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Palmaria: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

1. Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza Boat Cruise

Experience the Cinque Terre coast by boat and take in gorgeous views of vineyards terraces and charming buildings from the sea. Make time to stop at Riomaggiore, Monterosso, and Vernazza along the way. Start at La Spezia's harbor and sail through the Gulf of the Poets admiring the magnificent village of Portovenere and the island of Palmaria from the boat. Reach the first village of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, passing by the mesmerizing coastline with its famous terraced vineyard landscape and colorful houses. The city is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Here, visit the imposing church of San Giovanni Battista with your guide and enjoy some free time to stroll through the narrow streets. In Monterosso al Mare, explore the medieval historic center and marvel at the parish church dedicated to St. John, the Baptist. Then continue the sailing to Vernazza, the pearl of the Cinque Terre. Vernazza presents itself to visitors as the prow of a ship: most of the village is in fact built on a small promontory that ends at the sea with an imposing fortification system. At the end of the tour, enjoy free time and take the chance to taste the local wine and food, or go for a swim in the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean.

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.

La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

3. La Spezia: Boat Tour to Cinque Terre

Discover the beautiful Cinque Terre National Park on a guided boat tour in La Spezia. Enjoy picturesque views of the coast as you explore the village of Riomaggiore and find a cozy tavern for lunch. Swim in the waters of Palmaria island before admiring the colorful houses of Porto Venere. Make your way to Porto Mirabello in La Spezia to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Get on board your boat and wave goodbye to the coast as you set sail on the Ligurian Sea. Feel the excitement as you approach the first village in the Cinque Terre National Park, making port at Riomaggiore. Be blown away by this idyllic harbor and stroll along the paths under charming colorful houses. Have 2 hours of free time to explore and find somewhere to eat. Depart from Riomaggiore and make your way along the coast to Porto Venere and the island of Palmaria. Jump off the boat to swim in the serene waters and bring a snorkel along to meet the tropical fish. Disembark at Porto Venere with more free time to go sightseeing before returning to La Spezia.

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

4. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

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: Gulf of Poets Boat Rental without a Skipper

6. 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.

La Spezia: 7-Hour Boat Rental Without Skipper

7. La Spezia: 7-Hour Boat Rental Without Skipper

Welcome aboard our Blumax! Perfect boat to explore the beautiful Ligurian coast with your friends and family. The boat is located at the Mirabello port of La Spezia. The boat is 5.70 meters long and has a 40 horsepower engine, therefore it can also be driven by those who do not have a nautical license. Bluline can accommodate up to a maximum of 6 people in all comfort. On board it has an awning, bow sundeck and all on-board equipment for navigation within 3 miles. The Mirabello port of La Spezia has an internal paid parking, cost € 1.00 per hour. From La Spezia you can reach destinations such as Portovenere and the Palmaria island and sailing west from the port of La Spezia you can reach Lerici and Tellaro; exiting the Gulf, you go towards Le Grazie where there are some of the most beautiful sailing ships currently in circulation You will travel along the coast of the Gulf of Poets, where you can admire Tellaro, Fiascherino, Lerici and the islands of Palamaria: Tino and Tinetto.

La Spezia: Private Tour of The Gulf of Poets

8. 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

9. 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 211 reviews

We found the cruise clean and the staff welcoming and knowledgeable. The times were respected. Nice opportunity to visit the Cinque Terre from the sea!

Good organisation. Departure on time. Friendly crew. Clean boat. Translation into several languages including French I recommend

Excellent activated! Ideal for a day of relaxation: boating, swimming, a walk in Monterosso with enough time for a restaurant.

Positive experience, very kind staff with great professionalism, respected schedules, ok guides.

So recommend this personal experience. Loved having the boat almost to ourselves!