Human intervention in this former fishing village is limited to a few hotels, restaurants and ville.The only hotel directly at the foot of Monte Conero in the whole coast is the ancient Napoleonic fortress: the Hotel Fortino.
Popular tourist destination, the Bay of Portonovo is surrounded by beautiful landscape of the island. The territory of Portonovo, an integral part of the Conero, a mountain inhabited since prehistoric times, it follows the fortunes Piceno, Doric, Roman, Byzantine, Papal, French, and finally Italian. A single track of monastic life that distinguished this area in the Middle Ages, with hermits in search of silence and solitude, is the beautiful church of S. Maria, a masterpiece of Romanesque 'XI century. Along its beach, ancient landing place and docking of Turkish ships, meet significant historical evidence: the Watchtower was built in 700 in defense of the pirates and our Napoleonic Fort, an ancient military stronghold, became, in the late 60, the well-known hotel and restaurant 4 stars.
Jewel of the Regional Park of Monte Conero and blue flag, Portonovo relaxing in a natural environment still intact, where the Mediterranean touches the crystal clear water of the sea. The beach, which was formed by a landslide from large floor in ancient times, the shining white stone pebbles Conero, smoothed by the waves continuously. Two brackish lakes, around which orbit many legends, enrich a unique environment, which has become part of the nature reserve.