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Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino

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Address: Viale Elia Rainusso 1, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
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The Promontory of Portofino, the most northern protected coastal area of...

The Promontory of Portofino, the most northern protected coastal area of the western Mediterranean, shows scenery and landscapes amongst the most famous in the world. Formed by giant conglomerate deposits overlying limestone banks, mainly of marl, it has geomorphologic and microclimatic characteristics which provide, in a limited territory, an extremely varied environment. Within short distances, we can find the cool forests of the northern mountainside and nearby the sunny cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean world, from the civilization of chestnut to the olive one, from the peasant traditions to the sea and the fishing traditional industry. The Park of Portofino has been a protected area since 1935 and it hosts one of the largest concentrations of flora of the Mediterranean, a large variety of birds and invertebrates as well as important historical and architectural treasures such as the abbeys of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte and San Gerolamo della Cervara. A network of over 80 km of trails allows walking and hiking excursions of various lengths and difficulty, with the opportunity to enjoy the peculiarities of the whole area in the best way possible.

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Parco Naturale Portofino

A very nice park in Portofino right when you get off the ferry. A great view of Portofino harbor. Do climb if you get a chance.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very nice park in Portofino right when you get off the ferry. A great view of Portofino harbor. Do climb if you get a chance.

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Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

an experience of a life time my family and I loved every second of it very classy and chic area it is very expensive but you can still have a gelato for 10 or so euros and enjoy a walk highly recommended

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing Portofino for the first time brought a tear to my eye, absolutely beautiful place, I didn't care as much for the rip off restaurants around the harbour though!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even with the bad weather, the view is still spectacular! It's worth walking uphill for a better panoramic view. Going towards the direction of the port, there is a small route going uphill next to a Gelateria on the right. Climb it a bit and you'll get the view as per below pictures.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is not good for handicaps.....there is a mini bus which tours the park but is the kind of place you need to explore. It is on the top of the hill dominating the villages and very beautiful with the vineyards and fruit trees.

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Abtwil, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

We did several walks in the area and they are well indicated with suggestions where to have a rest and where to see something particular. Really recommanded to walk to Portofino in-stead of driving.

1 Thank Cantonadi
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

We walked the footpath to Portofino from Santa Margherita. You have to follow the coast road until you can access the park. It's actually a heavily wooded area with paths running through it. Very well maintained and marked. It is up and down hills and uneven steps but if you like hiking you'll love it Lots of trees, and even... More 

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Reviewed 3 December 2016

After spending 10 days cruising Mediterranean we spend extra day in Portofino ,what a lovely place to enjoy visiting ,having lunch and bottle of wine and walk around harbour and beautiful gardens . Excellent restaurant and wine bar in the harbour, good food and wine.

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Reviewed 16 November 2016

Portofino is quite a small city with a lovely marina. Very nice to walk along the water and have lunch or dinner. Good for a day trip. Not sure if I would stay there as not a lot to do. Good if you want to relax. Markets set up by the water and you can get the ferry out to... More 

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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Took a train to SML and from there took a bus to Portofino. You can also walk as it is a lovely walk by the coast. It was drizzling that day so I decided to hop into a bus. SML is more like a marina bay with boats and yachts parked at the bay which is a lovely sight while... More 

Thank Joni H

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