Cinque Terre summer holidays Explore the 'Five Lands' of Liguria
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Cinque Terre, meaning ‘Five Lands’, is dominated by five stunning villages. Nestled in the mountains, Corniglia, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Manarola and Vernazza are circled by idyllic vineyards and framed by the spectacular Mediterranean sea. The contrast between the imposing mountains and the coastline mark Cinque Terre as one of Liguria’s most stunning areas. Holidaymakers can expect breathtaking sunrises over the olive groves, and awe-inspiring sunsets over the harbour. Traditionally, transport access to Cinque Terre has been notoriously difficult. Vehicles are not permitted beyond the entrances to the villages, and visitors must climb 1 kilometre to reach civilisation! However, many consider this one of the area’s advantages, adding to the serene, and secluded, atmosphere.
Having spent the afternoon exploring spectacular scenery framed by lemon groves and vineyards, or trawling along the coastline observing the busy fishermen, retire to your HomeAway accommodation for a relaxing evening. Cater your search to find your ideal villa in Cinque Terre, whether it is replete with a swimming pool, veranda, or a large garden area perfect for a long brunch in the glorious Italian sun. Cinque Terre is also a perfect base from which to explore the wider region of Liguria, home to some of Italy’s finest beaches and enchanting medieval towns.
Top five destinations in Cinque Terre
Perhaps the most striking feature of Monterosso are the exceptional statues in the rock face overlooking the dazzling Mediterranean sea. The unique, rock-embedded statues enthral numerous visitors annually. Explore the rugged coastline or climb down to the village’s beach. Find an idyllic picnic spot or cool down in the water, before exploring the village centre. For an insight into the village’s medieval heritage, visit the ruins of the castle. Alternatively, tour the gorgeous churches, such as the Church of San Francesco and the Church of San Giovanni Battista.
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The gorgeous village of Corniglia is considered an ideal destination for holidaymakers wishing to explore the area’s sun-kissed vineyards and picturesque groves. Moreover, travellers keen to retrace the medieval history of the region can explore the village’s historical development. Visit the Belvedere Santa Maria and La Torre, recognised as two pinnacle lookout points during the middle ages. The village’s attractive square provides holidaymakers with excellent vantage points of the region. Enjoy a traditional Italian lunch, or a glass of locally produced wine, whilst you experience panoramic views of the region which have mesmerised lovers of beauty for ages.
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Holidaymakers residing in the village of Vernazza can trawl the dazzling promenade. The stretch offers travellers a beautiful route along the village’s portion of the coast. In fact, there's ample opportunity to explore the coastline, and Cinque Terre’s ‘Via dell’Amore’ or ‘Lovers’ Lane’, which connects Riomaggiore with Monterrosso, and can be reached from Vernazza. Moreover, the village’s square borders the water, enabling visitors the opportunity to relax and unwind in the evening, and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean. For exceptional views of the area, climb the tower of the village’s Castello Doria, a majestic eleventh century fortress.
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Whether holidaymakers choose to rent bicycles or prefer to discover Cinque Terre by foot, the gorgeous village of Manarola is an ideal base from which to explore the scenery. Hikers can venture into the hills for an afternoon excursion, and explore the surrounding countryside and its history as an important winemaking centre. The sloping vineyards frame Manarola, where visitors can sample the village’s locally produced wine, ‘Sciacchetra’, alongside authentic Italian cuisine. One of the village’s greatest charms is the contrast between the stunning natural scenery that surrounds it, and its historical monuments and religious buildings. Travellers can explore the bell tower, as well as the thirteenth century church.
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Riomaggiore is a hot spot for fans of high adrenaline pursuits, offering ample opportunities to take to the waves by canoe or kayak. Alternately, visitors can rent snorkelling equipment and explore the depths of the pristine Mediterranean. To experience Riomaggiore’s dramatic scenery, holidaymakers should follow the route that stretches from the village to Monterosso. The trail offers a unique route to explore the majestic coves secreted in the region’s cliffs, and stunning views of the coastline. Steal a photo opportunity before reaching the water to cool down after your hike, or retreating to the centre for a glass of locally produced wine.
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Cinque Terre Holiday Rentals
In the picturesque national park 5terre. Just a few steps from the most beautiful reefs of Riomaggiore and its crystal clear sea. Characteristic and charming home, situated on the seafront. It boasts a beautiful sea view and offers 4/5 beds. The a...
A large studio in a historic house at exactly the heart of the village of Riomaggiore, ideally situated for visiting the Cinque Terre.
The railway station, the boat landing, the shuttle of the National Park, the paths at a walking distance of few...
Your vacation object: In total In 26 accommodation facilities. The holiday apartment is located in a holiday village. To use available: reception, internet (WLAN), restaurant, terrace, children's playground and barbecue possibilities. Table tennis...
Detached house located on the route nr. 9 of the Cinque Terre National Park, amid the Mediterranean vegetation, 20 minutes walk from Monterosso. The accommodation, set on 2 levels has an equipped private outdoor area overlooking the sea. Each bedr...
Casa Bella Vista is a typical Ligurian House with stunning sea views .The village of Manarola is situated within the unique landscape of the Cinque Terre National Park. The property has been renovated to a high standard to include WiFi, and accomm...