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Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy

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Santa Margherita Ligure is a charming coastal town located in the Liguria region of northern Italy, known for its stunning seaside scenery, colorful buildings, and relaxed atmosphere. While it may be smaller and less well-known than nearby Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure offers its own unique experiences for visitors. One particularly unique experience in Santa Margherita Ligure is exploring the San Fruttuoso Abbey and its underwater statue of Christ of the Abyss.

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  1. San Fruttuoso Abbey: Accessible only by boat or hiking trail, the San Fruttuoso Abbey is a hidden gem nestled in a picturesque bay between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. This medieval abbey dates back to the 10th century and is surrounded by lush greenery and crystal-clear waters. Visitors can explore the abbey's historic church, cloister, and museum, which houses artifacts and artworks depicting the abbey's rich history.

  2. Christ of the Abyss: Just off the coast of San Fruttuoso, submerged in the underwater marine park, lies the iconic bronze statue of Christ of the Abyss. This statue, depicting Jesus with outstretched arms, was placed underwater in 1954 as a memorial to honor those who have lost their lives at sea. Snorkelers and scuba divers can visit the statue in its serene underwater setting, providing a unique and memorable experience.

  3. Boat Excursions: Santa Margherita Ligure is an ideal base for exploring the stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera. Visitors can take boat excursions to nearby attractions such as Portofino, Cinque Terre, and the Gulf of Tigullio. Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and colorful seaside villages, offering a unique perspective of the Ligurian coast.

  4. Local Cuisine: Indulge in the culinary delights of Ligurian cuisine while in Santa Margherita Ligure. Sample fresh seafood dishes such as trofie al pesto (handmade pasta with basil pesto), acciughe al verde (anchovies in green sauce), and fritto misto di mare (mixed fried seafood). Don't forget to pair your meal with a glass of local Ligurian wine, such as Vermentino or Pigato, for a truly authentic dining experience.

  5. Coastal Hiking Trails: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic coastal trails that wind their way along the Ligurian coastline. The Punta Manara Trail offers stunning views of Santa Margherita Ligure and the Gulf of Tigullio, while the Portofino Regional Park boasts a network of trails leading to secluded beaches, lush forests, and panoramic viewpoints.


Overall, Santa Margherita Ligure offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventures for visitors to enjoy. Whether you're exploring historic landmarks, diving to see underwater statues, or savoring local cuisine, Santa Margherita Ligure promises unforgettable experiences along the stunning Italian Riviera.

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Grand Hotel Miramare

Surrounded by the deep blue Mediterranean waters, a lush green park, and an Italian garden, guests are spoilt for choice of views.

Luxury hotel in Santa Margarita

Imperiale Palace Hotel

An elegant, 19th-century villa, lush gardens, a private beach, and a spectacular view across the bay, these are just some of the reasons to choose Imperiale Palace Hotel.

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Hotel Continental

Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure right at the sea with crystal clear water and private beach in the heart of the wonderful Cinque Terre.

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Excelsior Palace Portofino Coast

Featuring panoramic views of Portofino Bay, Excelsior Palace is a luxury 5-star hotel offering 2 restaurants, sun terraces and spacious rooms, many with sea views.


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