Portofino tourism is possible year round, but is most popular during the summer and the shoulder seasons of late spring and early autumn. The temperatures rarely drop below the freezing mark at night, even in the winter months. For the most part, Portofino enjoys a mild climate with hot and humid summers. One of the reasons that Portofino travel is so popular in the months just before and after summer is because the humidity subsides and the temperatures are even more agreeable. Traveling to this part of the Italian Riviera during this time of the year also means that you will be able to avoid the greatest concentration of tourist traffic, which descends upon the city between May and August.
Even though summer is the busiest time of the year for tourism in Portofino, and generally, on the Italian Riviera, there are also very good reasons for traveling there during this time. Besides the predictably warm weather that is ideal for sunbathing and swimming, some of the best events and festivities also take place during the summer season. People who live in colder regions of the world would even find the winter months in Portofino to be a most pleasant diversion. This is not really too hard to imagine when you consider the resort town’s prime location on the northeast coast of Italy on the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the most popular of these events is Valle Christi Festival in nearby Rapallo, which features all kinds of music, dancing, and other cultural events. Palco sul Mare Festival takes place in downtown Portofino and also features a range of concerts as well as cabaret-style entertainment. Last but not least, the Zegna Trophy is a highly anticipated sailing regatta. People line the harbor to enjoy this amazing event and the feeling in the resort town is even more lively than usual.
For some, dealing with the crowds that pack into the small city during the summer is not worth the hassle. For these people, the late spring and early autumn months may be perfect for Portofino tourism. The humidity that is all pervasive in the summer drops significantly, but the temperatures remain warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities that include diving, boating, and fishing. If you are planning to travel to Portofino during the winter months, be sure to bring along layers and a heavy jacket for being out at night. Alternatively, if you wish to go during peak season, but avoid the crowds anyway, look into a side trip to Santa Margherita Ligure.
No matter when you choose to visit Portofino, you will be able to take advantage of the amazing dining, shopping, and upscale guest accommodations. Besides the lovely villas that line the waterfront, there is also a fine selection of luxury hotels. It is always highly advisable to make your hotel reservations as far in advance as possible to ensure availability and give yourself the best chance for favorable rates. You can expect favorable weather for outdoor activities from mid spring until late autumn and you will never be at a lack of fun things to do. There are activities and attractions that are suitable for people of all ages.