The sea of Liguria is the king of the most beautiful and cleanest waters in Italy and it has been collecting the highest number of “Blue Flags” for years. A particular feature of the coast is that the wind hardly ever blows, so bathing is pleasant even when it’s not too hot.
Small free and stony coves or long equipped and sandy expanses, here are the beaches which you cannot miss when you are visiting the Cinque Terre (we suggest that you treat yourself to one of our unique boat tours to get to those that can only be reached by sea).
1. Fegina – Monterosso al Mare
Different from the classic rocky beaches typical of the Gulf of Cinque Terre, Monterosso beach consists of a long sandy strip right in front of the station. It has very crowded stretches of free beach, which alternate with well-equipped zones that offer paid services: bars, toilets, rental of umbrellas and deck chairs. We recommend booking, we will do it for you during your stay (the price of an umbrella with 2 sunbeds is 35 Euros and that of an umbrella and two sunbeds is 45 Euros). For more info click here.
In Vernazza you will find two small free beaches, which can be reached in a few minutes on foot from the train station. The space available in this case is a bit small, but the views that this stretch of coast can offer are of rare beauty. Worth admiring is the imposing Castello dei Doria, which dominates the village.
3. Beach of Guvano – Corniglia
Inserted in a splendid bay, it is now frequented above all by naturists and it is rather difficult to reach through the tunnel that connects it to the center of the village. It is advisable to bring a torch.
4. Beaches of Corniglia
A much more attractive destination is the so-called Spiaggione di Corniglia, located near the railway station. It is a stony beach which, given its small width, typically remains inaccessible during high tide. Marina di Corniglia is also a free, quiet and sheltered beach, which can be easily reached on foot, going down the steps indicated in the center of the village.
5. Beach of Riomaggiore
A few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village, you reach the beach Fossola passing through the Marina and following the road to the left which runs alongside the cliff. It is a natural and stony beach and on average extensive and crowded.