Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure are two finely exquisite travel destinations. Portofino is much smaller and limited in shopping and other activities whereas Santa Margherita Ligure has beaches, swimming areas and a very well stocked town to wander through. We stayed at a Best Western in Santa Margherita Ligure and took a water taxi to Portofino which in the ride itself was well worth the views. Our rooftop pool at the hotel gave us a wonderful view of the city and waterway as well as our room did from the balcony. Ask for the upgrade to a waterview as it is well worth it while relaxing in your room.
As you disembark from the water taxi you will enter a very tourist rich environment. Take some time and visit the back streets for better prices, more intimate interacton with the locals and some small but excellent restaurants. Walk up to the top using the sidewalks but come down through the dirt trails on the other side where the first image was taken from. Explore the entire town and see a beautiful church at the top on the east side of town as well as the view of the coastline from the top on the west side. Take your time, enjoy the
views, the food, and the culture.