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Things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

Our most recommended things to do in Santa Margherita Ligure

From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

1. From Milan: Genova & Portofino Full-Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Milan on a full-day sightseeing tour of 3 gems of the Ligurian Coast. Departing by bus from central Milan, drive south to the capital of Liguria and the largest seaport in Italy at Genova (Genoa). Nicknamed “La Superba” ("Superb One"), due to its impressive landmarks, part of the old town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006. Explore streets rich in art, gastronomy and architecture. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, its role in maritime history is beyond compare. Once one of the "Maritime Republics,” along with Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi, the ornate buildings and monuments reveal a rich story of trade and shipbuilding. Next, relax at the pearl of the Ligurian Sea at Portofino, a small village that dates back to the Roman period. Its glittering harbor and colorful waterfront houses have made it a much sought-after destination among celebrities, while its Roman name of Portus Delphini (Port of the Dolphin) reflects the large number of dolphins that inhabited the Tigullian Gulf. End your tour at Santa Margherita Ligure, where the maritime scenery and turquoise sea blends beautifully with the green of the Ligurian hills, colorful fishing boats bob in the harbor, and picturesque fishermen’s houses transport you back to a less hurried time.

From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

2. From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

Join us on this tour dedicated to the discovery of Genoa, its coast and the enchanting resort of Portofino. This experience will make you admire the beauties of Liguria, discovering a coast full of unique and breathtaking views, the tour will start from Genoa reaching Portofino along the Riviera di Levante, crossing typical places such as Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo. Our one-storey panoramic open-top bus will take you in an hour from Genoa to Portofino, the onboard staff will be happy to provide information about the coast and curiosities of Liguria. Once in Portofino you will have free time to discover this renowned Ligurian resort. Prepare your camera and come and discover with us the Italian Riviera!

From Recco: Camogli to Portofino Park E-Bike Tour with Lunch

3. From Recco: Camogli to Portofino Park E-Bike Tour with Lunch

Ride along scenic roads offering views of the ocean on a guided e-bike trip from the town of Camogli to the world-famous Portofino. Discover incredible panoramic viewpoints of the gulf from the hills and explore picturesque villages with colorful homes, with a stop for lunch. Start your journey in Recco and head over to the neighboring Camogli, one of the most beautiful villages of the riviera. Walk through its characteristic narrow alleyways, then visit the beautiful Baroque church and the charming Castel Dragone for a cultural experience. Ride up along the road that links Camogli with the surrounding hills. From the churchyard, you'll admire striking views of the gulf below. Enter Portofino Park and keep riding uphill before stopping for a well-deserved lunch in a typical restaurant. After lunch, ride through small paths carved in the rocks, completely surrounded by nature, to fully immerse yourself in the Ligurian landscape. At the end of the path, reach the elegant resort of Portofino, where you'll climb up to the Church of St George. On the way back, follow the coastal road to Santa Margherita Ligure to visit the town. Depending on your schedule and energy by the end of the tour, you can opt to head back to Recco by train, or ride back into town.

Portofino: Guided Mountain Hike with Ice Cream

4. Portofino: Guided Mountain Hike with Ice Cream

Head out to Portofino National Park for a day on the trails on this hiking tour. Take in spectacular coastal views, swim in the sea, and snack on some organic ice cream. Depart from Santa Margherita Ligure train station and cross the national park into the heart of the mountains. Once there, hike through valleys dotted with ancient water mills and reach the top, 610 meters above sea level. Continue along the coast to and stop at some viewing spots along the way. Enjoy panoramic views of the Ligurian coast. Then, go down towards the village of San Rocco, passing by the tiny hamlet of Mortola. This out-of-the-way place can only be reached on foot or by motorcycle. From there a stairway will take you to down the enchanting ancient seaside town of Camogli. Take an invigorating swim in the sea and try some organic ice cream.

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What people are saying about Santa Margherita Ligure

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 74 reviews

It’s excellent trip. Well organized with best memories. I suggest that they have a contact number to the leader of group in the event of emergency or to creat a group on WhatsApp temporarily made to communicate if one was lost for meeting points for example. Thanks.

Wonderful!! Superb day.. The ideal would be to stick to the schedules of arrivals and departures of the cruises to take full advantage of it. Competent guide and fast open-top bus driver well suited!

It was a wonderful excursion. Our guide Madame Najma and our driver Monsieur Marco are very kind and helpful. I highly recommend.

Nice trip to Genoa and Portofino. Enough free time for visit and swimming in Santa Margherita, Portofino

It was very well organized, and the timing in each place is great