Popular Accommodations in Cinque Terre
Highlights in Cinque Terre
- Church of San Giovanni Battista from the 14th century
- Sciacchetrà dessert wine from Manarola
- Gigantic stone figures in Monterosso
- Port and medieval castle in Vernazza
- Art in the Museo Amedeo Lia in La Spezia
Most popular in Cinque Terre
Vacation rentals in Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre region offers you a number of holiday apartments in a dream location in a total of five villages which nestle gently on the slopes of the national park. From such an apartment with terrace you have a wonderful view of the sea below and the picturesque vineyards. For a holiday at the seaside we recommend a vacation rental in Monterosso al Mare, where there is a small sandy beach. Otherwise, any holiday accommodation in Cinque Terre is a perfect starting point for hiking and mountain biking.Enjoy magnificent views and leisure time in the garden
Most of the apartments in Cinque Terre offer you an open space, such as a terrace or a garden, where you can really relax after an extended excursion through the national park. If you also want to jump into the cool water, we recommend a vacation rental with pool. Since the journey by car is difficult in many villages due to the narrow village lanes, many landlords offer a shuttle service. In this way you can leave your car at home and simply travel by train.
Holiday in Cinque Terre
Location and orientation
Cinque Terre is a coastline in Italy located on the Italian Riviera, between Punta di Montenero and Punta Mesco. It is located in the region of Liguria, northwest of La Spezia. Translated Cinque Terre means "five villages", which is true, as there are five small villages along the coast called Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Manarola. These are located in the terrain incisions of the steep mountain range towards the sea. The region has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997 and has been designated a National Park.
Travelers and Activities
Those who travel to Cinque Terre should bring good shoes and a camera. Exploring the National Park on foot is a truly unique experience. Visit the five villages, preferably via the Via dell´Amore hiking trail, which links the villages along the coast. On the way you will discover the charming landscape of narrow paths through vineyards and olive groves as well as the constant view of the sea and the steep coast.A paradise for mountain bikers
The Cinque Terre National Park can also be explored by mountain bike. For this you will be offered different routes, such as the 24 kilometre Volastra Tour. On the way you will have a magnificent view of the roofs of the villages of Manarola, Corniglia and Riomaggiore. The starting point and end point of the mountain bike route is the village square in Volastra.
Cinque Terre means "five countries".
Things to know
The inhabitants of Cinque Terre live partly from winegrowing, which produces excellent wines due to the favourable climatic conditions. Olives and citrus fruits are also important agricultural products in Cinque Terre. In addition, fishing has been of great importance to the inhabitants of the region for centuries. Let a fish dish drizzled with olive oil and lemons melt on your tongue and enjoy a glass of wine with it.Insider tip: coastal train ride
If you arrive by car, miss out on one of the most beautiful views you can get by train. The train ride along the coastal strip is a real attraction and shows you impressive tunnels, views of the sea as well as of all five villages and the adjacent beach resorts.
Top 5 travel tips for Cinque Terre - Enjoy great hikes and romantic bathing bays
In Riomaggore you can experience the charming natural landscape and the turquoise blue sea to the full. Cultural highlights in the coastal town of around 1,600 inhabitants are the pretty church of San Giovanni Battista built in 1340 and the beautiful parish church of Natività di Maria Vergine.
Manarola shines with the beautiful church of Chiesa San Lorenzo, built in 1338. The small fishing village of around 450 inhabitants has also been known since Roman times for its sweet dessert wine Sciacchetrà, which you can taste here in a restaurant or buy in the traditional shops of the village.
In the biggest village of the Cinque Terre, in Monterosso, you can look forward to a wonderful old town and the medieval church San Giovanni Battista. One of the highlights of Monterosso is the Gigante, a stone figure carved from the mountain rock that once held a dance terrace. In the summer season all villages except Corniglia can be reached by ferry.
4. Those who spend their holidays in Cinque Terre should definitely plan a day trip to Vernazza. Whether as part of a hike or a city stroll, in the second northernmost town of the Cinque Terre you can admire the colourfully painted houses, a picturesque harbour and a medieval castle (Castello di Vernazza) on a cliff about 70 meters high. In the charming fishing village the churches Chiesa di Santa Margherita and Chiesa di San Francesco await you.
5. The nearest city, La Spezia, is also suitable as an excursion destination. Here you will find numerous shopping opportunities and art lovers will find some great museums, such as the Museo Amedeo Lia, which exhibits important works of art.