Introducing Portofino

Few resorts combine complete luxury with rural coastal charm like Portofino. Weave your way from your exclusive hotel past pastel-painted townhouses and designer boutiques to the traditional harbour. Saunter along the waterfront and take a seat in a gourmet restaurant. Then, as the sun goes down, sip a chilled glass of Pigato white wine and watch the lights twinkle on the water.

Things to do

Walk up from Portofino village to the headland to discover Castello Brown – a former Roman fortress transformed into a gothic revival mansion in the 19th century. This unique castle hosts art exhibitions and also has glorious views across the peninsula from the gardens. Or you could book a private boat tour over to San Fruttuoso Abbey – a remarkable Benedictine abbey that’s the atmospheric setting for open-air classical music concerts.

Portofino itself may be edged by a fishing harbour and marina lined with luxury yachts, but the surrounding peninsula boasts many fine beaches. Nearby Paraggi beach is a haven of golden sands and turquoise water, perfect for swimming or just basking in the sun. Further along the coast, rocky coves hide tranquil sand and pebble shores.

Portofino boasts many chic restaurants where you can enjoy an evening of fine dining. Feast on regional specialities including handmade pasta with seafood – octopus and swordfish are particularly popular. Or sit out on the terrace of a waterside bar and sip regional wines such as the renowned Rossesse di Dolceaqua red.

Top Tip from SLH

Walk the gentle slopes of Monte di Portofino. Take in the scent of wild thyme and – when you reach the summit – sweeping views across the surrounding headlands.