I stayed in Portovenere with Hotel Royal Sporting, but couldn’t resist the famous Cinque Terre – known for its difficult hiking and fabulous views.
Cinque Terre actually means ‘five lands’ and is made up of Monterrosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. These colorful cities are all built into cliffs lining the Mediterranean Sea. There are multiple trails along the coast that all deliver different views.
Royal Sporting suggested we take a boat before our hike in order to see all of the cities from the sea. This is definitely something I’d recommend. Here are the views from the water.
We decided to hike the Blue Trail, which is the most popular among travelers. It is 12 km long, but some people (*cough* us) cut the hike short and only go between two of the cities. We opted for the trip from Monterrosso to Vernazza. Little did I know, this is the most difficult portion of the Blue Trail. The views from up there made the thousands of steps worth it.
After a couple of hours and maybe a little sweat, we made it to Vernazza. Feeling a little hungry, the search for gelato began. Maybe it was an accident or maybe it was on purpose, but the search for gelato didn’t stop after my first cone. Whoops.
Once I compared the gelaterias in town, I put on my suit to relax in the Mediterranean.
We got a workout, we had incredible views, but most importantly, we didn’t fall.
Thanks, Cinque Terre.
If Cinque Terre is on your bucket list…
My five tips for the five lands
1. bring water. This hike is long and there are no fountains along the way.
2. the blue trail costs money. It’s worth it. The views are priceless.
3. dress accordingly. Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather beforehand.
4. don’t forget your swimsuit. Cooling off with a dip in the Mediterranean is a must.
5. eat the gelato. You just finished hours of hiking, treat yourself.