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... They are also connected by train that travels in a tunnel. So one can either travel between them by train, and miss the views, or walk.
We are including two days on this post as we arrived home so late from the above adventure and were done for. Additionally the next day was a rather short trip to the seaside village of Porto Venere. This is a pretty tourist town, although a number of yachts make this there home base, and we saw evidence of aqua ...
... that doesn't have a spectacular view of Portofino. The castle has saved Portofino a few times over the centuries in 1432 from Venetian galleys, Napoleon until he lost power and then by Alfonso von Mumm and his wife, from the Germans in 20thC. It's a beautiful setting with stunning aspects of Portofino and given the day we've just had probably the best view of the place I've seen. Blue skies definitely help though.
... again and we had a good laugh mainly at my expense. The next day we caught the train to the remaining 2 towns we has missed the day before. Comarilis is the only one located off the coast on top of a headland. It had the most magnificent views along the coast and is currently one of the only parts of the walking track that is open to the public. There were people from all ages and backgrounds enjoying the walk and really made us feel fat and unfit as we sat back ...
... and we decided to go for the biggest one as it had a good outdoor eating area and room for both a dinghy and two jetskis).
We wandered along the front and found somewhere nice right on the water for lunch.
After lunch we went and explored the fort (all free) and the ...
... I can't help but jump in for a dip. I look like a fool hobbling over the slippery pebbles to try get out deep. It is, again, a super hot day.
In Manarola we have another quick look around. Here there are big rocks you can jump off into the ocean to prevent the horrific pebble-trodding embarrassment.