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Palmaria, Italy

Palmaria, Italy: Our most recommended tours and activities

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Speedboat Tour

1. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Speedboat Tour

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 4-hour speedboat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgate Marinare. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover one of the unspoiled coves like Le Rosse, Monesteroli or Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy ashore local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the local mussel farms while returning to La Spezia. 

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

2. Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

Ride by boat to three different islands all located in the majestic Gulf of Poets. Swim in the Ligurian Sea, and make visits to Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto, and experience untouched natures in a completely unique environment. Snorkel and discover the underwater world, and relax on the boat for a true day at sea. Meet your captain and depart from Portovenere for a day of sightseeing and relaxation. Breathe in the salt air and experience the Torre Scola, a historical ruin that begs to be photographed and discussed. Then, make a swim stop at La Maiella and explore the marine world while snorkeling. Then, head to the lighthouse of Tino Island, where you can see the Madonnina emerge from the TInetto Sea. Find yourself next in the Blue Cave, and take some time to learn about the Church of San Pietro. Notice the nature all around and feel how it calms the nerves of a busy lifestyle. Before heading back to port, discover Saint Peter's Church, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Cinque Terre & Portovenere: Boat Tour

3. Cinque Terre & Portovenere: Boat Tour

Departure at 10 a.m. from Porto Mirabello, La Spezia, near the gas station. The boat (10 metres) and the captain will be there waiting for you. You will sail along the borgate marinare, i.e. the small villages on the coast between La Spezia and Portovenere. You will see Torre Scola, an old military fortress built on a rock in the middle of the sea. We will pass through the archipelago consisting of the three islands, Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, which are still unspoilt places, until we reach the romantic Portovenere. Here you can choose whether to go ashore for a short visit to the town and the famous church of San Pietro, overlooking the sea, or stay on the boat and dive into the turquoise waters between Palmaria Island and the village of Portovenere. Continuing the tour, we will have time to approach the world-famous Grotta Byron, the red rocks and swim in beautiful hidden coves, in the crystal-clear waters of Monesteroli or under the natural waterfall of Canneto. From here we will enter the 5 terre marine protected area. We will sail past the 5 villages (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso), you will have plenty of time to take your photos, listen to interesting stories and explanations from your captain and take another dip. During this tour there is also the possibility to go ashore and visit the villages of Vernazza or Monterosso. If you are lucky, you will be able to see the dolphins that habitually swim near our shores. The tour will end at 6 p.m. at the place of departure.

La Spezia: Cinque Terre and Gulf of Poets Full-Day Boat Tour

4. La Spezia: Cinque Terre and Gulf of Poets Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend the day discovering the beauty of Cinque Terre National Park on this boat trip from La Spezia. Explore the Gulf of Poets, and stop to bathe in crystal-clear seas. Taste typical local products and drink local wine. Make your way to La Spezia Port and hop aboard the Vittoria, a 9-meter, typical Genoese gozzo boat with a sundeck. Then, sail along the coast slowly so you can admire the spectacular scenery from the sea. During the full-day cruise, you'll see Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, Porto Venere, Byron Cave, Palmaria Island, Tino and Tinetto Islands, Lerici, San Terenzo, and Tellaro. Enjoy plenty of chances to stop and swim in the protected marine area of the Cinque Terre National Park. You'll also be treated to an aperitif of Ligurian focaccia, white wine, and various snacks.

Portovenere: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and Dinner

5. Portovenere: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and Dinner

Admire the views of Palmaria and Tino, you will have an evening swim in the crystalline waters of the Golfo Dei Poeti on a relaxing sunset cruise. Enjoy a rich buffet and some Pasta al Pesto, accompanied by wine and prosecco, behind the castle of Portovenere.

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

6. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Trip

Sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets and admire villages that makeup Borgate Marinare. Admire Torre Scola, the remains of a tower in the middle of the sea. Cruise among the 3 wild Islands (Palmario, Tino, Tinetto). Visit from the outside the Blue Grotto, the Stella Maris and the Portoro Marble Quarries. Cross Le Bocche sea strait and stop ashore in the astonishing Portovenere, a Unesco World Heritage Site. See Byron's Grotto, where legend has it, Lord Byron lived and would swim across the bay. Hop back on board and discover the eastern coast of the Gulf of Poets. Stop ashore in the small town Lerici, where Mary and Percy Shelley lived, and discover by sea other gems, including Tellaro and the Fiascherino's Bay where you stop in the coves for a swim behind Lerici's Medieval Castle. On the way back, pass by the local mussel farms.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Snorkeling

7. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Tour with Snorkeling

The tour includes the departure from Porto Mirabello which turns out to be the most important and main port of La spezia, easily reachable a few minutes walk from the station. Once started, a visit to Portovenere is planned where it will be possible to stop. Portovenere also has a very important cave, a highly requested tourist destination, we are talking about the magnificent Byron cave, named in honor of the baron lord Byron. Passing through the Poerovenere canal it will also be possible to visit a pleasant island called Palmaria Island. The Tour will continue with an immersion in the splendid crystal clear waters of Cala Rossa & Baia Monesteroli and then continue towards the protected marine area of the Cinque Terre National Park. It will be possible to stop for lunch in Vernazza and dive into the simply breathtaking waters of the Guvano! Dives into the sea can all be done with snorkelling equipment, included in the rate. It will be possible to visit the following villages as well as Riomaggiore and Manarola. Returning at the end of the experience, passing through the Portovenere canal, it will be possible to admire the Old School Tower, built in the Second World War, which was used as a control tower for the naval base of La Spezia.

Portovenere: Lerici Boat Tour with Aperitif on board

8. Portovenere: Lerici Boat Tour with Aperitif on board

Enjoy a relaxing time crossing the entire Gulf dei Poeti and reach the wonderful villages of Santerenzo and Lerici from Portovenere in a beautiful boat. The major points of interest we will come across will be a Farm of muscles, the Blue bay, the village of Santerenzo, Lerici and its incredible castle and La Caletta (swim stop). Then enjoy a typical Ligurian aperitif under the castle of Lerici, one of the best place in Liguria. With this tour you will live a real Magic Moment in the Ligurian Sea.

Portovenere: Palmaria Island & Lord Byron Cave Sunset Cruise

9. Portovenere: Palmaria Island & Lord Byron Cave Sunset Cruise

Enjoy the most magic moment of the day: the sunset. In our boat you will live an amazing experience in the Ligurian Sea, with an unforgettable natural landscape. Explore Portovenere by a typical boat. The tour starts with the pickup in Portovenere harbour, then you will enjoy a tour around Palmaria Island before having a wonderful view of the sunset from the famous Lord Byron Cave. On demand, you can manage your experience with a typical Ligurian aperitif (Focaccia, Pizza, Crisps, Nuts, Prosecco and Analcoholic Drinks).

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What people are saying about Palmaria, Italy

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 464 reviews

Great way to see Cinque Terre. Boat ride was excellent gives you a great perspective from the ocean. All three spot tops gave us plenty of time to Miller round have a late lunch and a snack. Wonderful trip!

Great boat tour of Cinque Terre with an unexpected stop for an hour in Monterosso.

Good day, which allows to have a global bridge on the five lands…. Very nice boat…

I highly recommend this experience we had an amazing time!

Most enjoyable activity being on the water fabulous