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Santa Margherita Ligure Tours

Santa Margherita Ligure
The resort town of Santa Margherita Ligure on the Italian Riviera is often outshined by its famous neighbor, Portofino, but deserves no less attention. The larger of the two, Santa Margherita Ligure feels less overrun with tourists while offering similarly quaint cafes and boutiques, pastel-painted buildings, and glorious views of the sea.
 
The Basics
A popular holiday destination among Italians, Santa Margherita Ligure is much less well-known among international travelers, making it an attractive alternative to other coastal towns in Liguria, like Cinque Terre and Camogli, which are often expensive and crowded.
 
You can easily explore the town's sights during a half-day walking tour and still have time to relax on the beach before sunset. Attractions include a 16th-century castle (Castello di Santa Margherita Ligure), the Chiesa di Santa Margherita d'Antiochia and adjacent Santuario di Nostra Signora della Rosa, the tiny Oratorio di Sant'Erasmo set directly on the water's edge, and Villa Durazzo, known for its 19th-century English-style botanical garden.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Santa Margherita Ligure has a number of beaches: The most popular are the Spiaggia Minaglia, the Spiaggia Regina Elena, and the Bau Bau beaches along the road to Portofino.
  • The town is relatively level and compact, though Villa Durazzo is set on a hilltop just outside the center, so some uphill walking is required.
  • With its mix of indoor and outdoor sights and beaches, Santa Maria Ligure is an ideal destination for families on a private tour.
 
How to Get There
Unlike Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure has a train station, making it easier to access from elsewhere in Italy. High-speed trains from Milan, Rome, Florence, and Venice connect through Genoa (Genova), just a 30-minute train ride away. From Portofino, you can take the bus or ferry.
 
When to Get There
Santa Margherita Ligure is a seaside town and so is best visited during the tourist season from April through September when shops and restaurants are open. Many businesses shutter for the winter.
 
Cervara Abbey (La Cervara)
Along the coastal road between Santa Maria Ligure and Portofino, the 14th-century Cervara Abbey—also known as the Complesso Monumentale La Cervara, Abbazia di San Girolamo, or San Girolamo al Monte di Portofino in Italian—is a beautiful complex including a church, cloister, and gardens. The abbey is located within the confines of the Portofino Regional Park (Parco Naturale Regionale di Portofino) near Paraggi Bay (Baia di Paraggi).
Address: Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Santa Margherita Ligure

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Portofino & Santa Margherita Private Day Trip from Genoa with Local Driver

Portofino & Santa Margherita Private Day Trip from Genoa with Local Driver

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Enjoy a day trip on the Ligurian Coastline, visiting the unique village of Portofino and the charming center of Santa Margherita Ligure. Or you will be staying at a hotel, you will be able to pick up a local driver. Explore the little harbor and the Piazzetta with its picturesque colored houses. The San George church, or the Castle Brown, which is the best view of the steep cliff that draws the coast. Stop for lunch and relax before driving with Santa Margherita Ligure: walk along the ancient fisherman's port, you can still see the old fisherman's houses, which exist with the luxury modern hotels. After some time to spend through the streets of "Santa", your driver will take you back to Genoa port or hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$438.13
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$438.13
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Shore Excursion: Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure Private Day Trip from Genoa

Shore Excursion: Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure Private Day Trip from Genoa

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On this private, full-day shore excursion for cruise passengers, you’ll discover two of northern Italy’s most picturesque coastal towns: Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. Enjoy panoramic views over the Ligurian coastline from Castello Brown, stroll through Portofino’s scenic central square, “La Piazzetta,” and grab a meal or a gelato in the colorful fishing port known to locals simply as “Santa.”
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  • 8 hours
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$381.43
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$381.43
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Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure Private Tour by Train from Genoa & Boat Ride

Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure Private Tour by Train from Genoa & Boat Ride

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If you are staying in Genoa or passing by with a cruise, you cannot miss the chance to visit Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure. You will visit these towns thanks to the help of a local that will guide you along this journey. Reach Santa Margherita Ligure by train and spend some leisure time in this amazing town overlooking the sea. Taste some freshly baked Focaccia, which is a typical flat bread of the Ligurian coast. Once you finish your tour of Santa Margherita Ligure, catch the ferry to the Portofino. While on the ferry don’t forget to look outside, enjoy the breeze and marvel at the spectacular views of Santa and Portofino from a unique point of view. As you arrive in Portofino you will have some time to stroll around the Piazzetta and go up to Brown’s Castle to marvel at the stunning view from land. This tour is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit two of the most exclusive towns of Italy in just one day!
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  • 7 hours
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$283.09
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$283.09
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Santa Margherita & Portofino Private Tour with Boat Ride from S. Margherita Port

Santa Margherita & Portofino Private Tour with Boat Ride from S. Margherita Port

Take the chance to do a beautiful trip in the most fascinating places of the Ligurian coast. If your cruise-ship docks to Santa Margherita Ligure or your hotel is located here, this tour would be perfect to you. With a local guide you take a ferry that lead you to Portofino and admire the unique landscape of the Ligurian coast by the sea, a spectacle of nature! Once arrived in Portofino, you have the chance to taste “the Focaccia”, a local baked flatbread and walk among the narrow streets, admiring the picturesque colorful houses and relax in the famous Portofino’s “Piazzetta”. It’s time to get the boat to return to Santa Margherita Ligure. When you arrive, explore the city and enjoy the panoramic spots and the view of the biggest beaches of the Ligurian coast. When the tour is over, the guide wave off to you while you come back on board of your cruise-ship. You will keep the memories of this experience for a long time.
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  • 6 hours
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$280.84
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Vacation Photographer in Santa Margherita Ligure

Vacation Photographer in Santa Margherita Ligure

Localgrapher is the largest network of professional photographers and videographers with more than 600 destinations around the globe! Book your private photographer and guide in Santa Margherita Ligure to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites! SOLO TRAVELERS Fancy an insta-perfect photoshoot from your Santa Margherita Ligure vacation? Localgrapher has years of experience with fashion and solo travel photography! Make your memories last a lifetime and share them on social media or display them in your home to receive an avalanche of compliments. COUPLES If you are about to propose to your loved one, honeymooning or just exploring what Santa Margherita Ligure has to offer, put the selfie stick aside and let Localgrapher’s superb photographers take care of the photos for you both. FAMILIES & GROUPS A family trip, wedding, bachelorette party or grand get-together? Forget missing someone from pictures, we’ll capture them all!
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  • 30 minutes
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Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Santa Margherita Ligure

Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer in Santa Margherita Ligure

Want to capture your amazing honeymoon? Family vacation while the kids are still little? Your perfect couples retreat from everyday busy life? A solo trip without asking strangers to take pictures of you? Stop searching, we got you here! We are the largest network of local vacation photographers in the world! Besides Santa Margherita Ligure, we operate in over 700 destinations worldwide! We always make sure that every special moment of each client is captured well. We believe in our service and quality of our photos so much that we even offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee for your photo shoot. Which means, if you don’t like the result of your photo shoot, you can contact us within 7 days and claim your money back! So what are you waiting for? Become one of our hundreds of happy customers by treating yourself to this special experience! Your family and friends will love the result too!
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  • 30 minutes
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$284.25
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Tour of Genoa and Day Trip to Portofino from Genoa

Tour of Genoa and Day Trip to Portofino from Genoa

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Explore the vibrant port city of Genoa as well as the gorgeous seaside resort town of Portofino during this full-day experience. Enjoy a morning walking tour of the historic city of Genoa, followed by an excursion to the pretty coastal town of Portofino.
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  • 9 hours
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$107.86
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$107.86
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Explore Camogli and Portofino

Explore Camogli and Portofino

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Active tours, guided by geologists, archaeologists and natural Scientists, to discover nature, landscapes, history and traditions of Italy, off the typical tourist routes. We combine active experiences such as Hiking, Mountain Biking, Canoeing and cultural Experiences connected with typical Food, Wine and History. During the tour the Guide offers you a small snack to taste the tyipical local products. We start from the train station of Camogli on the Peninsula of Portofino. This pretty village lies at the base of hills dotted with pine trees and from here we'll start walking towards the hamlet of San Roco. As we walk we'll see bunkers from World War II before we arrive in San Fruttuoso with its beautiful catholic church. Tucked away in a beautiful bay, the hamlet can only be reached by sea or on foot. As we continue to Portofino we pass under pine trees and the native plant of the Mediterranean the "arbutus" tree. The highlight of our walk today is the fishing village of Portofino.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$155.44
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 Portofino Private Tour from La Spezia

Portofino Private Tour from La Spezia

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When your cruise ship docks in La Spezia, take a full-day shore excursion to Portofino that highlights the colorful villages of the Italian riviera. Travel in comfort by air-conditioned van to Camogli, Portofino, and Santa Margherita Ligure, and have plenty of time to explore each place at your leisure. Your guide ensures a fun and informative day out, and your timely return to La Spezia.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,052.21
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Portofino Boat and Walking Tour with Pesto Cooking & Lunch

Portofino Boat and Walking Tour with Pesto Cooking & Lunch

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Spend a delightful morning getting to know Portofino on a three-our walking and boat tour with round-trip ferry tickets from Santa Margherita Ligure included. Climb to the Church of Saint Giorgio for panoramic views of the charming village, and then reward yourself with a focaccia tasting in the local bakery. Next, participate in a pesto making class, and then enjoy a typical Ligurian lunch over looking the water. Finally have some free time to explore on your own before catching your return ferry.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.33
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$185.33
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