TIGULLIO GULF AND SANTA MARGHERITA
Portofino promontory, separates Genova and Tigullio Gulfs, on which coasts lay world-wide renowned touristic centers and beaches.
The first village you meet here is Portofino, prestigious touristic center with its cozy harbor where you easily bump into celebrities from every corner of the globe.
Proceeding along the coast, set between the most turquoise sea and lavish gardens screening out luxury hotels
beautiful facades, we reach another splendid bay: Paraggi
Once in Punta Pedale, Santa Margherita Ligure is just a jump away: this is Levante Riviera most important touristic attraction, set in one of the most beautiful bays of Tigullio Gulf.
Haunted by visitors all year-round, this 9.000 inhabitants small town seems to shift into two personalities: an antique fisherman village, with its harbor crowded with fishing boats and small cruise ships, and a modern one, featuring luxury hotels and villas framed with parks and Mediterranean gardens.
NOT TO BE MISSED
If you are looking to spend a couple of hours in total silence and relaxation, this is an ideal walk inside the splendid complex dominating the town; it is made of two ancient villas submerged in the vegetation of the Renaissance Park. The luxurious trees of the Italian garden, the breathtaking view on the bay and the visit inside the Villas, will make it an unforgettable experience
PORTOFINO AND SAN FRUTTUOSO:
A scenic wooden boardwalk suspended over the cliff, links Santa Margherita with Paraggi. From here you may continue your stroll over-hills up to Portofino harbor, which is just 5 km away from Santa Margherita.
From Portofino you may proceed our journey by ferry boat to the renowned San Fruttuoso Bay, hosting since year 1000 AC the Benedictine Monastery and being over time a pirate cove first and a fisherman community after: a true oasis set in a unique scenery between woods of Portofino Mountain and the blue Ligurian sea. It is here, just a short distance from the shore, that the famous Christ of the Abysses dominates the under waters.
HIKING IN PORTOFINO NATURAL PARK:
Natural Park institution dates back to 1939, with the mission of preserving the typical Mediterranean scrub habitat, holding on to the steep and rocky hills. The idea was to protect this environment and make it accessible to everyone though a substantial net of paths for hikers and bikers. Following to the park project, although many years later, also the preservation of the pristine waters became a mission aiming to seclude coasts and villages of unmatchable beauty such as Santa Margherita, Camogli, San Fruttuoso and Portofino.
SUNSET IN CAMOGLI
Only 10 km and one train stop away from Santa Margherita, lays the picturesque fisherman village of Camogli, magnificently facing Paradise Gulf. Here is where you will admire the typical pastel colored houses, the fisherman harbor, the narrow stone-paved lanes called “carruggi”, the votive Sea altars, the handcraft boutiques and art studios, thus experience a peak of authenticity and enjoy the perfect scenery for a sunset Aperitivo or a Fritto misto at the sea front
SWIM IN PARAGGI
The water here is of a bright turquoise and reflects the intense green from the shadows of the trees on the overlooking cliffs. Pristine nature at your doorsteps
IF YOUR TRAVELLING WITH FIDO
Just a few hundred meters from the city center is the pet friendly “Bau bau beach” equipped with running water for our four-legged friends.
AND AT NIGHT…
And at night, for parties animals and not, surely Santa Margherita offers a wide array of bars, restaurants and clubs, some of which are hidden away in panoramic corners that will take your breath away
And for the shopaholic Santa reserves some jewels: famous fashion brands or handcraft studios will be able to satisfy also the most demanding tastes