Palmaria

Palmaria: Our most recommended tours and activities

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

1. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Sailing Tour by Speedboat

Explore the beautiful cliffs, beaches, and colorful towns of the Cinque Terre on a sailing tour from La Spezia. You will see all five picturesque villages characterized by pastel-colored houses on a 4-hour speedboat tour. Start your tour from Passeggiata Morin in La Spezia and sail along the western coast of the Gulf of Poets. Admire the beautiful landscape of the four villages that make up the Borgata Marinara. Continue sailing towards Portovenere, where you will cross the Le Bocche, a strait between the town of Portovenere and the wild Palmaria Island. See the magnificent Romanesque church of San Pietro, set among the rocks and overlooking the sea. Discover the unspoiled coves of Le Rosse, Monesteroli, and Punta Pineda along the coastline. Grab a chance to dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre Natural Park. Marvel at the beauty of Monterosso al Mare, the last and most vibrant of the five villages. Here you can enjoy local specialties such as focaccia with anchovies or delicious gelato. Pass through the famous muscle farms while returning to La Spezia. 

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

2. Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

Ride by boat to three different islands all located in the majestic Gulf of Poets. Swim in the Ligurian Sea, and make visits to Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto, and experience untouched natures in a completely unique environment. Snorkel and discover the underwater world, and relax on the boat for a true day at sea. Meet your captain and depart from Portovenere for a day of sightseeing and relaxation. Breathe in the salt air and experience the Torre Scola, a historical ruin that begs to be photographed and discussed. Then, make a swim stop at La Maiella and explore the marine world while snorkeling. Then, head to the lighthouse of Tino Island, where you can see the Madonnina emerge from the TInetto Sea. Find yourself next in the Blue Cave, and take some time to learn about the Church of San Pietro. Notice the nature all around and feel how it calms the nerves of a busy lifestyle. Before heading back to port, discover Saint Peter's Church, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Portovenere: Islands, Caves, and Red Cliffs Boat Tour

3. Portovenere: Islands, Caves, and Red Cliffs Boat Tour

Enjoy this relaxing experience dedicated to authenticity of the most beautiful places in the Gulf of Poets. The major points of interest in which we will come across will be Torre Scola, La Maiella (swim stop), The lighthouse of the Tino Island, The Madonnina emerging from the Tinetto sea, the Blue Cave, the Church of Saint Peter, the Byron Cave and the Red Cliffs (swim stop). In this boat trip you will admire Portovenere and his Islands from an unique point of view. If you are a sea lover, this trip is the best for you!

La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Rental without a Skipper

4. La Spezia: Gulf of Poets Boat Rental without a Skipper

Arrive at the Mirabello port of La Spezia, which has car parking at a cost of 1 euro per hour. Meet a member of staff inside the petrol station who will explain how to reach the Gulf of Poets by sea, give you a map, and answer all your questions. Climb into a boat full of gas. Listen to some brief instructions about how to turn on and drive the boat and all the equipment on board for navigation. Then, set out to explore the Ligurian Sea. Discover the villages of Portovenere and Lerici, as well as the Palmeria, Tino, and Tinetto islands. After a day of exploring, return the boat to the same place and fill it up with gas.

Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

5. Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

Enjoy a relaxing time crossing the entire Gulf dei Poeti and reach the wonderful villages of Santerenzo, Lerici and Tellaro from Portovenere in a beautiful boat. The major points of interest we will come across will be Baia Blu, the village of Santerenzo, Lerici and its incredible castle, La Caletta (swim stop), the bay of Fiascherino, the village of Tellaro and Punta Corvo. Then we will take the Palmaria (swim stop), Tino and Tinetto tour, the three islands of the Arcipelago Spezzino. Near Tinetto Island you can admire also a statue of a white "Madonnina".

La Spezia: Private Tour of The Gulf of Poets

6. La Spezia: Private Tour of The Gulf of Poets

Embark on a unique tour of Ligurian coast. Meet your guide at the Traghetti Terminal in La Spezia. The ferry will take you to the breathtaking Porto Venere. Once there, another boat will whisk you away to the UNESCO World Heritage islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto.  Experience the islands at your own pace, choosing where to eat, and how much time to linger and appreciate each magical location. Your guide will be happy to provide suggestions on where to eat and what to see. Learn why a variety of poets and writers, but especially the English Romantic poets, were drawn to these unique places. See for yourself why poets like Byron, Shelley, Virginia Woolf, and DH Lawrence all dedicated work to this inspiring region. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to La Spezia Traghetti Terminal, where the tour ends.

La Spezia: Porto Venere Private Boat Tour

7. La Spezia: Porto Venere Private Boat Tour

Sail around the Unesco World Heritage site of Porto Venere on this private yacht tour from La Spezia. Go on a full-day or a half-day tour. Board your luxury yacht at the port in La Spezia and set sail. Sit back and relax with a glass of Prosecco and local Italian products. Visit Porto Venere, a settlement that was established by the Ligures in the sixth century BC. Explore the village and immerse yourself in its history. On the full-day tour, you will also visit the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Check out the villages of Lerici and Tellaro, where you'll have the opportunity to do some cave snorkeling. On the half-day trip, you won't be getting off the boat to visit Porto Venere and Lerici on foot and lunch is not included.

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What people are saying about Palmaria

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 342 reviews

Excellent tour for anyone who only has one day to visit the Cinque Terre. Well organized, the meeting point is easy to find, courteous staff with a trilingual Italian, French and English guide. The stops at the 3 stops pass quickly because the restaurants fill up and many close around 4:00 p.m. It is therefore sometimes difficult to find a restaurant without a queue and with fast service. I highly recommend this tour!

I was with 3 others and we all really enjoyed the boat trip. I was a little concerned by the pics that the boat would be too small and not smooth, but it held 12 people comfortably and was smooth. I loved seeing the towns and cliffs from the water. We stopped for a swim and visited Monterosso, which was fantastic. The skipper was very friendly. He provided some information about the area. Definitely recommend!

Great way to see Cinque Terre. Boat ride was excellent gives you a great perspective from the ocean. All three spot tops gave us plenty of time to Miller round have a late lunch and a snack. Wonderful trip!

Great boat tour of Cinque Terre with an unexpected stop for an hour in Monterosso.

Good day, which allows to have a global bridge on the five lands…. Very nice boat…