Portofino is an enchanting fishing village hidden in a cove in the shelter of the promontory that bears its name, site of a national park. Although its port has always been important, thanks to its bay protected from the winds, the village itself has revolutionised its staus over the last few decades, going from being a humble fishing village to one of the most exclusive resorts in the whole Mediterranean.

This whole stretch of coast around Portofino is undoubtedly one of the most attractive in Liguria for tourism and the towns and villages around it have good hospitality facilities. Camogli, for example, a seaside town set in Paradiso bay, has become one of the most famous resorts on the Riviera over the years. Isola, the cliff at the end of a picturesque walk along the seafront, is a reminder of the first settlement here.

Camogli’s harbour is one of the most picturesque in Liguria and in the summer becomes crowded with people who flock to see some of the traditional events held here. On the last Saturday in July the San Fruttuoso area is transformed into the backdrop for the night procession of Christ of the Depths, which wends its way down to the beach, where a group of divers take an offering of flowers down to the statue of Christ set 15 m underwater.

The first Sunday in August sees the celebration of the Stella Maris Festival, which ends in a long procession of boats sailing out to the Punta Chiappa promontory to be blessed under the votive stele of Stella Maris, protector of fishermen.

Another must is the Fish Festival, held on the second Sunday of May, when a record two tons of fish are fried in an enormous 4 metre-wide frying pan and distributed free all day to visitors. Santa Margherita Ligure, a lively resort in the Tigullio area, also deserves a visit, with its noisy harbour and pretty little beaches just outside the town centre, some of the very few in Liguria which are still accessible free of charge. Some have catering facilities.

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