Portofino is one of the most famous Italian Riviera seaside villages, but let’s immediately say that there is no beach at Portofino itself.
Anyway, this charming fishing village has a stunning harbor not to be missed.
If you are looking for the best beaches and seaside near Portofino, here are my suggestions.
Just a few minutes from Portofino, you’ll find the tiny Paraggi beach. Paraggi is an enchanting little bay with an emerald color sea and an astonishing landscape.
This is a perfect place for those searching for relax, sunny days, beautiful sea. Here is well preserved the red coral.
Paraggi stretch of sand is mostly known for its romantic atmosphere and it is ideal for couples, more than families.
Between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, there’s the beautiful narrow beach of Niasca which is surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. It’s a little, secluded beach, perfect for a morning swim as it is east-facing.
Paraggi and Niasca beaches are also the jumping off point for diving trips and kayak excursions.
Not to be missed while in Portofino is a trip to the stunning San Fruttuoso di Camogli bay. This is one of my favorite places in this part of Liguria.
This unique place can be reached just by foot through hiking paths or by boat. Here the crystalline water has a beautiful emerald color.
The Abbey and the Saracen Tower overlooking the bay give it a magic atmosphere.
Then, a few miles out Portofino harbor you can reach the beach of Camogli. If you don’t mind pebbles, this colored fishing village has a long seaside with clean water.
Anyway, I’d suggest to avoid this place, as most of the other Italian beach resorts, in July and August. These are the peak season months in Italy.
Finally, a little bit farther from Portofino (about 30 minutes) you can easily reach by train Sestri Levante bays.
The Bay of Silence has a wonderful quiet romantic beach (out of high season) where you can find the typical boats called “gozzi”, resting on the shore after a fishing night.