The wonderful and unique Cinque Terre is a stretch of rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera that is a must for any crewed yacht charter.
Over an expanse of 18km lie five separate fishing villages which make up the Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Coniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Here, brightly-coloured houses cling to sheer cliffs in an area which was only linked to the outside world by a railway in the late 19th century. Cinque Terra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, still remains largely traffic-free today.
For years the dramatic Cinque Terra was practically inaccessibly by land because of the steep mountains which rise out from the sea below. Without doubt the best – and most comfortable – way of marvelling at the intruiging architecture, the terraces full of olive groves and vines and the delightful hues of the houses is by crewed yacht charter.
It is impossible to single out any one of the five villages as they are all so charming and special. The first village you will come across on your luxury sailing yacht charter from La Spezia is the village of Riomaggiore, which dates back to the 8th century. From Riomaggiore it is possible to walk to the other four villages along a breathtaking coastal path called the Via Dell’Amore, or path of love.
The next village to visit is Manarola, which is by far the quietest of the five towns and the ideal place to come on your crewed yacht charter if you are looking to get away from the masses. Even in full season Manarola exudes peacefulness and there are some wonderful walks surrounding the village.
From Manarola your crewed yacht charter will take you to Corniglia, which enjoys some of the most stunning views of the coast. It is highly recommended to arrive here in time to watch the sun set from this idyllic Italian resort.
Vernazza boasts the only natural port of the Cinque Terre, where your luxury sailing yacht charter might be able to berth if notice is given. There is a picturesque square which faces the port, and is an excellent place to sit and marvel at this village which times seems to have forgotten.
Finally anchor your luxury sailing yacht charter in the bay off Monterosso al Mare and enjoy a swim at one of Italy’s most famous beaches.