Where to Find the Best Beaches in Cinque Terre, Italy

If you are looking for a relaxing summer destination to visit during a trip to Italy, then you may consider Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast in Italy.

Known for its famous clusters of brightly coloured houses by the sea, the beaches in Cinque Terre are worth a visit. 

Cinque Terre beaches are full of coves, smooth rocks, and old stone harbours – which may not seem apt at first glance but are very well-suited for sunbathing and swimming. Other activities you can expect in the area include a national park and various hiking trails set amongst the Mediterranean sea. 

If you are looking for beaches in Cinque Terre that may be off the beaten path but still offer an unforgettable seaside holiday, look no further! There are amazing Cinque Terre beaches in each of the five villages: Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and Monterosso al Mare. Here are our favourite beaches in Cinque Terre.

See also Best Places to Visit in Northern Italy.

Cinque Terre beaches
Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

The best beaches in Cinque Terre

Vernazza 

Vernazza is well-known for being a famous fishing village and the only natural port of Cinque Terre. This historic town is also known for its olive oil, as the village is surrounded by steep olive groves that produce some of the tastiest olive oil in Italy.

In Vernazza harbour, you will find two Cinque Terre beaches. The first Vernazza beach is a sandy, small beach that offers flat rocks perfect for sunbathing. You can expect to find calm water and local fishing boats here. It’s located along the main street, about 2 minutes from the railway station.

The second Vernazza beach is on the east side of the village and is very stony. However, this is a more private and secluded beach that visitors can find by walking through the cave on the left side of the village main street.

Corniglia

Corniglia is a hamlet located within Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. This ancient Roman village is one of the only places in the Cinque Terre without direct sea access.

If you are looking for a secluded Corniglia beach, look no further than Guvano. This uncrowded beach is located on the hiking trail between Vernazza and Corniglia, so it isn’t strictly in Corniglia.  

Look for the sign that says ‘Spiaggia Libera’ or ‘Public Beach’. Guvano is also known as one of the unofficial nudist beaches in Cinque Terre, so be warned when visiting that you may see some skin – however, it is relatively quiet and peaceful. 

Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy
Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy

Monterosso 

Monterosso is one of the largest villages that form the Cinque Terre in Italy. Its prosperous hills produce olive oil, lemons and vines like no other.

If you’re looking for Cinque Terre beaches here, you’re in luck because Monterosso has two main beaches to visit.

If you’re looking for a traditional Monterosso beach, go to the long sandy beach in the ‘new’ part of the village called Fegina. You’ll find sand, umbrellas, beach chairs and a promenade full of restaurants, bars and ice cream stores. This Cinque Terre beach is located right in of the train station in Monterosso.

If you prefer to visit the old part of the village, also known as Aurora, you will enjoy the Monterosso beach on the Vernazza trail. It’s a very sandy beach near the boat rental hub and offers both private and public areas. It is a 10-minute walk from the train station, on the left side.

If you’d like to do some extra exploring in Monterosso, you can find old castle ruins, narrow medieval streets and multi-coloured terraced houses in the village.

Join this boat cruise to Riomaggiore and Monterosso

Monterosso beach in Cinque Terre, Italy
Monterosso beach in Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the southernmost region of the Cinque Terre in Italy. It is a small village located in the La Spezia province in the Liguria region. This historic village is said to have originated as early as the 8th Century. 

Riomaggiore beach is a public beach just east of the village itself. It offers crystal clear waters, a harbour, a ferry dock and a stony setting. 

You’ll also find many boulders at Riomaggiore beach, but this does not hamper the experience and is very typical of Cinque Terre beaches. 

Riomaggiore is also well known for its Via dell’Amore or ‘Lover’s Lane’, a romantic path that offers incredible views of the Mediterranean coastal landscape. This walk takes around 20 minutes to complete and will lead you to Manarola.

Manarola

Manarola is a small town within Riomaggiore in the north of Italy. It is the second-smallest of the Cinque Terre villages and sits 70 meters above sea level on a high rock. 

While there are no official Manarola beach, you will find a beautiful harbour here that is perfect for deep-water swimming. Manarola is one of the smallest regions in Cinque Terre, so you can expect a lot of privacy when visiting, especially if visiting during the off-peak tourist season.

For those with an adventurous spirit, take the ladder and be rewarded! There is also an outdoor shower available to freshen up. To get here, you’ll need to walk about 3 minutes away from the train station. 

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Alternate Cinque Terre Beaches

If you are in the area and looking for more Cinque Terre beaches, you may consider Levanto beach. Levanto is not one of the main Cinque Terre beaches but is only a 3-minute train ride from Monterosso (book your train tickets here). 

Levanto beach is long and beautiful, blessed with a sandy shore perfect for all kinds of summer activities. It includes both private and public sections and offers many amenities such as a bar, outdoor pool, beach chairs, umbrellas and outdoor showers. 

Additionally, there are many types of water sports equipment that you can rent, such as canoes, peddle boats, surfboards and motorboats. 

Ready to hit the beach in Italy?

No matter which of the Cinque Terre beaches you choose to visit, you’re in for a beautiful vacation! While the beaches in Cinque Terre may err on the rocky side, this doesn’t mean that they can’t fulfil your dream of having a relaxing Mediterranean getaway! 

Remember to consider the Cinque Terre region of Liguria, Italy, when planning your next fantastic holiday. 

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Where to Stay in Cinque Terre, Italy

Are you looking at staying in Cinque Terre on your next trip to Italy? Between the historic villages, clear waters, private bays and fantastic landscape, we highly recommend visiting the region if you happen to be near the Mediterranean sea in Northern Italy.

One thing you’ll need to decide is where to stay in the area. Are you looking for a Cinque Terre camping experience, or do you prefer glamorous Cinque Terre hotels? What about a sleek apartment or Cinque Terre hostel?

We’ll help you decide where to visit while staying in Cinque Terre, including some of the most popular regions and different kinds of accommodation. 

See also Where to Find the Best Beaches in Cinque Terre.

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Vernazza and Corniglia 

Here are some of the most popular options to consider when staying in Cinque Terre, Italy. 

Vernazza

Vernazza is one of the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre region in Italy. This fishing village set amongst the Italian Riviera is the only natural port of the area, and you can expect to see exquisite houses while visiting.

Cinque Terre hotels in Vernazza – Hotel Gianni Franzi

Hotel Gianni Franzi is located just below the Doria Castle and features three main buildings. Each room includes terracotta flooring, rustic decor, private bathrooms, free wifi and beautiful views of the Ligurian Sea. There’s a sandy beach just a few steps from the hotel, and the train station is near. You will find this proximity to the sea rings true for most Cinque Terre hotels.

Book your stay at Hotel Gianni Franzi 

Cinque terre hotels in Vernazza - Hotel Gianni Franzi
Cinque Terre hotels in Vernazza – Hotel Gianni Franzi

Budget accommodation – Affittacamere Graziella 

Located within Cinque Terre National Park, Affittacamere Graziella is a bed-and-breakfast nestled within the countryside. Located 8km away from both Vernazza and Monterosso Al Mare, each room includes a private bathroom, satellite tv and a breakfast buffet at a great price.

There are many room types to choose from, including studio or larger apartments or hostel rooms to suit your budget. This Cinque Terre hostel offers good value for money.

Book your stay at Affittacamere Graziella

Affittacamere Graziella budget accommodation in Cinque Terre
Affittacamere Graziella

Cinque Terre Apartment – Lassu Apartment with View

If you’re after a ‘home away from home’, Lassu Apartment is perfect for you. Featuring a terrace overlooking the ocean, air conditioning, free wifi and proximity to Vernazza beach, you’re all set to have a relaxing visit here.

This Cinque Terre apartment includes two double bedrooms and ample dining and living space to enjoy. With charming decor and every necessity catered for, you’ll never want to leave!

Book your stay at Lassu Apartment

Lassu apartment in Cinque Terre
Lassu apartment

Luxury Stays – The Sunset Suite Vernazza

Are you looking for a romantic, luxury getaway with a loved one? The Sunset Suite is a perfect choice. This modern, clean apartment boasts some of the best views in the whole of the city of Vernazza, rivalling some of the top Cinque Terre hotels! 

Enjoy sweeping views from the terrace, a 60-meter walk to the nearest train station, air conditioning and daily housekeeping facilities in this sleek apartment, equipped with modern finishes.

Book your stay at The Sunset Suite Vernazza

The Sunset Suite Vernazza
The Sunset Suite Vernazza

Corniglia

Corniglia is a hamlet located within Vernazza. It is one of the smallest villages in the region, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. 

Cinque Terre Hotels in Corniglia – Locanda Il Carugio 

Locanda Il Carugio is one of the newest Cinque Terre Hotels and offers sleek design coupled with comfort. You can expect to find a rooftop terrace, modern restaurant, and ample common areas. Many rooms include a balcony for private outdoor dining. 

Book your stay at Locanda Il Carugio 

Locanda Il Carugio in Cinque Terre
Locanda Il Carugio

Budget Accommodation – Ostello Corniglia Hostel

If you want to experience Corniglia on a budget, look no further than Ostello Corniglia, a true Cinque Terre hostel. Its close location to Vernazza beach, affordable room options, free wifi and shared amenities would be perfect for a solo traveller. You can also expect a daily continental breakfast during your stay.

Book your stay at Ostello Corniglia Hostel

Ostello Cornigia Hostel
Ostello Cornigia Hostel

Corniglia Apartment – Residenza Solferino

Residenza Solferino is a secluded yet comfortable stay that won’t break the bank. 

Located in the middle of the Cinque Terre, this renovated and clean apartment is spacious. It features a private inner courtyard that keeps the condo quiet despite being on a busy street. This apartment offers a nice change from staying at Cinque Terre hotels.

Book your stay at Residenza Solferino

Residenza Solferino in Cinque Terre
Residenza Solferino

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare is part of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy and is separated into two parts: the ‘old town and the ‘new’ town. This village has the most extensive beaches of the Cinque Terre towns and has become a popular international tourist destination. 

The area is also known for its expanse of lemon trees and top-quality white wines, olives and grapes. 

Cinque Terre hotels in Monterosso – Hotel Marina

Hotel Marina is just a few steps away from the beach in Monterosso. It’s also located in the Cinque Terre national park and includes garden access for each guest. You can expect modern luxury decor with exposed stone brick finishes and country-style furnishings. Most visitors enjoy the breakfast treats part of the package, including cakes, freshly baked loaves of bread, and fresh juices.

Book your stay at Hotel Marina   

Hotel Marina
Hotel Marina

Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso – Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 

If you’re more of an adventurous person, you might enjoy camping in Monterosso on a budget. This campground offers electricity, drinking water, and shuttle service for guests. It’s set within the Cinque Terre national park, known for its tranquillity and prime location. 

Book your stay at the campground

Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso - Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 
Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso – Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 

Apartment in Monterosso – LungoMareNostro

Lungo Mare Nostro, meaning sky, sea and sand, is a beach-themed apartment on the Monterosso seafront. This charming apartment is furnished with blue touches throughout and offers a small balcony overlooking the sea, with fantastic views of Palmaria and Punta Mesco. 

Book your stay at LungoMareNostro

LungoMareNostro
LungoMareNostro

Luxury Stays – La Casa del Gigante Luxury Collection 

La Casa del Gigante is one of the most unique finds in Monterosso. This large villa is situated right on the Fegina beach. This two-bedroom villa offers modern finishes combined with rustic stone walls to provide a truly rare, castle-like stay, complete with a massive window overlooking the beach in the villa’s dining room. 

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore and Manarola

These two villages are must-sees when staying in Cinque Terre, Italy. 

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the first village of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy. It is uniquely located in a small valley. It is the most southern village of all the Cinque Terre locations.

Budget accommodation – Scaglie di Mare Apartment 

This cost-effective apartment is in the historic centre of Riomaggiore. It offers a beautiful view over the sea and village and has one full bedroom with an optional sleeper couch. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy many evening dinners on the terrace of this well-maintained apartment. The apartment is accessible from the pedestrian path at the railway station in the village.

Book your stay at Scaglie di Mare Apartment

Scaglie di Mare Apartment
Scaglie di Mare Apartment

Cinque Terre Hotels in Riomaggiore – Scorci di Mare

Scorci di Mare is a seaside hotel in Riomaggiore. It offers daily housekeeping services, free wifi, and is only a few meters away from public transport. 

There are many different room configurations to suit your budget. Some of the premium room options include a beautiful view of the ocean, as well as terraces for private dining.

Book your stay at Scorci di Mare

Scorci Di Mare
Scorci Di Mare

Cinque Terre Apartment – Al Castello Apartment 

Al Castello is a private apartment located near Canneto beach in Riomaggiore. This apartment is centrally located in the centre of the village, and attractions are just a short walk away. Its prize feature is its massive rooftop terrace with sea and city views. It also features every amenity you may need.

Book your stay at Al Castello Apartment 

Al castello
Al castello

Manarola

Manarola is a small town within Riomaggiore. It is the second smallest village of the Cinque Terre villages and offers a secluded experience.

Budget Cinque Terre Apartment – Le Coste by Arbaspàa

Le Coste is a collection of small eco-friendly apartments within Manarola. It is near the Via dell’Amore path, and each unit features a modern design with energy-efficient features. 

Guests enjoy this apartment collection because of its brightness, cleanliness, and proximity to the centre of the village. Some units include a balcony or terrace, but budget options are also available.

Book your stay at Le Coste by Arbaspàa

Le Coste by Arbaspaa
Le Coste by Arbaspaa

Cinque Terre hotels in Manarola – Hotel Marina Piccola

Hotel Marina Piccola is in the centre of Manarola. This beachside hotel offers some rooms with balconies that overlook the sea. Regarding its interior, this apartment includes modern finishings coupled with comfortable, spacious rooms.

Guests enjoy the continental breakfast, friendly staff, and close location to most attractions in town. There are a variety of different room types to fit many budgets.

Book your stay at Hotel Marina Piccola

Hotel Marina Piccola
Hotel Marina Piccola

Luxury Guest House – L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia 

If you prefer a private guest house with luxury finishes, L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia is a perfect choice. This two-bedroom house includes the ultimate sunbathing terrace for your lounging pleasure, complete with sea and hill views.  

The interior finishes are modern and elegant complete with brand new appliances, while the house’s exterior is bright and inviting. This luxury apartment is located in the upper part of Manarola, offering a restful, secluded stay. 

Book your stay at L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia 

L'Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia
L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia

Beautiful views and quaint streets – what more could you want?

You may have a hard time deciding where to stay in the Cinque Terre! From the smallest towns Manarola and Corniglia, to the larger cities of Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Monterosso – accommodation is abundant in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. 

Whether choosing Cinque Terre hotels, hostels, camping experiences or apartments, we think there’s a property out there for any traveller who is lucky enough to visit the Cinque Terre.