Back home planning the trip I was recommended to check out Cinque Terre. We didn’t really do much research on it, we just fell in love with it from the pictures, so of course we had to head there.
First we drove towards La Spezia, thinking this was the place. When we realized it was just a “regular” harbor we had to stop trying to figure out how to go next. Can’t really complain on the spot we chose.
We agreed on to keep going up the mountain trying to get back out by the coast on the other side. I am so happy I wasn’t driving and that we had this teeny tiny car that could meet any type of car without a problem on these narrow crooked roads. The worst part was when I was closest to the cliff since I’m also afraid of heights. It seriously felt like the car would just slip off the road down the cliffside.
Remember that the rooms are not always close to the reception!
Eventually we found right and passed a parking spot, perfect! We got out and started walking down the steps to get to the main area of Riomaggiore. On the way dawn we decided we wanted to check if there were any rooms available for the night. The first ones were fully booked, but then we got to a place that had a good location and they said they had a room available for good money. I think it was under 100€ with shared bathroom but with balcony. They could also offer us a parking spot inside a garage so it was perfect. The only thing was, the room was not at all close to the office. We had to climb and climb and climb the stairs back up until we reached as high as we could get (at least it felt like it). So if you’re looking for hotels here remember this! and ask first where the room is located if you don’t feel like having the cardio work out of the year. Anyway, the room was great. It was big with a large balcony over the entire place.
Is there a beach in Riomaggiore? Yes, a clap-stone beach!
We were so hot after dropping off our luggage we just wanted to find a place to go into the sea. I’m telling you now. If you’re in Riomaggiore and want to walk in the water (no cliff jumping), you head down as far as you can, hold to your left. This is a wonderful place to take pictures by the way, then keep going past the restaurants on a little cliff side walk. On the other side there will be a stone beach where you can walk in the water, it was the best feeling ever at that point! We had been walking the wrong way, down to the train station not getting if there were a beach or not. So you’re welcome.
Checking out heading towards -> Pisa