Life is so hard when you are on holiday. After a week my light skin is completely burn so after ages I decide to skip the beach and go out for an excursion to the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) by boat with a friend.
The 5 Terre are a strings of 5 villages long the Ligurian Riviera, and since 1997 were recognized by Unesco Mankind’s World Heritage site.
We took the boat (daily pass 27 euro) from Portovenere at 8:45 to the first land, Riomaggire (30 min trip)
There is only one main street where you can find numerous restaurants, bars and shops. Also there is a harbour, a rocky beach, a castle, a church and a pharmacy. and a dozen restaurants.
At 11:35 we took the boat again.
After 10 minutes we were to Manarola.
Manarola may be the oldest and smaller of the Cinque Terre.
It’s also have one main street and a small harbour where you can swim.
The name “Manarola” is probably dialectical evolution of the Latin, “magna rota”. In the Manarolese dialect this was changed to “magna roea” which means “large wheel”, in reference to the mill wheel in the town. (Thanks Wikipedia)
The next land is Corniglia.
Unfortunately I didn’t visit this land because is not directly adjacent to the sea.
To arrive in Corniglia you gotta hoof it up the 365 steps because Its built above the sea on the cliffs.
At 12:40 we took the boat again and 15 minutes later we were to Vernazza.
Vernazza is my favorite land. Its beauty comes from the church built on the water, also has a castle, the remains of the old wall that protected against pirates and an amazing waterfront piazza.
We decide to spent a couple of hours here for a bit of relax, eat a slice of focaccia and enjoy the spit of sand that I like to call beach.
At 15:30 we left Vernazza. We spent 10 minutes to arrive to the last and bigger land Monterosso.
Ladies and Gentlemen Monterosso is different!!! Why?? Because, as the bigger of the five, Its has many streets, Its landscape isn’t as vertical as the others lands and is divided into two distinct parts with a single tunnel in “Old Town” and “New Town”.
The beach at Monterosso is the only extensive sand beach in the Cinque Terre and runs along most of the coast line.
At 17:50 we took the last boat to back to Portovenere.
How we arrived to Portovenere, we were completely death but happy. But the trip shouldn’t finish without a happy hour at Bar Atlantic 😉