Luxury hotel holiday Grand Hotel Portovenere Portovenere, Cinque Terre

The Grand Hotel Portovenere is a 5-star hotel perched slightly above the port of Portovenere at the point where the Cinque Terre meet the Gulf of Poets. Its ancient past as a Franciscan convent is still apparent in its arcaded windows and its exterior in hues of off-white and pink with green shutters is typically Ligurian. A stay here gives you access to the villages and ports of the Cinque Terre by sea and land.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Portovenere, Cinque Terre

The Grand Hotel Portovenere is a 5-star hotel that was once a Franciscan convent in an elevated position above the port with easy access to the Cinque Terre.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is situated right on the harbour in Portovenere.

Annual opening 20 March until 3 November

Closest airport Pisa

Distance from airport About 1 hr 15 mins from Pisa, about 1 hr 50 minutes from Genoa.

Closest railway station La Spezia Centrale

Distance from railway station 30 minutes by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Garage parking, Boat rental, Spa with Turkish bath and sauna, Fitness room, Excursions by boat, Use of beach club a few minutes from the hotel (at a charge), Bar, Cooking course, Food and wine experiences, Tours of the oyster farms of La Spezia by boat, Tours of the marble quarries by car.

Out and about nearby

Portovenere is at the point where the Cinque Terre meet the Gulf of Poets. From here you can visit the Cinque Terre, Portofino, Lerici and Tuscany by boat, car or train. The hotel is on the harbour where you can take a ferry to the villages of the Cinque Terre. Within five minutes’ walk of the hotel you can visit the historic centre of the ancient port, two churches dating from the 12th Century, Byron’s grotto and Doria castle. Palmaria Island is accessible by boat or ferry.

Sports nearby

Boat rental, fishing, walking.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,580

Holiday Code EXH46313

The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Portovenere, Cinque Terre

Room descriptions

The Grand Hotel Portovenere has a wide choice of rooms. All are equipped with air-conditioning, heating, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, extra beds for children and babies on request, minibar, robe and slippers and complimentary access to newspapers and magazines through an app.

Classic double queen bed or two single beds, on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th floors with views of the inner courtyard. Occupancy two adults.
Executive double with sea view, one queen bed or two single beds, on all floors and with sea and marina views. Only some have a small terrace or balcony. Occupancy two adults.
Deluxe double with sea and marina views, one king bed or two single beds, on all floors with large windows. Some have a terrace or balcony. Occupancy two adults plus cot.
Scriptorium studio with marina and courtyard views, one king or two single beds, an extra sofa bed, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. Occupancy of 3 adults or 2 adults and one child. There is a living area with sofa bed and writing desk.
Cloister Junior Suite with a panoramic terrace, one king or two single beds, 2nd floor with sea and maring views. Occupancy two adults.
Suites the Suite dei Poeti and the Suite del Castello

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,580

Holiday Code EXH46313

The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Portovenere, Cinque Terre

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Grand Hotel Portovenere in the Cinque Terre, our clients usually fly to Pisa airport. From the airport, we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region and a hire-car is included in the price of the holiday. If you prefer a private transfer, we can organise one for you. If combining Portovenere with another hotel closer to Portofino or Santa Margherita, you might want to fly into Pisa and return home from Genoa to London Gatwick.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 7 nights.

From about

£1,580

Holiday Code EXH46313

The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke hotel holidays to the Grand Hotel Portovenere, Cinque Terre

Highlights of the Ligurian Riviera

There are numerous places of interest on and around the Ligurian Riviera. Visit the resort of Nervi with the collection of clocks, fabrics, furniture and lace in the Villa Luxoro and its Galleria d'Arte Moderna. Genoa, a busy port and bustling city, also has fine palaces such as the Palazzo Reale and the Palazzo Bianco and the fascinating Steglieno Cemetery, full of elaborate tombs. The wild beauty of the Cinqueterre should be seen from the ancient footpath, the Sentiere Azzurro, which links the coastal villages. The Abbbazia di San Fruttuoso on the Portofino Peninsula can be reached by boat or on foot. In Camogli sea shells adorn the house walls and the castle contains a display of sea creatures. Flower market in Sanremo early mornings. Giardino Hanbury near Ventimiglia. Diano Marino known for its olives and sandy beaches. Visit Andora Castello, inland from Alassio, known as the finest mediaeval building on the western Riviera.

Cultural highlights of the Ligurian Riviera

The 12th Century Church of San Matteo in Genoa, with its striped black and white Gothic facade. The 16th Century Via Garibaldi in Genoa, designed by Cantone. The `Adoration of the Magi` by Joos van Cleve in the Church of San Donato in Genoa. Crucifixion by Van Dyck in the Church of San Michele di Pagana between Santa Margherita and Rapallo.

Festivals in the Ligurian Riviera

Festivals include the Blessing of the Fish in Camogli in May and the Stella Maris procession of boats to the Punta della Chiappa in August. Procession at Montallegro, above Rapallo, is held at the beginning of July. La Spezia holds a `Festa del Mare` on first Sunday in August.  

Gastronomy in the Ligurian Riviera

Local cuisine is influenced by the sea in particular and the mountains to the north. Local specialities include dishes made with pesto for example Trenette al Pesto and Farinata which is a flat bread of chickpea flour and oil, thin like a pancake and eaten as a snack. Pansoti with walnut sauce is a Ligurian speciality of spinach and egg filled pasta with a sauce of nuts, garlic, herbs, ricotta and olive oil.

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