Sport and History in the Gulf of Tigullio

Discovering the marine protected Area of Portofino and of Doria family history
  • 2 overnights in hotel boutique, B&B treatment
  • 1 guided tour in kayak at sunset
  • 1 full day guided tour in kayak
  • Round ferry boat service to San Fruttuoso
  • Entrance and visit to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso

Day 1 – Friday

Arrival in Santa Margherita Ligure and accommodation in the facility.
Transfer to Niasca for an kayak adventure at sunset. At about 18:00, you will start your ground lesson, where the guide, canoe and environment, will show you the technique of paddling and will illustrate its fundamentals, to then continue in water during the excursion, where you will be followed by your guide both from the technical and sport point of view, and he will also show you the most interesting points from the geo-naturalistic point of view.
You will paddle up to the small beach of the Olivetta, an inlet, there the green of vegetation mingles with the blue of the sea. Here you will leave your canoes and, after a short walk, you will reach Portofino Lighthouse, which stands just on the tip which divides the southern part of the territory from the gulf of Tigullio… A perfect place to enjoy a drink overlooking the "two seas".
After the aperitif, around dusk, you will return to Niasca.

Free evening and overnight.

Day 2 – Saturday

After breakfast, you will return to the bay of Niasca for a full-day excursion at the seaside (bring with you swimsuit, flips flops or sea shoes and beach towel).

At about 10:00 in the morning, you will repeat quickly the fundamentals of kayak and we will leave always from Paraggi to reach the Punta del Faro, from which you can admire the Church of San Giorgio and the famous Lighthouse, which from above dominate the Bay of Portofino.

We will then reach the Cala del Vitrale, that can be reached only by sea and is inaccessible to all motor vehicles: the ideal point to wear a mask and flippers and dive to explore the waters of the Protected Marine Areas… Groupers, crockers, sea breams, swarms of white sea breams and barracudas, flabellinae, anemones, starfish, octopuses and much more will be the protagonists of your snorkeling experience.
After the bath, you will take again you kayak to reach the Cala degli Inglesi  (the Bay of the English) and stop on rocks for lunch: chef’s specialty is the typical focaccia of Genoa.

Before sunset you will return to Niasca.

Dinner of your choice and free evening.


Day 3 – Sunday

After breakfast you will have to opportunity to organise the morning as you like.

We recommend you to visit  the very coloured and suggestive village of Portofino, from whose small port, every hour, (starting from 9:30) there the boat which, in half an hour will take you to San Fruttuoso. Alternatively, you can leave directly from Santa Margherita Ligure, to visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, asset of FAI (Italian Environment Fund) situated in a deep coast inlet and that can be reached only on foot or by sea.

The origins of the complex are still shrouded in mystery. One of the most reliable theses makes the building of the abbey trace back to the eighth century, when Prospero, bishop of Terragona, fleeing Spain invaded by Arabs, chose this bay to take refuge and built a church where he could preserve the relics of the martyr Fruttuoso, whose cult soon spread throughout Liguria assigning to him special functions of protection for sailors. The current structure dates back, for the most part, to the tenth-eleventh century, period of the reconstruction as wished by the Empress Adelaide of Burgundy, widow of Otto I: the Byzantine dome, built in correspondence of a perennial spring, was incorporated in the octagonal Tower.

It was the heyday of the complex, which assumed jurisdiction over the whole territory of the promontory of Portofino. Since the thirteenth century its history has intertwined with that of the Doria family, who commissioned its reconstruction, by building the abbey complex overlooking the sea with the open gallery  with two rows of mullioned windows… which, finally, was generously donated to the FAI by Frank and Orietta Pogson Doria Pamphilj.
The exceptional guide, who will start to lead the visit precisely at one o’clock, will be the Architect Alessandro Capretti, Property Manager of the Abbey, who not only will describe its history and architecture, but will explain in detail the issues linked to the natural deterioration of the monument, to the tools to prevent it and the resources to implement in order to fight against it, with a view of planned and preventive conservation cultural heritage.

Services will close at the end of the guided visit.

Price from Euro 475 per person (adult in double room)
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