Now a museum, Portofino's sixteenth-century defensive castle
occupies a strategic position on a promontory that overlooks the
town and bay, offering outstanding views. The castle is surrounded
by beautiful Mediterranean flower gardens, whilst inside exhibits
include a gallery of photographs of the many Hollywood stars and
other notable people who have stayed in Portofino.
Church of San Giorgio
Built in the Romanesque architectural style in 1154, the simple
but beautiful Church of San Giorgio, dedicated to the patron saint
of Portofino, is reached via steps and a winding lane from the
harbour. The church is notable for its mosaic-tiled pathway, bronze
doors and for its small cemetery, richly planted with orchids,
cyclamen and other flowers.
Although a popular holiday resort Portofino does not possess a
beach of its own, but visitors wishing to relax in the sun and top
up their tans need only head a few minutes along the coast to the
romantic and secluded Paraggi Beach, reputedly one of the finest
beaches in Italy.
Parco di Portofino
The very best way to appreciate the diverse natural beauty,
flora and fauna of Portofino and its surrounding countryside is to
follow any of the numerous and well-defined hiking trails of
Portofino's National Park.