Turquoise blue shutters, colourful flower boxes and cobbled, winding streets. This postcard is waiting for you when you walk along the Ligurian coast. The popular holiday region by the sea in Italy offers you an unspoilt landscape to walk along.
The Cinque Terre is one of the most popular hiking areas in Europe, crossed by olive groves, beautiful mountain villages and many vineyards. The winding mule tracks take hikers deep into the Ligurian countryside and the mainland coast reveals the glittering Mediterranean.
Details about a walking holiday in the Cinque Terre
After arriving in Camogli, the hike begins with a stage to a deserted bay. There you will find the Gothic Monastery of San Fruttuoso. After the visit, walk to Portofino, a picturesque coastal town.
Between Sestri Levante and Moneglia, you will find gentle slopes and beautiful natural impressions. In addition, the promontory from Punta Manara to Riva Trigoso is not far away.
The highlights of this walking holiday at a glance:
Portofino: The idyllic fishing village on the Italian Rivera is a place for the rich and beautiful. In the small harbour, holidaymakers can admire many yachts and boats every year
Monterosso: After a short walk, you will reach Levanto and then Monterosso. A magical village with colourful houses right by the sea.
Interesting facts about hiking in the Cinque Terre
You will always have the sea in sight during the Cinque Terre walking tour in Liguria. Explore the coast of Italy for eight days and be amazed by one panorama after another. Nevertheless, self-confidence and a good basic condition are an advantage. The trails are sometimes rocky and narrow and take three to six hours through the Italian villages.
From Camogli, you walk to the Gothic monastery of San Fruttuoso in a deserted bay. You walk via a challenging route high above the sea or via an easier path over the promontory of Portofino. Your route leads from San Fruttuoso with stunning views of Portofino, a particularly picturesque coastal town.
From Rapallo, take the bus to the sanctuary of Montallegro, 600 meters above sea level. During a high-altitude walk with a beautiful view over the Gulf of Tigullio, you will reach the old town of Chiavari. Then take the train to the picturesque town of Sestri Levante.
The walk between Sestri Levante and Moneglia is an absolute insider tip! The deserted coastal landscape with its slopes that slope steeply to the sea offers wonderful impressions of nature. You first walk over the Punta Manara promontory to Riva Trigoso, then over to Monte Moneglia to the beautiful seaside town of Moneglia.
In the morning you will first go from Framura to Bonassola. Then you will go to Levanto via a small pass, your location for the next three days. Then you will walk on a panoramic path to Monterosso, a magical village with colourful houses right on the sea. From the lighthouse in Punta Mesco, you can see the whole area of the impressive Cinque Terre for the first time.
Today the route runs from Monterosso to Corniglia, the classic among the Cinque Terre trails in your program. The coastal landscape with its old villages and steep vineyard terraces has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. Time and again you have a unique view of wine terraces, lemon and olive groves, farms and colourful places.
The hike from Riomaggiore to Portovenere is the last highlight of your hiking week. Take a leisurely stroll through wine terraces and pine forests. Picturesque Portovenere inspires with its colourful houses. If the weather conditions are favourable, you can take a boat along the coast from Cinque Terre back to Monterosso and see the walking routes of the last few days from the sea.
ca. 4,5 hours
Return trip or extension
The panoramic walks often lead along rocky and narrow paths. They last between 3 and 6 hours a day. Longer descents run along stairs. All walks can be shortened by train.