Portofino, Italy

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One of the main attractions of Portofino is its stripped-back lifestyle, with this charming town on the Ligurian coast being notable for its superb beaches, classy harbour and sophisticated atmosphere. Aside from these main characteristics, there is little else clogging up the streets of this wonderfully relaxed destination, making it the perfect place to head to if you're looking to get away from it all.

When in town, you're more than likely to spend the majority of your time on the beach or exploring the harbour, which is famous for its incredibly picturesque views and charming ambience. The cafes and restaurants here are known for their high-class vibe, and while they may be a little pricey, they certainly serve up some refined dishes.

Those who do want to get active and do a little exploring, meanwhile, should be sure to visit the Castello Brown, a quirky fort which is about a ten-minute walk from the harbour and once acted as the town's main defence in the 16th century.

Portofino is also a good place to base yourself if you want to explore some of the other towns on the Ligurian coast. Nearby Nervi, for example, is home to a number of top attractions such as the Galleria d'Arte Moderna.

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