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Pocket Guide: Portofino 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.