The OTHER Coastal Trails

June 3, 2014 / Places
Monterosso, Liguria

Hiking the mountainside trails that run along the vast, turquoise Ligurian sea in the Cinque Terre National Park is a must. It’s on most visitor’s “bucket list”, and this past year due to too much rain, portions of the Blue Trail (also called the “coastal trail,” and officially “Trail #2”) have remained closed between some of the villages.  

Visitors are going home disappointed for no reason, as there are over 20 other trails that lace the region, winding up through the hills and vineyards, almost all with views of the sea below (it’s wonderfully impossible to avoid).  

Trail 6, for example, starts from the village of Corniglia and winds up through the mountains and wildflowers to the tiny settlement of Volastra. You walk on the sea, literally passing through the lush green vines of the local white wine that you will savor and appreciate much more as you arrive back down into the next village of Manarola.  

Overlooking Manarola and the vineyards on trail 6
Trail 6 down into Manarola

Trail 10 takes you from the beaches of Monterosso to the top of it’s mountain, Punta Mesco, who looms in the distance in every photo. From here, the view over these 5 impossibly beautiful villages is truly breathtaking.  

View from trail 10 down to the Cinque Terre villages
View from trail 10 over Monterosso

Trail 9 from Monterosso climbs up to the Sanctuary of Soviore, overlooking the town, then 8B winds you back down the hills on a trail that cuts through all of the greens and blues into the star of the show, tiny Vernazza.

View from off of trail 9 where you can pick up trail 1

The coastal trail being closed in parts doesn’t mean you cannot hike from village to village. At the end of the day, they are all more or less “coastal” trails, and hiking some of these equally gorgeous and free other paths affords you a glimpse into the backbreaking history of cultivating the land of the Cinque Terre, all the while offering one heck of a view.

View from off of trail 1

Christine Mitchell

by Christine Mitchell

Christine has a Master’s Degree in Food Studies and Culture from New York University, and spends most of her waking hours cooking food, serving food at La Cantina Di Miky, happily talking about food and writing about food – and wouldn’t have it any other way, except maybe with an Italian craft beer in her hand.

You can follow her adventures on her blog, www.lifeinliguria.blogspot.com and you can follow Monterosso’s continued progress on www.rebuildmonterosso.com.

7 Responses to “The OTHER Coastal Trails”

  1. Mary Ricks

    Thanks for the information. I agree, it is beautiful. I am going back in September and want to hike the trails so glad you gave some good information.

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  2. Joan Congello

    Beautiful, Hope someday to go and see this part of Italy.

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  3. Linda Boccia

    The Cinqueterre may be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The resilient and loving spirit of locals and others to restore parts of the lands is AMAZING. when we were last there 3 years ago parts of the Blue Trail were also closed, and as Christine has stated so well, be not dismayed as there are MANY MORE TRAILS. We prefer staying in Levanto and enjoy both walking and taking the train as well as using the barca a motore to go by water. Keep coming back tourists as we strengthen their economy.

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  4. Dottie Traudt

    Went on this hike several years ago. It was incredible and a delightful experience shared with a friend who has since passed,
    Thanks for sharing

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  5. Adelia Schneider

    We are going to Cinque Terre in September and I found your article very helpful.

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