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Cinque Terre is a coastal town found in the North-West of Italy, in the region of Liguria. As the name may suggest, Cinque Terre is made up of 5 villages. Famously known as one of the most beautiful areas in Italy, so much so that it earned the title as a UNESCO world heritage site.
When visiting, a great way to experience the true beauty of Cinque Terre and its surrounding scenic views, is to walk its hilly terrain and follow the trails between the 5 villages. By foot you will see so much natural beauty that you might miss by taking the train! Another must see is Porto Venere, although it is not one of the five villages that make up Cinque Terre, make sure to visit as the stunning medieval town is considered by many as the ‘hidden gem’ of Cinque Terre.
Cinque Terre is the perfect holiday destination for both adults and families. Seen as a romantic town, it is the perfect location for a couple’s getaway. The scenic terrain offers numerous hiking trails and national parks, perfect for couples and for all the family to enjoy and experience nature.
The nearest airport to Cinque Terre is Pisa airport. Flights from Dublin to Pisa operate year-round, from 2 to 6 days a week depending on the season. The flight time is estimated at 2 hours and 45 minutes. Once at Pisa, the travel time to Cinque Terre is an estimated 90 minutes! The journey will be worth is as a Cinque Terre holiday is unforgettable!
There are many bars in the five villages of Cinque Terre to enjoy casual drinks in the evening. During the busy summer season you will also find many beach parties taking place, with many of the locals drinking and dancing by the ocean!
There is no shortage of restaurant in Cinque Terre, with a variety of Mediterranean and local cuisine to enjoy. However, a holiday to this Italian town would not be complete without experiencing its fine Italian Cuisine!
The beach of Monterosso is a beautiful beach and is the only sand beach in the Cinque Terre area!
If you like the finer things in life and enjoy shopping and buying designer brands then be sure to visit the Wednesday Market at Forte Dei Marmi. Here you will find plenty of designer items, at amazing prices!
The festival of the sea takes place annually on the 24th and 25th of July, featuring many firework displays and parties to enjoy. Perhaps the most impressive event of the festival is the cross carrying from Levanto to the sea. Each cross weighs 100kg and local men take turns carrying these crosses!
The best time to visit Cinque Terre is during the summer season, as it is the perfect time for hiking and swimming in the sea. However, Cinque Terre can be extremely busy with tourists during the summer season. If you’d like to visit during at a calmer time and still experience good weather, we recommend visiting in September.
Italy is an hour ahead of Ireland (GMT+1).
There are three ways to explore Cinque Terre, by foot, train or boat. The walking trail is beautiful, its 12km long and runs along the coast of all five villages.