4 ideas for an active holiday in the Cinque Terre

The international lockdown has left many of us feeling a little restless and confined.

Sure, some tried to keep active by jogging around their neighborhood and to “travel” through virtual tours, but there is only so much that these activities can do to help us before we’re all daydreaming of actively exploring new destinations.

Have you considered booking an active holiday next?

It’s a great way to stay safe during your travels, as most of your time is spent outdoors, between the regenerating power of nature and the fresh air of uncontaminated landscapes.

The area of Cinque Terre in Liguria is the perfect place where to enjoy this kind of nature trip with wonderful outdoor activities!


As UNESCO explained when declaring this destination a World Heritage Site: 

Cinque Terre, Portovenere and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) is a remarkable cultural landscape created by human endeavor over a millennium in a rugged and dramatic natural environment. It represents the harmonious interaction between people and nature to produce a landscape of exceptional scenic quality.”

The natural landscape surrounding the Cinque Terre villages is characterized by dramatic coastal cliffs that plunge in the deep-blue sea, the typical Mediterranean macchia that alternates with evergreen oaks and mixed woods, and beautiful streams and springs. 

The cultural landscape features the historical dry-stone walls on the terraced hills, the heroic vineyards, and the distinctive pastel-colored houses that overlook small and picturesque harbors. 


This amazing combination of nature, history and culture make the Cinque Terre a wonderful destination for an active holiday with many outdoor experiences to choose from.

Here are 4 suggestions for a safe, active trip in this part of the Italian Riviera!

Hiking in the Cinque Terre National Park 

For centuries, the Cinque Terre paths were the only way that locals had to reach their neighboring villages.

Today, this amazing network of trails stretch for more than 120 kilometers (74 miles), allowing you to discover every corner of the Cinque Terre National Park and its colorful hamlets while walking in nature. 

Trekking in Cinque Terre

Imagine yourself hiking through the terraced vineyards and under century-old olive trees, discovering inspirational sanctuaries along the way, and reaching the most panoramic spots above the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso… Priceless!

And there is no better way to recharge your batteries than stopping in a local trattoria and tasting homemade specialties!

Hiking on the wild Palmaria Island

The village of Portovenere and its islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto are a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Cinque Terre.

Although not as famous as their neighbors, this part of the riviera is just as beautiful and surprising, and perfect for travelers who love to hike off the beaten path. 

Hiking in Palmaria Island

Palmaria is a secluded escape where you will have the hiking trail and the gorgeous views all to yourself!

Although the path is well marked, the best way to explore it and learn about all the island’s secrets is to hike with a private guide.

What secrets? They go from hidden coves to the historical Portoro marble quarries, from pretty goats that once lived here to bunkers from WWII.

Kayaking & Snorkeling in the Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area 

Would you like to observe the marine habitat in a non-intrusive, eco-friendly way?

There is no better way than booking a private kayaking and snorkeling excursion in the Cinque Terre Marine Protected Area.

This activity also allows you to admire the pristine coast from a different angle as you paddle from Monterosso towards the charming beach of Guvano in Vernazza.

Kayak in Cinque Terre

Your kayak instructor is also an expert environmental guide: take advantage of this opportunity to learn about all the fish that you see when snorkeling, and don’t forget to ask about the Cetacean Sanctuary established in 1999 in a collaboration between Italy (Liguria, Tuscany and North Sardinia), France, and the Principality of Monaco.

Cycling with e-bikes along the Bay of Poets

The Gulf of La Spezia is also known as the Bay of Poets, because throughout the centuries it has bewitched many writers and artists. One great way to explore this area during your active vacation in Liguria is to bike between La Spezia and Cinque Terre, passing by Portovenere. 

It’s a wonderful trail of medium difficulty that takes about 5 hours to complete. But the e-bikes can help you to face the most challenging bits, such as climbing up the ridge between the Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre.

Biking in Cinque Terre

The panoramas are simply mind-blowing, and the experience is enriched by the tasty light lunch in one of the villages that have not been touched by tourism.

More Tips and ideas?

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