fortunately, in the summer there is the opportunity to sail back, and thus discover the area from the sea, while recovering from the walk there! San Fruttuoso, which offers an adventurous lagoon with azure water, a Christ statue 15 metres below sea level and an interesting monastery from 10th to 13th century which can only be reached on foot or by water.
Towns: Towns around Portofino Mountain are greatly influenced by cheerful colours, cosy waterfronts and glimpses of the Italian jet set.
Santa Margherita Ligure: Ideal place for romantic couples who want to stroll along the water among the town's many palm trees and good restaurants. Visit Villa Durazzos picturesque garden in the heart of Santa Margherita brought by Ligurian traditions. The villa has access to a fascinating museum and additionally offers a garden, an adorable café and magnificent views of the Mediterranean. Villa Durazzo, which dates back to 1560, exudes style and history.
Camogli is a photographer's dream and the special atmosphere by the water is emphasized by the pastel-coloured old houses, which together contribute to a distinctive architectural appearance. The pebble beach at Camogli offers good swimming possibilities.
Portofino's high society: It still remains a small idyllic fishing village, despite the large yachts with helicopter landing pads, expensive designer shops and it being the home to one of Berlusconi's many summer residences. Do not miss the view on both sides up at the church square and the walk out to the lighthouse at the end of the peninsula.
Local Transportation: Monte Portofino can be arrived at in several ways: take the train to either Camogli or Santa Margherita Ligure. You can take the bus from Santa Margherita to Portofino (located at the end of a cul de sac and is best visited without a car). You can even take a boat between Genoa, Camogli, San Fruttuoso, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, Chiavari and Le Cinque Terre (from May to October): http://www.traghettiportofino.it/eng/linee.html
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