March 29th 2013. By Neil Rabinowitz.

Portofino: Favorite Port on the Italian Riviera

Neil Rabinowitz shows us why this Italian Riviera port is such a popular destination for boat owners, crew, and charter guests.

Portofino, one of the most charming ports in the entire Mediterranean, is a half moon shaped seaside village lined with pastel houses.


Portofino harbor

No matter the size of visiting yacht, there is always room for tenders and small fishing boats on the gentle sloping sands of the harbor.


Portofino street

Narrow stone-lined streets and twisting cobble paths burst with flowers, and hanging plants. Small shops and outside dining verandas just a shout from the harbor give the town a personal, intimate feeling.


Lush hillsides host an array of hotels and restaurants with a simple village ambiance, while the moorings and stern-to dockage make it one of the most desirable ports on the Italian Riviera.


Looking north toward Santa Margherita and the Gulf of Tiguillo, traditional architecture from the 16th century stands out from the hillsides.


Life revolves around the comings and goings of boats and yachts in the harbor, with a view from every window.


Portofino castle view

This overhead view is from the 16th century castle that looks out over the quaint harbor.


The harbor is popular with tourists for good reason. Its accessible shoreline and superbly protected waters lure yachts of all sizes from all points of the Med.

Neil Rabinowitz

YachtWorld Senior Photographer Neil Rabinowitz has photographed and written about all ends of the yachting world—racing, cruising and chartering—from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest where he lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Recognized as one of the best, Neil has produced more than 2000 magazine covers and numerous feature stories. He continues to write and photograph for both editorial and advertising clients and has been a contributor to since its inception in 1995. View more of his photos on the Neil Rabinowitz website (