Holidays to Portofino
Sitting on a peninsula in the Tigullio Gulf east of Genoa is the picturesque, half moon shaped seaside village of Portofino. Known as a resort of the rich and famous, Portofino is filled with expensive boutiques, restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels making it an ideal holiday destination. Beautiful pastel houses line the shores of the harbour whilst a landscape to rival sits inland.
Portofino Marina is a protected area but still boast a beautiful reef with numerous underwater cliffs and Posidonia beds making room for 20 dive sites which can be visited via a variety of dive agencies. The wreckages of the Mohawk Deer and Genova are highly recommended visiting.
Portofino Holidays have something to keep everyone busy
Sitting on top of a hill overlooking a village is the Castello Brown which cultural enthusiasts will enjoy visiting and why not venture into the Botanic Gardens en route to this historical castle.
Another great day out is a trip to the Abbazia di San Fruttusoso on the other side of the peninsula which can be reached by a 2 hour leisurely walk or by boat. This stunning fishing village is home to the ancient San Fruttuoso Abbey and the Doria tower which are extremely impressive. It is also where a massive bronze statue of Christ, Cristo degli Abissi, protector of sailors and divers sits.
Nature lovers will enjoy an excursion through the Portofino National Park with its network of paths heading towards the mountain or down the coast boasting breathtaking views of the peninsula. The more active will be kept satisfied with numerous hiking trails along the coast and inland which boast some spectacular view. In particular, the Portofino Regional Park has a variety of trees, wildflowers and grasslands will make a great backdrop for your hike.
Spend a day in Santa Margherita - one of the most important towns of the Levante Riviera - boasting a unique atmosphere and an elegant destination to explore. Snuggled around the port, the town shows off an unusual mix of nautical and Belle Epoque styles and offers its visitors a variety of sporting opportunities such as boat-hires and sailing clubs.
Have a look at other holidays to Liguria to see other resorts in this stunning area.
A holiday to Portofino: a fine dining experience
Based on traditional Mediterranean cooking, the Ligurian cuisine is renowned for several simple ingredients which, when combined create a delicious combination of flavours; mushrooms, pine nuts, walnuts and copious amounts of herbs.
All recipes found in this beautiful town include Ligurian olive oil with the most famous being a pesto sauce made of basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Salsa verde, with parsley and pine nuts, is also a favourite amongst the locals to accompany their meat dishes whilst pasta and ravioli is often found in a walnut sauce.
Other specialties which must be tried are the Ligurian Focaccias and pies, in particular a Farinata and Torta Pasqualina and don’t forget the highly recommended Tomaselle- a beef roulade and lamb stew.
Portofino Holidays tailored to your needs
A perfect seaside resort to relax, indulge and enjoy an abundance of activities Portofino is a great holiday destination and easyJet Holidays have a variety of deals available at your request. If you book your hotel and flight together with easyJet Holidays you will be able to reduce the overall cost yet still enjoy a holiday to Italy which is suited to your needs.