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Portofino is known for being walkable and trendy with many neighbourhood options for restaurants, bars, and cafés. Part of the neighbourhood's charm is its friendly people. Many visitors come to bask in its beautiful outdoor settings, namely the sea and beaches. Portofino has hotels to suit everyone's tastes, and makes a great home base for exploring the sights in and around Santa Margherita Ligure.
The historic sites and castle offer insight into the area's history, while the museums add a sense of refinement. Attractions like Luxoro Museum, Raccolte Frugone, and Museum of Modern Art - Wolfson highlight the local culture. Learn about the local history at Abbey of Cervara, Castello Brown, and Villa Durazzo. Church of St. Martin, San Fruttuoso Abbey, and Santa Margherita Ligure Castle are some of the notable landmarks. Create some family memories at Aquarium of Genoa and Parco Avventura Val di Vara.
Shopping and boating are a couple of popular activities in the area. Dip your toes in the water and soak up the sun at Paraggi Beach, Portofino Beach, and Camogli Beach. Local parks like Regional Natural Park of Portofino, Punta Chiappa, and D'Aveto National Park are peaceful spots. If you have some more time, pay a visit to Portofino Marina, Marina di Santa Margherita, or Marina di Rapallo.
A few of the most popular sights in the area include Luigi Ferraris Stadium, Medieval Gates, and Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art. Circolo Golf e Tennis Rapallo, Basilica of Sts. Gervasius and Protasius, and Porta delle Saline are also favourite places to visit.
If you want to explore what's across the water, take a ferry from the port.
Portofino is 30.3 km (18.8 miles) from the airport in Genoa (GOA-Cristoforo Colombo). You can also fly in and out of Pisa (PSA-Galileo Galilei), which is located 117.4 km (73 miles) away.