Known also as "The Pearl of Tigullio Bay", Santa Margherita Ligure gives onto an enchanted landscape that thaws even the coldest heart with its beauty.
This town at the foot of Mt. Portofino is famous all over the world thanks to the unparalleled and unique sights it offers to any visitor.
Its peculiar location indeed makes any summer sunset an unforgettable experience, as the sky looks like it's set on fire.
The proximity to Portofino, easily reachable on an evocative walk along the esplanade that takes you through the cozy little town of Paraggi, is by far not the only reason why generations of tourists have fallen in love with Santa Margherita. There are many notable beaches on either side of the town, recently awarded with a Blue Flag; Santa Margherita is also where to spend an eventful night, with many restaurants and clubs ready to delight visitors with delicious food, colorful drinks, and music.
Santa Margherita is also a place to meet and breathe the local culture: Santa Margherita is the 4th most populous harbor in Italy when it comes to fishermen; there are also many churches and palaces of great historical value, decorated with unique frescos and typical Ligurian colors. Chief among these are Villa Durazzo, a sprawling estate surrounded by a vast park where many international events are held and the XVI century castle on the giving onto the sea.
If Santa Margherita and Portofino are just two stops for you and you wish to visit and discover the many sights nearby, the lovely town of Camogli is just one train stop away; you can also easily reach San Fruttuoso by ferry boat and spend a day on the beach there, while taking a chance to visit the Christ of the Abyss and the impressive Abbey.
By train you can also easily reach the majestic Genova and visit the many attractions and historical sites there, renowned the world over, such as the Aquarium of Genova, the Museum of Natural History, the Homes of Cristoforo Colombo and Nicolò Paganini, as well as Palazzo Ducale and the many exhibitions there; through the narrow alleys ("vicoli") weaving in and out of the Old Town, you'll get to visit a great many buildings and locations of great historical value that take the imagination back to the times of the Maritime Republics.
Moving westwards, you might visit the gorgeous Sestri Levante, where you can find one of the most charming beaches in Europe, "Baia del Silenzio" (Silence Bay). From there, you cannot miss the chance to visit 5 Terre and their colorful landscape that seems to challenge the breadth and depth of a painting by Kandinskij: here's the florid green of burgeoning nature, there a rainbow of blues playing across the crystal-clear waters, and above it all the flaring reds and vivid oranges of breath-taking sunsets. Board the ferry boat in Monterosso and then travel to Vernazza and Corniglia, stop for a cocktail in Manarola and then sit back and watch the sunset in Riomaggiore.