There’s just something about Manarola that makes you want to stay for a while. It’s truly pastel coloured facade (there seems to be no red paint in sight but rather soft warm and peachy hues!) is one of the most picturesque and I loved it so much that we just had to return twice during our short time in the area. Once during the day and once in the late afternoon to have dinner & stay late to watch the sunset and the lights turn on in the village. You’ll be joined with a heap of other photography enthusiasts as you take your spot along the boardwalk at night! Here are some images of beautiful Manarola..
Manarola by the shore. Do note that the trail between Manarola and Riomaggiore (Lover’s Lane) is closed, as is the trail between Manarola and Corniglia. However you can still walk the start of both trails before it is blocked off!
Walking up the main street of town
Up the hills at the back of Manarola village
My favourite spot!
Manarola by night
By the way, a few of you have been asking about the best way to get around to each village on the Cinque Terre. Here is some info and tips I have from our time there :)
Getting around: Once you arrive at Cinque Terre, there are two main options for getting around. The first is the train – there are local trains that run between the five towns. This is the fastest method to get around however do note that the trains are often hourly and there are often long lines at the ticket machines – so do factor these in when you head to the train stop! Tickets are about a couple of euros one way.
The other option is catching the ‘tourist’ ferry. This is a super scenic trip along the coast which allows you to see each town from the sea – and trust me, this is not a view of the town you want to miss! However, it only runs if the weather permits, it is a slower option and more costly (I think the shortest trip starts at about 4 euros and the longer trips can cost you 10-15 euros one way). The ferry does not however stop at Cornigla which is the town in the middle. This is because Cornigla is some 350 steps up a cliff so it is not feasible to stop there so if you want to visit Cornigla, you’d have to take the train.
There is also a third option which is catching the ‘Cinque Terre’ Bus which is really actually a small mini-van. It’s not a popular option so we didn’t look into it but I believe if you buy the Cinque Terre Pass you can use it for the bus to get you between towns. For us, we used a combination of ferries and trains. We mainly took the ferry to see each town from the sea and then took trains for all other journeys.
Both the ferry terminal and train station can be pretty hard to locate when you take it for the first time as both are often hidden from the main street and around the corner/on the side/through a tunnel/up a hill. In Riomaggiore, the train station is accessed by an underpass on the right side on the bottom of the main street. The ferry terminal is up and down a steep hill and around the coast along the other side of the town. Don’t be shy to ask a local where the station is, everyone’s extremely friendly here!