The Tigullio Gulf is one of the favourite destination for sailing yacht charters in all the Italian Riviera. To the west, the Mount of Portofino, like the prow of a ship, stretches out in all its beauty to the open sea, majestic in its luxurious green, a natural park which encloses many marvels, rare also for its geological composition: to the north, Apennine rock, an antique inheritance of marine deposits, and to the south, characteristic pudding stone, an aggregation of pebbles which often form the base of sculptural compositions, at times emerging from the water, contrasting with the deep sea-beds. At Paraggi, a little pearl between Portofino and Santa Margherita, the coast suddenly descends to form a wide inlet, bordering one of the most beautiful stretches of Italian Riviera. To the east, the furthest bulwark is Punta Manara which, on one side, overlooks the Baia delle Favole (‘Fairy Tale Bay’), the name of which is a guarantee in itself, and on the other, the Riva Trigoso bay, perhaps the ancient Tigullia Intus of Roman times.
Further on, the coastline rises up and becomes more steep. Rocky cliffs precipitate into the sea, layers of sandstone tilted at angles rise up in sheets from the water and finish in the green of the Mediterranean scrub vegetation. Here, there is a kind of natural "preview" to the Cinque Terre, with the hidden creeks, the narrow little villages almost wedged between the folds of the tall rocky constructions. But before arriving in the province of La Spezia, the Tigullio closes with the last stretch of sandy beach of Moneglia, the first seaside resort in the province of Genoa, starting from the east. Tigullio gulf is perfect not only for a pleasant sailing holiday or luxury motor yacht charter in Italian Riviera, but also for diving. Diving into the waters of the Tigullio gulf is to enter into contact with one of the richest and most fascinating environments in the whole of the Mediterranean. It is the waters of the Portofino Promontory which offer the most intense sensations, with a complete selection of underwater flora and fauna. The show begins on the rocks at a depth of just a few metres, with algae and invertebrates of the most bizarre and fascinating forms. Then, starting from a depth from five to ten metres, close to the sandy seabed, there begins the kingdom of the Posidonia Oceanica. Its colonisation of the area is an important element not only for the scuba diver, but above all for the marine and geological world generally. This plant, with its leaves, tones down the force of the waves and, thus, has an important effect in defending the coasts from the phenomena of erosion. Its presence is also an important ecological indicator of the ideal level of saltiness of the water and of the state of health of the marine environment. The habitat of the Posidonia is a factory of life. The production of organic substances is continuous and constitutes a large attraction for thousands of fish. On the Portofino Promontory, this environment is, rightly, both protected and valued. The only form of hunting permitted is that of photographs. The walls of the cliffs are also of significant interest. This dimly lit environment provides a habitat where red coral flourishes, often sharing the rocky wall and the dark of the abysses with brilliantly coloured sponges, madrepores and other small invertebrates. It is not an exaggeration to say that here, nature has been particularly generous towards those who love underwater environments. Come and discover Tigullio gulf, for an amazing sailing holiday a romantic sailing escape or a real luxury motor yacht charters in the wonderful Italian Riviera.