Manarola, built on a high rock 70 metres above sea level, is one of the most charming and romantic of the Cinque Terre villages.The tiny harbor features a boat ramp, picturesque multicoloured houses facing the sea, a tiny piazza with seafood restaurants.
Along the main road the boats are pulled onto dry land every time the sea is rough. Although there is no real beach here, it has some of the best deep-water swimming around.
The village is all ups and downs, with steep narrow alleys carrugi, leading to the sea.
If you want to venture up to the top of Manarola, make sure you check out the church. In more ancient times, the bell tower was used as a post to watch for potential pirate raids.
Renting an apartment can be a better choice if you are travelling with your family or a group of friends: Apartments in Manarola.
The hiking trail from Manarola to Corniglia
We can recommend the scenic hike Manarola - Volastra - Corniglia. The first part of the hiking trail has a very steep climb (1200 steps) which you can skip taking the bus (€2) from Manarola to Volastra. Normally there is a bus every hour.
The path goes along narrow, spectacular terraces with vineyards supported by dry stone walls. It gives you wonderful views of the Mediterranean and the Cinque Terre villages. This path is free and you do not need any hiking pass.
How to get to Manarola
Please refer to how to get to Cinque Terre
What to see in Manarola
• Manarola is connected to Riomaggiore by the famous Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Lane); a footpath carved into the rocks above the sea. This famous path is closed due to a landslide and will reopen in summer 2024.
• The Church of San Lorenzo built in 1338 in Gothic Ligurian style and the defence tower.
• Santuario di Nostra Madonna Signora della Salute in Volastra
August 10, the San Lorenzo Feast
From December 8th till the end January the hills are illuminated with more than 200 figures and 12.000 lamps for the biggest lighted nativity in the world.