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Harbour of Portofino

Portofino (Ligurian Coast, Italy) – once a small fishing village, it was discovered by British and other wealthy tourists in the late 19th century and the hills above the tiny port began to fill with elegant villas and hotels catering to the monied classes of Europe. Today Portofino’s tall, pastel-coloured fishermen’s houses, clustered tightly around its jam-packed harbour, attract tourists from all over the world to this jewel of the Ligurian coast. Portofino is a deservedly popular stopping-off point for yachts cruising this coastline and spaces on the quay or the moorings are at a premium for most of the summer months.


British Admiralty
1998 - Nice to Livorno


The prevailing winds along the western part of the Ligurian coast during the summer are a SW or SE sea breeze, which rarely gets up much above force 4-5. Along the eastern part of the coast, the winds tend to come more from W or NW and are again usually little more than moderate. While infrequent, gales are not unknown during the spring and early summer and are typically caused by depressions further west in the Golfe du Lion which bring strong N winds as they move further E. In winter, the tramontana, a strong N wind off the Alps, is more frequent, although the libecchio is a strong SW wind that can affect the whole of the Ligurian coast and blow for several days, causing heavy seas.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


See Mediterranean.




Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The harbour of Portofino is situated under a mile NW of the headland of Punta Portofino. The lighthouse on the headland is conspicuous from some distance off. Closer in, a prominent castle, Castello Brown, sits on the headland immediately E of the harbour. Shelter in Portofino is good except in strong E or NE winds, when Rapallo offers better shelter.



Harbour icon Portofino [[Portofino#Portofino|Portofino]] 44°18.180'N, 009°12.697'E
Depths at the quays range from 2.0 - 4.0 metres and on the moorings 7.0 to 16 metres. Toilets and showers. Wifi available on the quay.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Marina di Portofino

Marina di Portofino/wiki/Portofino#Marina_di_Portofino
Marina icon Marina di Portofino [[Portofino#Marina di Portofino|Marina di Portofino]] 44°18.134'N, 009°12.661'E

The Marina manages six places on the quay at the SW end of the harbour, Molo Umberto 1, for yachts from 20 - 55 metres (anchor moor back to quay) and eight for yachts up to 20 metres (pickup buoy and reverse back to quay).

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (01850) 269 580; Fax: +39 (0185) 267 v404; VHF channel 12
Address: Via Roma, 35, 16034 Portofino (GE), Italy
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing


Additional spaces are available in Cannone Bay to the N of the main harbour. Including permanent berthholders, the port has room for around 250 vessels, either anchor moored back to the quay or lying on fore and aft moorings.


Water Water available on the quays
Electricity Electricity available on the quays
Toilets On the quays
Showers On the quays
Laundry ?
Garbage Bins on the quays
Fuel Fuel station on the quay (0800 - 1930)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs Limited repair facilities. Mobile crane (8 T). Divers.
Internet WiFi on the quays
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Limited shopping for provisions.

Eating out

Numerous trattorias and bars in the town.


List transportation (local and/or international.)


The waterfront of Portofino is probably the most photographed in the whole of Italy, and still retains most of its charm, in spite of the busy bars and trattorias that throng its pavements. The 16th century Castello Brown on the hill to the E of the town, formerly the residence of the English consul in Genoa, is now owned by the municipality and is worth a visit. If you are into scuba diving (or are a very good breath-hold diver), the much-imitated Christ of the Abyss is a bronze statue placed on the seabed at a depths of 18 metres in the bay of San Fruttuoso a few miles west of Portofino. It commemorates Duilio Marcante, the first Italian to use the then pioneering SCUBA technology.

Waterfront of Portofino
Christ of the Abyss, San Fruttuoso


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Italy.


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