The National Park of Cinque Terre is a treasure chest of manmade beauties: terracing devoted to vineyards and villages perched on the sea. For the beauty of the landscape of this popular area of the Eastern Riviera, the Cinque Terre have been included in the list of World Heritage Sites by Unesco.
With its network of over 100 Km of trails, the Cinque Terre offer the possibility to choose between simple trails and trails for experienced hikers. The beauty of the terraced landscape surrounds these paths: your walks will be framed by vineyards, ancient villages, Mediterranean scrubland, vertical slopes and oak and chestnut forests. Thanks to the mild climate, the trails are enjoyable all year round.
In addition to hiking, the large network of footpaths allows the following outdoor activities: trail running, Nordic walking and mountain biking. Within the Marine Protected Area you can kayak, snorkel and dive and practice open water swimming along specified routes.
Here follow 2 tour proposals:
PROPOSAL 1: WEEKEND HIKING CINQUE TERRE (2 days/1 night):
DAY 1: Hike from Levanto to Monterosso. The path starts from the castle of Levanto to get on the promontory of Punta Mesco, western boundary of the National Park and beautiful view point of the five towns. After reaching the summit of the promontory, between olive trees, Mediterranean plants and the remains of an abbey of the sixteenth century, the trail comes down to Monterosso, the largest village of the Park and the only one with a shingle beach in front of a along the beautiful clear sea (3 hours, elevation gain and loss of about 350 m).
DAY 2: Hike- Corniglia, Volastra and Manarola
Corniglia is the only village of the Cinque Terre to rise on a promontory overlooking the sea and it has no harbour. From here a steep path leads, through the vineyards, to one of the most scenic areas of the park: walking on the walls of the terraces you reach the ancient village of Volastra, where there is one of the twelfth century Marian Shrines of the Park. Along a steep staircase, climbed in the past by farmers and pilgrims, you reach Manarola, also home to the “Cantina Sociale”, the wine cellar, of the National Park (3 hours, elevation gain and loss of about 300 m).
PROPOSAL 2: CINQUE TERRE and PORTOVENERE (3 days/2 nights)
DAY 1 and DAY 2: as WEEKEND HIKING CINQUE TERRE
DAY 3: Hike from Riomaggiore to Portovenere. Hike along the path which links the Cinque Terre to Portovenere. From the Sanctuary of Montenero (on the heights of Riomaggiore) you will follow the path that will lead you through breath-taking panoramic views up to Campiglia. In the afternoon descent to Portovenere.
EASTERN RIVIERA (4 days/3 nights)
DAY 1, DAY 2 and DAY 3: as Cinque Terre and Portovenere
DAY 4: The eastern margin of Liguria includes the wonderful “Gulf of Poets” with the village of Portovenere and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. The medieval town, a UNESCO site and protected by a Nature Park together with the three islands, is still surrounded by the original medieval walls and by a lush vegetation. On the island of Palmaria, accessible by small local boats, the walking trail leads to discover the remains of the marble quarries by walking through the scents of the Mediterranean scrubs (3 hours, elevation gain and loss of about 250 m).