Cinque Terre: information and tips about Cinque Terre, beaches, coasts, sea and tourist destination for your holidays in Cinque Terre.
Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola e Riomaggiore: these are the villages included in the Cinque Terre, one of the most valued place in the Ligurian Region, declared Unesco World Heritage site in 1997.
The Cinque Terre are, in turn, included in the homonymous National Park and the corresponding expanse of sea, between Punta Mesco and Punta di Montenero, is a Natural Marine Protected Area.
On the whole, it comprises more than eighteen kilometers of coastline: though being rocky, the coast has numerous beaches and bays at the back of which a mountain range rises offering a magic panorama. Beaches are generally small-sized; the largest is in Fegina, the new area of Monterosso, and is made up of gravel and smooth pebbles. In the other villages little, discrete stretches of sand prevail; in Coniglia, the beach of Guvano is a naturist one.
Several sports can be done in Cinque Terre, first of all diving sports: you can dive to discover the uncontaminated seabed populated by many species of fish. With regard to this, sea-watching is increasingly growing in popularity; sailing courses are also appreciated. In any time of the year, you can often happen to see amateurs of fishing doing this activity on the docks or aboard private boats; tourists can also do it, provided that they comply with the rules of the sea reserve.
For those who love trekking, horse riding, or mountain biking, there are exciting paths to follow in Cinque Terre; among the most popular we can mention the Sentiero Azzurro, with its wonderful sights offered to tourists who choose to come here all the year round.