The huge conglomerate block of Il Promontorio di Portofino forms the coastal protected area in the northernmost part of the Western Mediterranean. It includes cool forests, warm Mediterranean maquis, and chestnut and olive tree groves, and has a long tradition of smallholder farming and fishing.
Protected since 1935, the Park is home to one of the richest examples of flora in the Mediterranean, a notable variety of birds and invertebrates, a rich architectural heritage and some of the best known landscapes in the world. A dense network of paths criss-crosses maquis, mixed forests typical of the Apennines, rural settlements and fishing villages steeped in art and history. All of these factors, together with the area’s easy accessibility, make Il Promontorio di Portofino one of the best known and most visited tourist destinations in Europe.