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Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino

Viale Elia Rainusso 1, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
+39 0185 289479
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The Promontory of Portofino, the most northern protected coastal area of the western Mediterranean, shows scenery and landscapes amongst the most famous in the world. Formed by giant conglomerate deposits overlying limestone banks, mainly of marl, it has geomorphologic and microclimatic characteristics which provide, in a limited territory, an extremely varied environment. Within short distances, we can find the cool forests of the northern mountainside and nearby the sunny cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean world, from the civilization of chestnut to the olive one, from the peasant traditions to the sea and the fishing traditional industry. The Park of Portofino has been a protected area since 1935 and it hosts one of the largest concentrations of flora of the Mediterranean, a large variety of birds and invertebrates as well as important historical and architectural treasures such as the abbeys of San Fruttuoso di Capodimonte and San Gerolamo della Cervara. A network of over 80 km of trails allows walking and hiking excursions of various lengths and difficulty, with the opportunity to enjoy the peculiarities of the whole area in the best way possible.
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Viale Elia Rainusso 1, 16038, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
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"san fruttuoso"
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"beautiful place to visit"
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"initial climb"
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"lovely little place"
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"takes about an hour"
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"great hike"
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"santa margharita"
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"cinque terre"
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"take photos"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Hike from San Frutuoso to Portofino. The first third is uphill and fails steep so be prepared. Pause for the various scenic overlooks to appreciate the Ligurian coastline. Next third slightly uphill and downhill before petering off into a paved pathway that passes through some...More

Thank aniruhil
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful set of trails. Very scenic. Rough on parts. Not for the faint hearted. About seven or 8 hours to go from Camogli to Santa Margherita

1  Thank Mitch A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The day before we did the Vernazza to Monterosso walk so it was a great comparison to the walk we did from Santa Margharita to San Fruttuoso. The cinque terra walk is a tourist zoo, not a well maintained path, is filled with electric wires...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

This is a relatively easy 5km walk without excessive inclines and steps encountered in the much longer and harder Cinque Terre Walk. (which we also enjoy some years ago) Starting at the incredibly picturesque Portofino Harbour from the back of the Piazza next to the...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

After reading a useful review we chose to walk from San Fruttuoso to Santa Margherita Ligure where we were staying. We started by getting the ferry out. We turned up 5 mins before and got straight on. It stops at Portifino (15 mins) where you...More

Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

we went walking from Sta Margherita to Portofino. Is a 5km walk dont miss it!!!! Stop at Paraggi for a drink.

1  Thank Marila V
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

We hiked from Portofino and follow the nice marked trail up to the Parco di Portofino. Nice narrow trails well maintananced and marked, gave us a excellent hiking exoerience. Lots of stunning points of views, just breathtaking. This was worth the effort of hiking up...More

Thank Geir H
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Just back from a weekend where we stayed in Santa Margherita (cheaper and more on offer) and walked to Portofino which took around an hour. Beautiful seascapes and a very easy path, along the edge of the coast and then up through the Parco Naturale...More

Thank HeavenCrawley
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

We walked from Ruta di Camoli to Portofino via Pietre Stretta and Olmi.The first 20 minutes are straight up steps to Portofino Vetta. The track then flattens out as far as Pietre Stretta. A long but easy walk down to Portofino then follows. There is...More

Thank Robert T
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We took the ferry to Portofino with our guide and my husband and I returned on our 'free day' hiking 3 miles each way from Santa Margherita. It's a beautiful spot with nice outdoor cafes, shops, a church and classic old buildings. The views to...More

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david s
9 August 2016|
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Response from ParcoPortofino | Property representative |
From Portofino you can find the trailheads on the right side of the Parish Church of Divo Martino, on the opposite side of the road, and in the part of the village called "Fondaco", at the very end of the road, walking... More
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