Hiking in the Portovenere Regional Natural Park
You are all invited to visit Palmaria Island in the Portovenere Regional Natural Park by covering its charming footpaths, discovering a land of untouched fascination, walking amongst orchards, vineyards, olive groves and steep slopes, surrounded by the bright green of the maquis or by the dark and thick green of the holm-oak woods. The footpath cut across the coast sheer from the sea, swept by libeccio or mistral, and offer cliffs and inlets that have inspired painters and poets for centuries.
'The mediterranean is quiet wonderful and when the sun sets beyond the island of Portovenere, and all the sea is like heaving white milk with a street of fire across it, and amethyst islands away back, it is too beautiful' David Herbert Lawrence.
You will perceive the beauty of this land far from the crowded tourist ways.
We will get on a public ferry to Palmaria Island navigating in the Gulf of the Poets which inspired poets and painters for centuries. We will hike on a circular route on the Island, and therefore we will have the opportunity to enjoy a number of different breathtaking views of promontories, cliffs, and picturesque bays. At the end of hike we will rest in a cool winebar or in a café overlooking the waterfront of a small harbour, where we will watch silent the fishing boats leaning against the high walls of the houses and their plasters eaten away by salinity; just those houses that have sheltered their inhabitants from pirate incursions over centuries and which, even nowadays, shelter the small boats from the fury of the rough sea. I suggest to take your swimsuit with you cause we will have the chance to take a cooling and restfull bath in the crystal waters of the Maritime Protected Area of Palmaria. Our lunch time will be in the charming atmosphere of the medieval village of Portovenere
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel or apartment if you stay in Portovenere or in the surrounding area.
At the pier of La Spezia or Portovenere, where the tenders from your ship arrive, if your Cruising Ship is in the Gulf of La Spezia. If you are not staying near the visited areas as well you are in a cruise ship docked at Livorno or Genova you might chose either to ask me to rent a private van. In this case you will meet the driver at the dock and me directly in La Spezia.
End location: At the same place of the start
Duration: 6 hours
In case of adverse weather conditions or any kind of unexpected security problems for the excursionists, the guide reserves the right to interrupt the outing or to change itinerary. Every efforts will be made to provide the best alternative activities. In case of hard rain more time will be dedicated to visit the village instead of hiking. The duration of the tour can be changed if you need to reach your cruise ship before.
We will take a public ferry to Palmaria Island and later a taxi boat to Portovenere. In case of bad waves conditions we will not get on the ferry and we will get on a taxi to Portovenere. However this eventuality is very rare cause the navigation is in the well protected waters of the La Spezia Gulf.
full/day guided tour (suggestions and orientation for the next days in Liguria)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 € - 50 € per person for lunch and wine tasting, and 10 € per person to travel by public ferry and taxi boat.
Lunch in a seafood restaurant or packed lunch on the footpath (there's a chance to taste our different types of local focaccia), wine tasting (there's an appreciated and age-old tradition of sweet wine and lemons liqueur production). Public ferry tickets to Palmaria Island and the taxi boat ticket to Portovenere are not included.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver
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Marco is amazing! He was born and raised in the Cinque Terre and now lives in La Spezia. He has an excellent knowledge of local botany, geology, history and culture. He is quiet but so personable and genuine. This walk took us over the top of Palmaria Island with an absolutely spectacular lunch stop. You need to be decently fit and a good walker to take on the hills of Cinque Terre - but it is absolutely worth it. Marco's tours were the highlights of our trip to Italy. Highest possible recommendation.