Cinque Terre is a Unesco site heritage in the Italian Riviera that consists of five different villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.
The villages are situated in the region of Liguria and even though each of them is very unique, in all of them you will find beautiful colourful houses, great food, terraced fields that lead to the sea and great hiking paths.
Monterosso is probably the village with the highest amount of tourists. It wasn’t as charming as the others as it was the flattest and most crowded one of them. It is the only village with a beach which draws the sunseekers.
Vernazza was the place where we stayed and we loved it. It was the smallest village but there was a lot to do and see and everything was handy. The small harbour invites visitors to sit down by the rocks and go swimming. You will also find a pirate tower and beautiful paths in the mountains from where to get an incredible view of the coast.
Manarola was my favourite village. It is probably the most picturesque one out of the five. It also has a little harbour where you could go swimming. To get away from the busy swimming spot around the harbour, follow the coastal path towards Corniglia and a small boat launch provides a much quieter place. If you go there don’t forget to visit its cemetery situated high above the sea.
Corniglia is the only village that doesn’t lead to the sea. It is situated high above a cliff and for that reason there are not as many tourists in there which makes it more relaxing if you are looking for a quiet spot where you could relax. It is worth mentioning that there are over 300 steps to get you from the train station up to the village although there is also a bus for the faint hearted.
Riomaggiore is the biggest village and the most fun to explore as its different hiking paths in its mountains are the perfect place in which to get lost and just enjoy the view of the coast and its beautiful houses.
If you go to Cinque Terre don’t forget to try the local specialty, trofie al pesto and sardines.