liguria part 3 : santa margherita and portofino

I had wanted to go to go see Portofino for many many years so I woke up really early the morning we went there, full of hopes and expectations…

To get to Portofino, we took the train to Santa Margherita, it felt like beeing in a Fellini movie, the whole city looks like a decor from a 50’s and I instantly fell in love with it.

After a short walk from the station, we took the boat to Portofino (together with about half a million tourists)…

Beach cabins in Sta Margherita

The first thing we saw upon arrival were million dollar yachts, tourists and luxury boutiques so I was a little disapointed but I had a strategy to avoid the crowd (all going straight to the center) so instead, we walked up the hill instead. We took the stairs and climbed up toward the lighthouse (which is tiny and you can’t really see it from the path) but the view from the there was really beautiful.

Harbour of Portofino

After an hour or so, we were ready to brave the crowd and get a little something to eat…

Focaccia alle melanzane

I wanted to stay a little longer but there were so many tourists that one couln’t even walk normally on the streets so we decided to go back to Santa Margherita and spend some time there instead. The boat trip only takes 15 minutes (and we got to see Giorgio Armani’s yachts just leaving the bay)…  As soon as we reached ground we headed toward a restaurant to have lunch (the foccacia wasn’t enough after all the stair climbing!).

So we had some clams, seafood pasta and local sweets and after another walk around, we headed back to Framura.