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The luxury resort town of Portofino in the Italian Riviera

Located in the Riviera di Levante

We dropped into Portofino as we were working our way back to Milano after traveling thru Northern Italy. We were coming from the South after our stay in Cinque Terre. A short train ride would take us to the city of Santa Margherita Ligure. From there, a 15 minute bus ride would take us down a very narrow road to the town of Portofino. This region of Liguria is also known as the Italian Riviera, or Ligurian Riviera. The Riviera is the narrow coastal strip that extends from the border with France to the Eastern end of the Gulf of La Spezia which is close to the border with Tuscany. Here is a link to the Portofino Google map.

Portofino used to be a fishing village but by 1950 tourism had replaced fishing as the main industry. These days the charm of this old fishing port and the beauty of its landscape, has made it a popular destination for tourists. The harbor is usually full of luxury yachts with their crews preparing them for the next sailing. The waterfront also has a continuous ring of restaurants and cafés. I would advice staying in Santa Margherita Ligure and taking the bus to Portofino. Portofino is beautiful but small and it can be seen in a day. Santa Margherita has more things to see. The fisherman in me loved the fish market along the waterfront in Santa Margherita. Even though I do not speak Italian, I was able to communicate with them when I asked them about some fish species. I think this is how all fishermen are. Our passion for the sea is clear and any language barriers are easy to overcome. Here are some images of Portofino Bay. I was surprised to still find working fishing boats in a harbor that is surrounded by luxurious yachts.

Portofino esta situado en la Riviera di Levante

Al final de nuestra vuelta por el Norte de Italia salimos de Cinque Terre y tomamos un tren rumbo al Norte con destino a Santa Margherita Ligure. Un bus de unos 15 minutos por un estrechísimo camino nos llevaría a Portofino. Esta región de Liguria se conoce como la Riviera Italiana o Riviera de Liguria. La Riviera Italiana es el estrecho costanero que se extiende al Noroeste de Italia desde la frontera con Francia hasta el Golfo de La Spezia en el Sureste casi al borde con la region de Toscana. Aquí tienen un enlace al Portofino Google map.

Portofino era una villa de pescadores pero ya para el 1950, el turismo era la principal actividad económica de la región. Hoy en día el viejo puerto y su bello paisaje han convertido esta bahía en un destino turístico. La bahía de Portofino esta llena de yates lujosos con sus tripulaciones preparándolos para nuevas aventuras. El paseo marítimo esta rodeado de restaurantes y cafés. Les recomiendo alojarse en Santa Margherita Ligure y tomar el bus a Portofino. Portofino es precioso pero chico y se puede ver todo en un día. Santa Margherita tiene mas cosas que ver. No dejen de pasar por el mercado de pescado en el paseo marítimo de Santa Margherita. Siempre me gusta hablar con otros pescadores. Aunque no parlo Italiano nos pudimos comunicar cuando les preguntaba sobre ciertas especies de peces. Creo que así somos todos los pescadores. Aquí tienen unas imágenes de Portofino. Me sorprendió ver lanchas pesqueras tradicionales en medio de tantos yates de lujo.

portofino harbor marina santa margherita ligure

The Bay looking East towards Santa Margherita Ligure.

portofino genoese boat

Traditional Genoese boat moored in the harbor.

portofino traditional boats harbor

Traditional boats in the harbor.

old mooring ring portofino harbor

Old mooring ring rusting away in the harbor.

portofino traditional fishing boat

A real working fishing boat surrounded by luxury yachts.