Best Outdoor Activities in Portofino and Surroundings

There’s something about the landscape of Portofino that invites you to get outside and explore!

From the lush Mediterranean vegetation to the colorful fishing villages, from the ancient dry-stone walls to the amazing cliffs overlooking the sea – it’s no wonder that this part of the Italian Riviera is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. 

Let’s discover the best outdoor activities for you to experience when visiting Portofino and surroundings. 


Open water is a highway to adventure, best travelled by a canoe or kayak” says a quote that is popular among paddle lovers.

Imagine yourself on a kayak on the intense blue sea, rowing along the mesmerizing coast of the Portofino Marine Park.

Kayaking in Portofino

The views here alternate majestic cliffs, greenery and colorful villages.

Your companion in adventure is an expert instructor who knows all the characteristics of this protected environment and will take you to hidden corners that can’t be reached in any other way!

Kayaking is an easy activity, perfect even for families.

To enrich this journey in the great outdoors, you can add a short bike ride between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, and a foodie experience.

Curious to know more? Check out Portofino Pedal, Paddle and Pesto.


The Portofino Natural Park has been protecting the extraordinary beauty of this territory since 1935.

It features 80 km (almost 50 miles) of hiking trails and sites of historical and cultural interest, such as the Abbey of San Fruttuoso.

A private hiking tour between Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure is the best way to explore the wonders of the park.

You get to admire the lush local flora, and to reach some of the most beautiful, panoramic sea views.

Hiking in Portofino

The hiking trails between Sestri Levante and Punta Manara offer another fantastic option halfway between Portofino and Cinque Terre.

It’s ideal for those who want to explore a corner of Liguria not touched by mass tourism yet.

Want to add a tasty twist to the trip? After the hike, join a cooking class to learn how to make pesto with mortar and pestle!


E-bikes are the perfect way to cover more ground at a relaxing pace and without too much effort despite some rough trails.

You can meet your private tour guide either in Camogli or Santa Margherita Ligure, and discover the Portofino Natural Park on two wheels.

Biking in Portofino

Make sure to pedal up the mountain slopes until you reach the breath-taking Ruta Viewpoint overlooking the Paradise Gulf.

The Portofino by E-Mountain Bike experience is great for all nature lovers who want to travel deeper in the wild side of the Italian Riviera!


An unmatched sense of freedom: this is what sailing is about for those who have experienced it.

Sailing allows you to have your own private paradise on deck, on a remote beach or out at sea.

Picture yourself basking in the warm sun on board while enjoying the cool sea breeze of Liguria.

Sailing Italian Riviera Portofino

To explore the Portofino Gulf by sailboat in a unique way, hop on Captain Michael’s boat in Lavagna: you will sail along the coast down to Portofino, stopping here and there to swim or to snorkel.

A delicious lunch on board with local wine is also part of this memorable experience! 

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