Santa Margherita Ligure offers a wide choice of sporting activities: sailing, yachting, diving and canoeing, if your playground of choice is the sea; golf, trekking, running, tennis and horse riding if you prefer terra firma. Right here at the Miramare, you can savour a vigorous dip in the pool, take swimming lessons (on payment, on request), or enjoy a free aquarobics session from the beach in front of the hotel.
Golf and Tennis
RAPALLO GOLF AND TENNIS CLUB
Grand Hotel Miramare guests can use the facilities at the Rapallo Golf and Tennis Club. The 18-hole, 110-acre course enjoys a beautiful leafy setting that forms the habitat for a great many species of bird. The surroundings are quite breathtaking, especially on hole 7, with the unique and unforgettable views of old Valle Christi monastery.
Rapallo Golf Club is certified disabled-friendly.
SANTA MARGHERITA LIGURE SAILING CLUB
Santa Margherita Ligure Sailing Club, based at the Casa del Mare on the Calata del Porto waterfront, has been holding regattas and meetings of national and international renown since 1952.
It organises the Pirelli – Coppa Carlo Negri regattas jointly with the Italian Yacht Club (YCI) and the annual Dinghy and Laser class Tigullio Championship. It is also behind the Lui & Lei, a Dinghy classic for one-man-one-woman crews, and the Nonno & Nipote, where seasoned helmsmen sail with their neophyte grandson or -daughter.
DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF THE SEABED
Santa Margherita Ligure and the neighbouring towns have several diving centres offering courses and guided tours of the magnificent seabeds in the Portofino Natural Protected Marine Area.
The area’s 3 protected zones span about 8 miles of coast. The shape of the seabed is fascinating here, with sheer walls and an extraordinary wealth of underwater life. In particular, Zone B – from Portofino’s Punta del Faro to Punta Chiappa, in the village of San Rocco di Camogli – is the divers’ favourite, with its thriving marine wildlife, especially the array of animal species and the riot of violescent sea-whip. This is also where you can find the remarkable submerged bronze statue, the Christ of the Abyss.
For safety reasons and to safeguard the environment, these places can be explored only with an authorised guide.
IN PORTOFINO REGIONAL NATURAL PARK
With its 50 miles of paths roaming through 3,700 acres of fine country, Portofino Park is a real paradise for all hiking enthusiasts. Its varied trails offer both relaxing, easy strolls and real challenges for dedicated trekkers.
Suitably armed with stout walking boots, you can explore the dense network of paths to discover wild landscapes and panoramic viewpoints, stunning cliffs and beautiful bays, passing through rural hamlets and coastal villages awash with art and history. And the flora in Portofino Park counts over 900 species.
The Portofino promontory enjoys an especially mild climate, making it an ideal walking destination all year round.
On the seaside
Santa Margherita Ligure has been on the calendar for Italian and European runners and trailers for some years now. The “Two Pearls” International Half Marathon in February and the Portofino Trail in November are unmissable for lovers of running in beautiful surroundings. A quick jog along the coastline will explain why.