The Pearl of Tigullio on the Ligurian Riviera
Nicknamed the Pearl of Tigullio, after the gulf it overlooks, Santa Margherita Ligure is among the most popular resorts on the Ligurian Riviera, framed between the sea and mountains. At the heart of the city is its Castle, built by the Genoese in 1550 to defend the coast. The church of San Giacomo di Corte dates back to the 17th century.
In a park boasting an Italian garden and an English-style grove stands Villa Durazzo-Centurione, with 17th-century frescoes and the prince’s flats on the first floor. The residence slowly reveals itself as you walk up the park avenue leading to the entrance.
The most beautiful beaches near the centre are in the Ghiaia area. Nearby is the beautiful Paraggi Bay. Submerged at the bottom of the sea, opposite San Fruttuoso bay, lies the Christ of the Abyss, which on calm sea days you can view without having to go diving.
The Abbey of San Fruttuoso, near Santa Margherita Ligure, is accessible by boat or on foot by hiking along a steep but beautiful trail. In just a few minutes by car or train, you can reach the famous Portofino. Santa Margherita Ligure is also the perfect base for visiting Camogli and Rapallo.