Portofino is considered by many
yachtsmen to be the "world's most beautiful small port." From the sea, the
entrance to town is a narrow waterway, usually crowded with yachts and
sailboats. Tall cliffs rise steeply above the port, dotted with expensive villas
and an imposing castle. Along the water, restaurants with outdoor tables and
colorful umbrellas offer refuge to some of Europe's wealthiest and most
discerning pleasure seekers. There are usually beautiful hand-made goods to buy
along the walkway, and the shops along the harbor offer beautiful goods.