Grand Hotel Portovenere (Portovenere)

  • Liguria, Italy, Cinque Terre

  • 5

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Portovenere is often described as the sixth village of the Cinque Terre and the Grand Hotel Portovenere is ideal if you want to be on the doorstep of Italy’s most popular UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Central location in Portovenere

Portovenere village itself is very picturesque and the hotel is right in the centre. It’s a short walk from the harbour so it’s easy to explore the area by boat. There are regular departures to Portofino and the Cinque Terre. The island of Palmaria is also close by and we recommend visiting – it’s got some fantastic walking trails.

Relaxing summer getaway

The hotel’s got a nice, laid back feel and we love the restaurant. The terrace has incredible views over the sea and village and the food is lovely and fresh. Make sure you try the grilled fish! If you find yourself with a few spare hours, head to the spa and chill out in the sauna or Turkish bath. It's payable locally and the massages are a welcome treat if you’ve been tackling the walking trails around the Cinque Terre.

Added value

Save an extra £75 per person on holidays departing in Jul, Aug, Sep 2024 (book by end of May, discount automatically applied)

All holidays include flights from the UK and transfers

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

Cinque Terre

There are so many activities right on your doorstep in the Cinque Terre area, from hiking and water sports to golf. Five fishing villages make up the iconic Cinque Terre, while the area surrounding it offers more of the same beauty and allure; from walking through the Cinque Terre national park to jumping aboard a local train and visiting another picturesque village or beach. You could spend every day enjoying a different activity, but if you want to take it a bit easier and soak up some culture, there are ancient churches and buildings dotted all over the place!

Picture perfect Cinque Terre towns

You'll be pleased to hear that those classic postcard images of brightly coloured buildings lining mountainous coasts aren't photo-shopped. The Cinque Terre is in fact as stunning as it looks in the pictures. There are endless towns made up of clusters of multi-coloured buildings that stand out beautifully against the bright blue sea. Head to the Golfo dei Poeti in Portovenere, named after significant literary figures such as Lord Byron, who used to visit the area, it's a stunning strip of land which sits between the sea and the mountains.

Stunning walking trails

The Cinque Terre area is famous for its challenging walking routes - although there are still plenty of less taxing paths to tread - most with unbelievable Mediterranean sea views. Head into the Cinque Terre National Park where you'll be spoilt for choice with around 48 walking trails of varying difficulty. One of the longer routes, which is well worth the effort, stretches from Riomaggiore to Portovenere. You’ll head through pine forests, past the 15th century Sanctuary of Montenero and along a spectacular cliff-side path with views of the entire coastline. The walk ends in the village of Portovenere - ideal for a celebratory glass of wine in the harbour.

Fantastic train network

The Ligurian train network makes exploring the region a doddle. Most of our hotels are within walking distance of a local station, making it easy for you to hop on a train and explore a different town or village each day. A 19th century railway line cuts through the hillside, linking one Cinque Terre village to another. From Levanto, both the Cinque Terre and it's national park are just a short train journey away (we’re talking mere minutes!), and from Lerici, a 30-minute local bus will get you to the city of La Spezia, where you’ll find lively bars with plentiful plates of focaccia, pesto pasta and seafood.

Delicious local food & drink

The seafood on offer in the Cinque Terre area is second to none; you’ll find the juiciest mussels and the fattest anchovies, as well as the typically Ligurian stockfish, traditionally served with chard, onion, garlic and parsley. Liguria’s biggest claim to fame, however, might be pesto Genovese. That’s right - this is the land of pesto. Traditionally it’s served with trofie - a short, twisted pasta, local to the region - and goes perfectly with a glass of crisp Vermentino wine.

Why book a summer holiday in the Cinque Terre area with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Cinque Terre area's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to the Cinque Terre area include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team in resort can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

  • No. of rooms: 44
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 5


Classic Rooms sleep up to two people and have a queen size or twin beds and views of the inner courtyard. These rooms have a shower.

Executive Sea View Rooms sleep up to two people and are fresh and bright. They each have a cosy sitting area and marble bathroom with a shower. 

Deluxe Rooms sleep two people and are more spacious with sea and marina views. These rooms have a bath or shower.

Scriptorium Studios sleep up to three people and have a living area with a desk and sofa bed and a double bedroom. These studios have sea views and a bath or shower. Triple rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Classic Rooms and Executive Sea View Rooms for sole use are available on request, please call to book. 

All rooms have:

  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Minibar
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes & slippers

Cots are available on request.

Local fees & taxes

A tourist tax of approx. €3 per person per night is payable locally (max 4 nights, excludes guests under 16 years old).


  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

Accessible rooms are available on request, please call to book.

  • Airport transfer time: approx. 2 hours from Genoa airport or 1 hour from Pisa airport by private car
  • Central location in Portovenere
  • 800 metres to the beach
  • 10 metres to the boat departure point for Portofino
  • Portovenere wellness centre about 30 metres from the hotel with Turkish bath, sauna and relaxation room (all payable locally) (the spa is normally open on Tuesdays from 3pm - 8pm and from Wednesday - Sunday between 11am - 8pm)
  • Fitness room (free of charge, approx. 30 metres from the hotel spa)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garage (payable locally, approx. €20 per night)

Breakfast is continental with cheeses, meats, fresh bread and freshly squeezed juice. Some hot options are available on request. If you upgrade to half board you'll have a choice of three courses from the à la carte dinner menu in the restaurant. Dinner can be swapped for lunch if you'd like to try out any other local restaurants in the evening. 

Palmeria Restaurant has a large veranda that overlooks Portovenere. It is the perfect pace to try fresh fish. Open 12.30pm - 3pm and 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Venus Bar is housed in the high vaulted ceilings of the former Franciscan Convent. It the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine. On warm evenings head out to the sea-view-terrace with a beautifully prepared cocktail. Open 11am - midnight

Tastings & Cooking Lessons are available on request, locally. They take place in the Sala Magolia and the Sala Moby Dick. You can enjoy private dinners, tastings or join a cooking course with the hotel's Executive Chef. You'll learn how to cook and prepare some of the most delicious Italian food like fresh pasta and pesto, you'll be taught how to fillet and marinate fresh fish and how to make the famous Tiramisù dessert. The best bit is you they get to enjoy your own culinary creations for lunch. These cooking lessons must be booked at least three days in advance by contacting the hotel or speaking to reception while you're there and are payable locally. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

Please let us know about any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

The Palmeria Restaurant is part of the Italian Coeliac Association (IAC), so they are attentive to the dietary needs of their customers and have gluten free menus. 

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