Travelling Santa Margherita
Santa Margherita Harbour
Santa Margherita on the strikingly beautiful Italian Riviera was undoubtedly one of the best places I visited on my recent cruise on-board MS Ryndam. Sailing on our small tender boat from where the ship was anchored, it’s quaint and colourful buildings seemed to rise up out of the water before my eyes. It is truly one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen.
But on a day where a visiting cruise ship swells the population by 1000 or so camera wielding tourists, I longed for some peace and quiet away from the crowds. Walking just a few streets back from the picture postcard perfect sea-front, I found exactly what I was looking for. Empty streets, quiet cafes and intriguing architecture awaited me, and my love for travelling Santa Margherita grew infinitely.
The streets of Santa Margherita were ever-changing, there seemed to be no pattern or regularity to them, and I adored that. The buildings were all multi-coloured and it seemed as though no two were the same. Some streets were narrow and mysterious, others were spacious and almost perfectly symmetrical. The irregularity was both charming and exciting. I was always left wondering what I would find around the next corner, or at the end of a narrow street – travelling Santa Margherita certainly was a thrilling adventure.
Many buildings are covered in painted frescoes. This reminded me of jet setters favourite Portofino, which is just 15 minutes away by boat. Although Portofino is definitely more mesmorisingly beautiful, it is far smaller, and therefore harder to escape the crowds. As it also attracts the rich and famous, the prices in bars, cafes and restaurants reflect this (8 euros for a diet coke?!). For these simple reasons I ultimately preferred Santa Margherita.
All too quickly it was time to say goodbye to the tranquility of travelling Santa Margherita and the Italian Riviera. But one thing’s for sure – I’ll definitely be back. There’s so many small towns and villages along the coast that I’ve heard are even more beautiful than Santa Margherita and I’m positively dying to explore them. My experience travelling Santa Margherita was an experience I’ll truly never forget.
Emma shares all of her travel adventures, tips and advice on her two websites Emma’s Travel Tales and Emma On Board, as well as writing for a number of other online publications. She has also partnered with many large companies and tourism boards around the world. She’s busy making memories around the world…
I’m Emma, a twenty-something Scottish girl who’s obsessed with travel.
I’ve been to 38 countries so far and had some incredible adventures around the world.
My passion for travel and writing led me to create my person blog Emma’s Travel Tales.