Liguria is especially know for its beaches and Mediterranean life. But the flower riviera has much more to offer than sun and beaches.
The beautiful nature and small villages are absolutely worth visiting. Liguria offers much possibilities to enjoy the nature.
The most well know park of Liguria is Cinque Terre. The park lays about two hours from the campsite.
Cinque Terre is a picturesque, rocky area of about 15 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast between Levanto and La Spezia on the riviera di Levante. The area is named after the five villages that are located on the precipitous slopes. The five villages are Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The railway line in the area lies well above sea level and follows the shore line. It provides the passenger a spectacular view of the cliffs, villages and vineyards.
Only Monterosso al Mare is easy to reach by car. The other villages are almost completely traffic free and because of that very quiet.
The ‘Sentiero Azzuro‘, a hiking path, connect all five villages to eachother. The total hike is about five hours and ate some parts quite hard. It is a beautiful path were you can enjoy the beautiful nature of Cinque Terre. During the season, from March till October, it can be very busy. You also have to pay to walk the path, €5,00.
Monterosso al Mare is the largest and most important village. Vernazza is a tiny harbor village and founded by the Romans. It lies on the steepest cliff of the five villages. Corniglia is the smallest villages. From-out the station the village can be reached by a serie of 33 stairs with 382 steps. The so called “Lardarina”, on the northside of the village. Tourist most of the times avoid this village because it is difficult to reach. When you start your hike in Monterosso al Mare the village is easier to reach.
The most picturesque village is probably Manarola. Small cobbled roads lead to it’s tiny harbor. Also Riomaggiore has picturesque, medieval houses. Unfortunately the Via dell’Amore that connect Manarola and Riomaggiore to eachother is closed at the moment.