For stunning scenery, a slow pace of life, numerous walking trails and an authentic Italian feel, look no further than Cinque Terre. This mountainous region on the Italian Riviera coastline is made up of five fishing villages (hence the name), all with their own charm and personality.
If you enjoy hiking and seeing the world from up above, Cinque Terre is your place. The main attraction in this part of Italy is the wild, rugged landscape that offers breathtaking views of the water.
Novice hikers can embark on the Sentiero Azzurro (aka the Blue Trail), a 12-kilometer-long path that links all five villages. If you’re travelling with your other half, this walk features many a romantic spot
For those seasoned trekkers visiting Cinque Terre, you might want to challenge yourself by following the Sentiero Rosso (red trail). At 35 kilometers long, this trail requires quite a lot more stamina than the Blue Trail. But they gorgeous views and photo ops will make the exertion well worth it.
Cinque Terre beaches may be small, but they’re still charming. Snorkelling and diving off the coast is a popular activity here, and you can easily while away the afternoon on a rented lounge chair under the sun.
Because it’s built into the mountains and made up almost entirely of steps, Cinque Terre isn’t the best place to visit if you have mobility issues.
That said, if you enjoy travelling by foot, Cinque Terre is an absolute dream. There are restrictions on cars here, which means that the villages are almost entirely pedestrianised. There are also train and boat services that connect the villages.