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Beaches in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Holiday: the best beach in Cinque Terre is in Monterosso.

Only in Monterosso can you find a large sandy beach. In other villages, the beaches are small and covered with pebbles or large rocks. However, in the neighboring villages of Levanto and Bonassola, you can also find beaches that may appeal to tourists.

Bonassola Beach, Cinque Terre
Bonassola Beach

At the bottom of the page, there is a map showing all the beaches in Cinque Terre, as well as the locations of free beaches in Monterosso.

If you plan to stay in Cinque Terre for at least 3 days and enjoy spending time at the beach, it is recommended to choose a hotel in Monterosso or in the neighboring village of Levanto, where hotel prices will be more affordable. Monterosso and Levanto have the best beaches on the coast. In the other villages of Cinque Terre, the beaches are small, without paid amenities (sunbeds, toilets, bars), and without sand (they have pebbles and rocks).

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Monterosso boasts the largest and most comfortable sandy beach in Cinque Terre. It is the only beach in Cinque Terre where sun loungers are provided. The cost of two sun loungers with an umbrella is approximately 20 euros per day. On average, renting two sun loungers with an umbrella will cost you approximately 20-25 euros per day. Prices are higher in August. On the map, you can see the locations of the free beaches in Monterosso. The first one is right across from the train station. The second free beach is located by the statue of Neptune. There is also a beach near the historic center, where the Blue Trail to Vernazza begins.

The beach in front of the train station, Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
The beach in front of the train station
Beach in Monterosso, Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre
Beach in Monterosso
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Levanto is a small village located just a 4-minute train ride away from Monterosso. It is not part of Cinque Terre, so hotels in Levanto are more affordable. The walk from the Levanto train station to the beach takes about 10 minutes on foot, and there are fewer tourists here compared to Monterosso.

Beach in Levanto, Cinque Terre
Beach in Levanto
Wild beach near the Levanto - Bonassola trail, Cinque Terre
Wild beach near the Levanto - Bonassola trail
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Vernazza has two beaches, one is very small right by the central square. The second one is behind the cliff, but there is no sand on the beach, only large rocks. These beaches are suitable for relaxation after a hike along the Blue Trail.

Small beach in the center of Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Small beach in the center of Vernazza
Small rocky beach in Vernazza, Cinque Terre
Small rocky beach in Vernazza
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Corniglia Beach

This is a very small beach that you need to descend to using a staircase with 350 steps because Corniglia is located on top of a cliff. There is no other way to reach the beach. As you can see in the photos, entering the water will be challenging due to the large rocks.

Small beach in Corniglia (350 steps to get there), Cinque Terre
Small beach in Corniglia (350 steps to get there)
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Manarola Beach

If you take a walk along the waterfront at the beginning of the Blue Trail that leads to Corniglia, you will notice a boat ramp. You can just lie down and sunbathe here, but swimming here is very difficult. Manarola does not have a sandy beach.

Small beach in the center of the village, Manarola, Cinque Terre
Small beach in the center of the village
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After visiting the port of Riomaggiore, it is recommended to take a stroll to the beach, which is located near the boat dock. The path to the beach is along an unusual trail, and the place is very beautiful and romantic. Many visitors enjoy spending time on this beach, despite the presence of pebbles.

Small rocky beach, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
Small rocky beach
Small rocky beach, Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre
Small rocky beach
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