Portofino, a very small and incredibly beautiful village, it’s so called the Italian Riviera’s celebrity village.
Also considered one of the eight wonders of the world, it became famous in the 60’s, when the rich and famous characters of the ‘Dolce Vita’, actors, pop-stars and aristocrats started frequently visiting it for its exclusive parties and breathtaking views.
There are no free parking areas around the harbor so you need to pay for an underground parking, or use a taxi (which is around 100 Euros for 3-4 km). When you get to the harbor you will notice that it’s actually quite small and very cozy. It’s surrounded by lovely cafes, restaurants and some small boutique shops. We didn’t had a meal there as we were full already from the crazy lunch we had in Santa Marguerita de Ligure, however a bottle of prosecco was always a good idea. I’m not even going to touch the subject ‘price’ as it was totally affordable (Same as Mykonos, London or Cannes).
The Riviera offers a completely different Italian experience. We had two very peaceful days, closer to the beautiful nature of Italy, amazing views and the delicious seafood as well. You can enjoy some beach time if you want to, or go for a walk in the very green park of Portofino and end the day with a glass of Prosecco in your hand as the sun sets. Anything goes as long as you are there to enjoy yourself. Just make sure you do not go in pick season as you might find it too crowded. Me and the girls decided for October.
We went to Portofino first time, during the two days we were in the Italian Riviera, as is it’s just a 5-10 minute drive from Santa Margherita Ligure, where we decided to book our accommodation.
Few words about the accommodation:
Welcome to the MIRAMARE, Santa Margherita Ligure, a charming four star GRAND HOTEL where life is in color everyday. A white art-nouveau building. A pearl set between the blue of the sea and the green of the park. This is the pure and simple picture of a place that colors every moment spent in the heart of the Italian Riviera.
The Miramare has 78 rooms, deluxe suites and classic suites, some with balconies overlooking the Golfo del Tigullio or the Mediterranean park. Pale pastel tones prevail: azure, green and pink. Recently restored stucco work and wooden flooring recreate the splendor of the original interiors. An art-nouveau atmosphere enhanced by the comforts of a more contemporary lifestyle.
The 2 valuable things that I loved about it? Reception staff, in fact all the staff have been incredibly friendly and professional and I was amazed to discover that they have the cleanest and whitest bedding’s and towels. Probably the best 4 starred hotel that I’ve been into. Oh, and not to forget: pet friendly too!
My personal feeling? There was a good vibe being there. Calming
streets, happy people, spectacular place with a romantic mixture between South African vineyards views and the beautiful South of France. I wouldn’t have words to explain it just yet. All I know is there will be a next time!