02.10.2014 - 02.10.2014 27 °C
The Cinque Terre is made up of 5 little coastal cliff villages and is mainly accessed by boat, train or foot. We came by train, and have explored by boat, train and foot. Our village is Manarola, and it's just superb. It is so nice to be back on the coast, with sea breezes, much less people and fish on the menu again. It is a mixture of very relaxing, and very tiring (hills, steps, ramps, more steps all day). The atmosphere is very chilled. Our village has lots of cafés, hardly any shops; the other villages are a mixture. We spent the first (hot) afternoon in a cliff top bar overlooking the village. Everything is outdoors, with bamboo sheeting for shade. The second day we visited the other villages by boat, and on the third morning there was a storm. The night before, all the local fishermen hauled up all the boats by a winch system, onto the high land. It ended up not being rough, but huge electrical show, quite spectacular, before sunrise. We went to Portofino that day, but that can have it's own entry.
Jim has worked out how to add photos from his phone, so he's going to try and add one to each entry.