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Hotel Piccolo Portofino

Hotel Piccolo Portofino

Via Duca degli Abruzzi 31, Portofino
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 3 hours ago
4.4 out of 5 (370 reviews)

Situated in Portofino, this beach hotel is steps away from Portofino Marina and Church of St. Martin. Church of San Giorgio and Castello Brown are also within ...

£81

£81
Grand Hotel Miramare

Grand Hotel Miramare

Via Milite Ignoto 30, Santa Margherita Ligure
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 2 hours ago
8 others viewing this property now
4.8 out of 5 (308 reviews)

This family-friendly Santa Margherita Ligure hotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Marina di Santa Margherita and Santa Margherita Ligure ...

£159

£159
LHP Hotel Santa Margherita Palace

LHP Hotel Santa Margherita Palace

Via Roma 9, Santa Margherita Ligure
5.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 14 hours ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (192 reviews)

These hotels are located throughout the area in Santa Margherita Ligure.

£91

£91
Eight Hotel Portofino

Eight Hotel Portofino

Via del Fondaco, 11, Portofino
4.0 out of 5.0
3 others viewing this property now
4.5 out of 5 (37 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of St. Martin and Portofino Marina. Church of San Giorgio and Castello Brown are ...

£234

£234
Hotel Blu di Te

Hotel Blu di Te

Via Favale, 30, Santa Margherita Ligure
4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (58 reviews)

Situated in Santa Margherita Ligure, this hotel is steps away from Villa Durazzo and Marina di Santa Margherita. Santa Margherita Ligure Castle and Castello ...

£122

£122
Hotel dell'Orto

Hotel dell'Orto

piazza nostra signora dell'orto 3, Chiavari
3.0 out of 5.0
2 others viewing this property now

Situated in Chiavari, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Chiavari Beach and Porto di Lavagna. Lavagna Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

£58

£58
Hotel Continental

Hotel Continental

Via Pagana, 8, Santa Margherita Ligure
4.0 out of 5.0
Last booking: 4 days ago
1 others viewing this property now
4.4 out of 5 (133 reviews)

Located in Santa Margherita Ligure, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Castello di Punta Pagana and Santa Margherita ...

£72

£72
Hotel Sant'Andrea

Hotel Sant'Andrea

Via Belvedere 10/2, Santa Margherita Ligure
3.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (54 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Santa Margherita Ligure Castle, Villa Durazzo and Marina di Santa Margherita. Castello di Punta ...

£68

£68
Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi

Hotel Cenobio Dei Dogi

Via Nicolò Cuneo, 34, Camogli
4.0 out of 5.0
1 others viewing this property now
4.7 out of 5 (151 reviews)

Located in Camogli, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Camogli Beach, Marina di Camogli and Basilica Santa Maria Assunta. ...

£87

£87
Hotel Miramare

Hotel Miramare

Via Cappellini 9, Sestri Levante
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (141 reviews)

Located in Sestri Levante, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Church of San Niccolo, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lavagna Beach ...

£98

£98

Pocket Guide: Castello Brown Castello Brown Hotels

Stay near Castello Brown

High above Portofino's harbour, Castello Brown is a 16th-century castle open to the public. From its lush-green terrace, Castello Brown has impressive views over the village's colourful buildings, the tiny harbour and the Mediterranean Sea. With its location above Portofino, it's no surprise that this fairytale castle is a popular setting for weddings, meetings, parties and conferences.

Whether you're attending an event at Castello Brown or you just want to explore it, there are plenty of top-notch places to stay near Castello Brown in this beautiful corner of the Italian Riviera. From stunning historic hotels to upmarket spa resorts to farmhouse B&Bs, there's no shortage of high-quality accommodation options.

Visiting Castello Brown

Reach this hilltop castle with a steep walk uphill through scenic gardens. Set in a picture-pretty Mediterranean garden filled with roses and pergolas, grand Castello Brown has a few pieces of original furniture, sculptures and paintings. But the magical view from its gardens is the real headline attraction. Continue your sightseeing by following a path from Castello Brown to Portofino's lighthouse, which is just a ten-minute walk away.

History of Castello Brown

Built in the Middle Ages to defend Portofino against pirates, Castello Brown has a perfect defence position, high above harbour. Cannon batteries were installed on the site in the early 16th century, and down the centuries, Castello Brown has been enlarged and rebuilt several times.

In 1867, Montague Yeats Brown, a British diplomat in Genoa, bought Castello Brown for 7,000 lire and turned it into a private villa. It was then that the fortress became known as Castle Brown. The home stayed in Brown's family until 1949 when it was sold to an English couple, Colonel and Mrs John Baber, who then sold it to the City of Portofino. The fortress opened its doors to visitors in 1961.

Stay within easy reach of the must-see Castello Brown to make the most of your stay in the Portofino area.