Portovenere Natural Park

Portovenere Natural Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cinque Terre & Portovenere: Boat Tour

1. 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: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitivo and Snacks

2. La Spezia: Sunset Boat Tour with Aperitivo and Snacks

Programme: We will be waiting for you at the embarkation point (Porto Mirabello, La Spezia), 10 minutes before the departure time. With a 2-hour tour during the Golden Hour, starting from La Spezia (Banchina Revel), we will guide you through the secrets of the Gulf and the 3 Islands: - Torre Scola, an ancient military fort built in the 16th century and damaged during the Napoleonic wars - Portovenere, the true pearl of the Gulf, unrivalled in beauty and magic - The Roman Church of San Pietro, perched on the promontory of Portovenere is considered the most beautiful in the world - The Blue Cave in Palmaria, which turns golden at sunset - The historic Tino lighthouse, one of the few remaining lighthouses in Europe still in operation - The Madonna Stella Maris, which emerges from the waters in front of Tinetto and protects sailors and the Gulf - The ancient funicular railway used until the Second World War to load the precious marble from the local quarries onto ships - The many military installations and bunkers from the First and Second World War

La Spezia: Cinque Terre and Portovenere Full-Day Boat Tour

3. La Spezia: Cinque Terre and Portovenere Full-Day Boat Tour

Do you know why you should choose to do the tour with us? Because our tour is like a mini cruise. Let's start from La Spezia, from Lerici, or from Portovene where you admire the gulf of poets, the first stop will be Portovenere where you will see the colorful fishermen's houses, the castle of San Giorgio and the beautiful church of San Pietro,behind the church we will enter the cave Byron, the poet, you will be able to photograph the cave from the sea. The next stop will be The red rocks, a bacterium millions of years ago turned the rock red, the next step is the ferale rock and the cove of Monesteroli where you can eat around 11:30 am a delicious Ligurian focaccia stuffed in different ways accompanied by prosecco, wine or soft drinks also you will take your first swim in a beautiful cove where you can only get there by boat.We head towards the Marine Protected Area of the 5 Terre where as the first city you will see Riomaggiore then after Manarola, Corniglia. Around 1:30 p.m. we stop again near Corniglia where you can take a second swim and eat a plate of pasta always accompanied by good wine or other drinks you prefer and finally a good Limoncello liqueur. We then reach Vernazza and Monterosso al mare. Around 16:00 we return to the boarding point.

Cinque Terre: Sunset Boat Tour with Appetizers & Drinks

4. Cinque Terre: Sunset Boat Tour with Appetizers & Drinks

Witness the stunning coastal landscapes of Cinque Terre during the enchanting golden hour on a boat tour. Admire the panoramic views of five colorful fishing villages perched on the rugged cliffs from the water. As you cruise leave the port of La Spezia you will see the beautiful village of Portovenere. Marvel at the colorful villages and the striking Church of San Pietro. Continue along the picturesque coast and soak in the views of the cliffs, vineyards, terraced hillsides, and more. You will reach the beautiful Cinque Terre National Park. Get incredible opportunities for capturing beautiful photographs of the villages and coastal scenery. Your captain will serve a delicious Italian aperitivo, with local appetizers, prosecco, or soft drinks. Relax and savor the true Italian essence as you sail through the Ligurian Sea. During the tour, you can stop at coves or beaches for a refreshing swim in crystal-clear waters. Watch the breathtaking sunset over the sea and be enraptured by the beauty of the Cinque Terre. Enjoy an unforgettable experience and unlock the secrets of this remarkable coastal gem.

Portovenere: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and Dinner

5. Portovenere: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and Dinner

The 'aperitif tour departs from Porto Mirabello in La Spezia, You'll visit the Gulf of Poets, with its natural pools, the ancient military fortress of Torre Scuola, see the magnificent village of Portovenere, once a fishing village, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site Church of St. Peter, which seems to rise directly from the rock, the famous Byron Cave that inspired the brilliant poet Byron, and Portovenere Castle. You'll be able to dive into a spectacular beach, Cala dell' Ammiraglio, behind Palmaria Island, where numerous buildings from World War II are still visible. You'll also see Tino Island, with the magnificent lighthouse that lights up every night, and Tinetto. But the real attraction is to enjoy a drink at sunset, in the open sea, and immediately after the aperitif, you can enjoy dinner in front of the magnificent scenery of Portovenere illuminated, with a rich buffet and Italian pasta, you will also taste our pesto with focaccia, drinks are unlimited : Prosecco, Wine, Beer, Cola, soft drinks.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Trip with Food Tastings

6. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Boat Trip with Food Tastings

Included: Skipper, hostess, fuel, snorkeling equipment, tastings with local products, local catch, Wine or Prosecco Not included: On-board lunch Classic Gozzo designed in a modern style, with elegant, comfortable, and luxurious lines. Year of construction 2022 Length 9.50 m, width 3 m, it has 1 double cabin with porthole, dinette, and a separate toilet with a door. In the bow, there is a large sunbathing area and a spacious area at the stern to enjoy the navigation. Additionally, in the stern area, through the installation of a table, it is possible to have a pleasant refreshment. The boat is equipped with a large extendable canvas cover, both in the rear and front, for protection against solar rays. To facilitate entry and exit from the boat, at the stern, a convenient foldable door allows direct passage to the large platform from which you can enter the water directly or comfortably carry out boarding and disembarking operations. There is a minibar with a wide selection of quality wines and champagne. The boat is wheelchair accessible. Pets are allowed on board.

La Spezia: Porto Venere & Islands Sunset Boat Tour w/ Dinner

7. La Spezia: Porto Venere & Islands Sunset Boat Tour w/ Dinner

Get on board in La Spezia and cross the Gulf of Poets; you will soon be reaching Porto Venere and its Marine Protected Area. You will take part in a tour of the 3 Islands, Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, make stops for swimming and enjoy the stunning sunset with a light dinner in the beautiful and peculiar strait of Porto Venere. In case of excellent weather and sea conditions, the dinner can also be held near the island of Tino or in another area. The light dinner, which will certainly include spaghetti with muscles, will consist of local food and wine products. At the end you will be dropped off in La Spezia.

San Terenzo: Portovenere Natural Park Snorkeling Trip

8. San Terenzo: Portovenere Natural Park Snorkeling Trip

Snorkeling is an activity suitable to everyone, ideal for those who never wore a diving mask but wonder what’s down there! It is the gateway to the world of diving and the easiest way to get closer to the local fauna and observe their behaviour; by wearing your mask, snorkel and fins, you will discover the secrets of the sea. The activity involves a snorkeling trip with a marine biologist equipped with teaching aids to identify the differents species and describe the diverse habitat. The routes are accessible to everyone and allow the exploration of the seabed and the rocky enviroments made out of caves and ravines. You will not only be learning about biology but also about the history and traditions of the area. You will meet your instructor in San Terenzo, close to Lerici, where you will be provided with the equipment and a brief introduction to this experience. Afterwards, you will be reaching Porto Venere – where the activity will be taking place – and its Marine Protected Area (MPA) on a rubber boat. At the end of the tour, you will be brought back to San Terenzo.

4h in the Gulf of Poets with tasting of local food and wine

9. 4h in the Gulf of Poets with tasting of local food and wine

Our boat, "BLUE", is designed to offer you an authentic maritime experience, similar to the one we sailors have lived since birth. Imagine breathing the sea breeze, feeling the saltiness on your skin and being enchanted by the infinite shades of the colors of the sea. The horizon merges with the sea in an endless embrace that captures the eye and awakens a thousand emotions. On board the "BLUE", you can enjoy hours of complete relaxation and tanning on our large sundeck. When the sun is at its peak, you can take refuge in the shade of a large awning and delight your palate with the local food and wine delicacies. If you want a more lively and dynamic holiday or party, the "BLUE" is ready to meet these needs as well. Our powerful stereo system and always fresh bottles in the fridge are ready to make you jump, dance and celebrate. Our experienced and attentive crew will be by your side throughout the tour, ready to meet your every need and make you feel truly on vacation. The "BLUE" is equipped with an easy ascent from the sea and an excellent holding system. In addition, it offers comfort such as fresh water for the shower, a cabin to change comfortably and a toilet. To ensure your safety, all our staff have followed the necessary legal courses. With the "BLUE", your only concern will be to enjoy the experience and let yourself be overwhelmed by emotions. We look forward to welcoming you on board!

La Spezia: Boat tour in the Gulf of Poets

10. La Spezia: Boat tour in the Gulf of Poets

Have you ever imagined living a dream? Together with Alessandro and Andres you will depart from the splendid Porto Mirabello in La Spezia towards an extraordinary journey in the Gulf of Poets. We will reach by sea the most important military port of the Italian navy, the Arsenal of La Spezia, and the base of the Italian Special Forces, then we will sail along the typical seaside villages of Marola, Cadimare, Fezzano and Le Grazie. Sailing accompanied by good music we will see Torre Scola, the Palmaria Island, and the Tino Island, we will listen to the fascinating stories concerning them and we will admire the breathtaking views that the territory offers us, once we have paid homage to the statue of Stella Maris, protector of the sailors, we will head towards the so-called "Sixth Earth", Portovenere. Here you will visit the splendid streets of Portovenere, the Byron Cave and the church of San Pietro for about an hour. Once the stop is over you can swim in the crystal clear waters around Palmaria Island. You will get back on board and we will head towards the coast of Tellaro, Fiascherino and Lerici, we will tell you the legend of Tellaro and then you can enjoy another swim in the hidden coves of Fiascherino. We will stop for about 45 minutes in Lerici where you can taste delicious local ice creams and visit the city. Finally we will return to the Mirabello Port of La Spezia, waking up from this wonderful dream.

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What people are saying about Portovenere Natural Park

Geraldo, the captain, was great. He explained sites along the water of each town. We stopped and swam off the boat in Mid April and the water was very chilly- he laughed at our decision. He was warm and friendly and the ride was very relaxed. We would recommend this trip for anyone who wants to get on the water in a more intimate way than the bigger ferry boats. He served wine and a hot pesto pasta lunch and a variety of focaccia for snacks on board. Note: on this boat you are not sitting on a chair or bench but lounging on the padded deck leaning against the padded side rail. Since most passengers choose to face toward the center of the boat, it is an easy setup for socializing.

This was a fantastic excursion to round off our trip to La Spezia. We booked it very late, but Andrea was really flexible and managed to make it work for us. He was a great guide and really knowledgeable about the area and the sea. We had an amazing time, saw Cinque Terre from the sea, had a few drinks in the sunset, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Would definitely do it again!

Festive evening with a warm welcome. Our host adapted the excursion according to the weather and our wishes. Very good meal. Given the weather, our hosts invited us to eat in the cabin. If you want to discover the fortifications accessible by sea and spend a nice evening, this excursion is for you. Thank you to our hosts.

I liked everything about the food, the tour, the guide very friendly and pleasant.

The activity was excellent, we had a spectacular time.