Santa Margherita Ligure
Located in the Gulf of Tigullio just over 20 minutes from Genoa, it offers a first-class tourist port, yacht club, sailing and diving school, minigolf, park with magical games for kids, night clubs and discos; an 18-hole golf course and riding school is only 4 km away. Santa Margherita Ligure is nestled in an enchanting inlet of the Gulf of Tigullio protected from winds, the only access road to the stunning promontory of Portofino. Many people visit it during winter due to its very mild climate and from May to October it is very popular with sun lovers, attracted by its beautiful beaches and small coves among the rocks, by its many exclusive and refined hotels of all classes, restaurants, pizzerias, elegant boutiques and the most amazing shopping experience at the characteristic Friday market.
Portofino is an ancient fishing village that can be reached by bus or car in about fifteen minutes from Santa Margherita Ligure via a magnificent coastal road, considered today as one of the most beautiful in the world. The village is built around a natural harbour which retains its typical ancient characteristics. Portofino is a seaside village where nature and the high life come together: in fact, is it a favourite destination for celebrities who mingle with tourists in the beautiful and exclusive piazzetta. Visitors can take a tour of the small harbour to look at the most luxurious boats, visit the Church of San Giorgio, the museum in the Brown Castle and the sailors’ lighthouse at Punta del Capo. Portofino is not only a place for the rich and famous, but it is the centre of the Protected Natural Park, with its walking trails, old mill, Mediterranean scrub, and deep seabeds.