Shoal of fish


Regional natural park


World Heritage Site since 1997

A UNESCO site, entering the list of World Heritage sites in 1997, the Porto Venere Regional Natural Park is also a Marine Protected Area.
Visitors can expect a crystal-clear sea, due in part to its currents, which surrounds the entire archipelago of Portovenere (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto), where one can admire caves, rock walls with colonies of Gorgonia, a myriad of fish and, in the channel of Portovenere, a field of Posidonia, a protected marine plant.


Among the most famous natural sites are two sea caves: Grotta Azzurra, or the Blue Grotto, which opens into a cliff on Isola Palmaria and can be visited by row boat, and Grotta Byron, the Byron Grotto, the beginning of which you can also reach on foot through the opening of the wall that, from Piazza Spallanzani, leads up to the Castelletto, in front of the church of San Pietro, or Saint Peter.


Seas, beaches
and water sports

The sea may be deep where it laps the cliffs, but not so much as you get closer to comfortable beach destinations: Cavo and Arenella in Porto Venere, Terrizzo, Punta Secco, the Carlo Alberto coast, and Fornace and Pozzale on Isola Palmaria.