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Guided Day Hike #4: the Natural Park of Portovenere

Guided Day Hike #4: the Natural Park of Portovenere

Discover the Natural Park of Portovenere and Palmaria Island with a Pro-Guide!

The island of Palmaria in the Gulf of Poets is part of the Natural Park of Portovenere. It can be reached seasonally by ferryboat from La Spezia and all year round from Portovenere. The hike is indeed very good in the offseason or in the winter months.

The Tour

The varied circular walk offers unique views of Portovenere, the Gulf of Poets and the Apuan Alps in Tuscany. On the island we will encounter many interesting plants as well as a fairly large breeding colony of seagulls and the dwarf goats.

On the hike we will see old fortifications from the 19th century as well as the disused marble quarries of the precious black Portoro marble.

Technical features

Hiking time about 3 hours, difference in altitude +/- 300 m, approx. 7 km.


Full day Tour: € 265.00 per party – 1 up to 8 people – the price does not change

Each hiking guide service has a maximum duration of 7 hours.

Recommended equipment

  • hiking boots with good sole
  • hiking backpack
  • sufficient drinking water
  • sun protection and headgear
  • rain protection
  • possibly hiking poles (*in case they can be bought at cheap prices in local stores – see sport store directory on our Tourist Guide)


The paths are often steep, narrow and stony. You should bring certain fitness and be used to mountain hiking.

The itinerary can be modified due to weather conditions.

Meals, drinks, eventual passes and entrance fees, trains and other transfers costs not included 


You can combine a visit to Portovenere and the return by boat to La Spezia or the Cinque Terre / Levanto. Private car transfers on request.