The chic atmosphere of Portofino and Portovenere, the romantic views of Cinque Terre, and the abbey of San Fruttuoso are just a handful of the destinations you can reach from our hotel's front door - and in only minutes!
These trips and excursions will remain in your memories for a lifetime.
And if you wish to take advantage of tours, from Easter time to October, the Hotel Santa Margherita Palace will organize for you excursions by boat to Portofino, to the Portofino park, to Cinque Terre, to Camogli and to San Fruttuoso.
PORTOFINO - 5 KM
Glamorous, refined, sensual: Portofino is all these - and even more! Who knows?
Maybe while you are shopping in an artisan's shop or in a luxurious boutique in the famous piazza, you'll bump into Prince Casiraghi, Roman Abramovich, Gwyneth Paltrow or Monica Bellucci - all frequenters in these parts.
Yet beyond the Dolce Vita on the Riviera, you will find at Portofino so much more: romantic sunsets on the marina, the coffee shops and restaurants that work into the wee hours, and the historical monuments such as the Castle of San Giorgio and the church of San Giorgio.
The many pathways that overlook the sea and offer you the most appreciated spectacle of the Gulf of Tigullio.
PARCO NATURALE DI PORTOFINO - 5 KM
Portofino's nature park has been a national protected area since 1935. It extends itself for 18 kilometrs of which thirteen are along the coast.
Pathways, trips, and excursions will lead you to the discovery of a territory noted for its exceptionally naturalistic interest.
PARAGGI - 3 KM
Paraggi is a little municipality not very far from Santa Margherita. It is famous for its golden, sandy beaches washed by the emerald colored waters of the sea. It is a well-known haunt of VIPs.
Its bathing establishments are the most exclusive on the coast.
RAPALLO - 4 KM
Picturesque and replete with an exuberant vitality, the city of Rapallo is particularly renowned for its seafront that allures the most fashionable of the local areas.
The historical edifices of the borgo and the unassuming shops, the restaurants, and the storefronts that are spread out along the narrow lanes of the city, are characteristically beauteous.
It would be well worth your while to travel to the fifteenth-century castle that today hosts numerous exhibits. Take in the Monastery of the Valle that dates back to 1200 AD.
CAMOGLI - 9 KM
This delightful overmodest town overlooking the sea is just a joy for one's eyes.
The multicolored houses that face the old marina are soothingly quaint.
The rich naturalness of the Gulf of Paradiso that encircles it, renders this borgo a must-see attraction.
Also engrossing is the Castle of the Dragonara that proffers a privileged view upon the intricate alternating of the center's streets.
Not to be forgotten is the Sagra del Pesce (fish fair) that falls on the second Sunday of May.
SAN FRUTTUOSO - 14 KM
There are not many places as suggestive as the Abbey of San Fruttuoso.
A small inlet that is held in by rocky buttresses and the turquoise sea. It is accessible only on foot or via the sea.
The abbey, that dates back to 1000 AD, the church, the Towers of the Doria, and the handful of homes nestled there, all recreate a magical ambiance.
And right here, 18 metres submerged below the sea, one finds the Statue of Christ. Every year, at the end of August, the statue is crowned by scuba divers with laurel.
This ceremony is performed to commemorate those who have been lost at sea.
CINQUE TERRE - 94 KM
The Cinque Terre are officially a patrimony of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). They are formed by: Monterosso, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia and Riomaggiore—five enchanting villages overlooking the sea.
Their distinctive and solar features are set in rocky boulders and immersed in a marine landscape without equal. You must make this trip! Take the Way of Love - a panoramic route that covers all the five municipalities.
PORTOVENERE - 94 KM
A small-sized borgo in the province of La Spezia that surges to the summit of a peninsula that forms the western shore of the so-called “Gulf of Poets” called so because it drew to its banks innumerable poets including Petrarch, Shelly, Byron and Montale.
The Church of San Pietro above the sea and the arcipelago of the islands with Tino, Tinetto and the Palmaria, offer a turquoise sea among the clearest on the Riviera.
The borgo, with its typical houses and the streets which climb up the promontory, gift you with breathless views.
LERICI - 86 KM
Lerici, a picturesque marine borgo that faces towards the Gulf of Poets, possesses a very riveting history.
The medieval structure with typical alleys, shops, and tiny habitations, holds for us many intriguing aspects.
The Jewish ghetto, the Tower of San Rocco, the Castle of Milleduecento, and the splendid shoreline. The small harbor and countless fresh fish restaurants offer an eno-gastronomic excursion that must be experienced.
GENOVA - 31 KM
Genoa is a city flush with monuments and attractions.
The city is vibrant both during the day and at night. Visit the Aquarium that boasts a newly-installed delfinarium.
Admire the Bigo sunset. Ride the panoramic wheel of Genoa. Stroll along the Porto Antico and sip an aperitif in the Piazza of the Herbs—the heart of the Genovese nightlife.