Liguria: Rural Villages & Ancient Ports
From the rich maritime heritage of Genoa, to the iconic harbour at Portofino and the traditional villages of the Cinque Terre, Liguria has a huge amount to offer as a yacht charter destination beyond its infamous beaches. Sheltered by the mountains carpeted with olives and vineyards, this stretch of coastline known as the Italian Riviera has as much natural beauty as its French contender, but offers a less frenetic pace of life. To get a sense of the region, explore the Cinque Terre. The five enchanting coastal villages are beautifully preserved and protected as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
Spend a romantic afternoon in Portofino, the harbour of 65 colours. This little port between the cobalt sea and the emerald mountains is enduringly popular with sailors and ranks among the most expensive in the world for a berth or a bite to eat. Take time to drop anchor at Riviera di Lavante, east of Genoa, where you can purchase seafood from the boats coming to and from a string of tiny fishing villages The atmospheric old quarter of Genoa will delight those looking for a culture fix, but the party is at the redeveloped waterfront area – always buzzing with activity.
Visit colourful San Remo, the Grande Dame of the Riviera with its myriad flower glasshouses
Hike the Monte di Portofino for dramatic views of the coastline
Wander the streets of medieval towns Albenga and Noli