Its inhabitants claim it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And, after having been there, tourists think so too. Portovenere is more than a wonderful village in Liguria. It is a unique place, the gateway to the Cinque Terre, where the balance between man, sea, rock, Mediterranean scrub borders on perfection.
The Gothic church on the promontory that seems to arise from the stone, the “Christian temple” mentioned by Montale, with its three-light windows that set the breathtaking panorama of the cliff up to the Ferale rock; the natural bay on which the Byron cave opens, a destination for daring summer dives for the bravest kids; the alleys that smell of pesto, hot focaccia and wild capers that grow between the ravines of the dry stone walls. The multicolored houses overlooking the marina. The Doria Castle which dominates the town and the sea, symbol of the ancient vestiges of the Maritime Republic of Genoa. And the Palmaria island within reach, with its pebble beaches and the pristine sea, with the hiking trails and the ancient fortifications, the islets of Tino and Tinetto separated from the mother island by the stretch of sea in front of the portoro quarries. Beauty, environment, history, culture, high added value tourist services that coexist in harmony. A destination suitable for young people, families and couples.
For those looking for the thrill of travel and discovery; but also relaxation and dolce vita with an aperitif in front of the sea at sunset and gourmet fish cuisine in the excellent restaurants of the marina, which often host personalities from the international jet set. A UNESCO heritage site protected by the Portovenere Park Authority which also has a path network, which originates from the town, characterized by breathtaking panoramic points and which crosses a territory that has maintained its naturalness and villages rich in history and traditions.
Another strong point is the Muzzerone Rock Gym, one of the most loved and frequented places by thousands of climbers from all over Europe. Portovenere has a wide range of hospitality offers, for all tastes and budgets: hostels, holiday homes, family hotels and luxury hotels. The best way to get to Portovenere is by sea with our Cinque Terre Ferries line, enjoying a suggestive and relaxing crossing in the Gulf of Poets from La Spezia. The town can still be reached by car (limited parking possibilities) and by public transport, with frequent runs to and from La Spezia.