I guess it’s about time, that I tell you more about my spontaneous getaway to Cinque Terre and the surroundings. But let me say this upfront: If you have the choice – never ever visit any of the Cinque Terre villages in high season, which is between June and August. Trust me it’s suuper crowded and hot AF. We didn’t know better and really didn’t have a choice so we went in late July but if you can plan ahead, please do so, it will make your stay much more enjoyable!
But anyway, we made the best of the crowds, had loads of great food and with ,,loads of” I mean, we spent like 80% of our money on food! 🙂 It’s just too good to be true! Although I’m not a fish person, I was quite tempted trying it, looking at the other plates that got served fish, so that is saying something. Some of you might have watched my Instastories, so you guys know we took the car to get to Massa (where we stayed). It’s only a 12 hour drive form Center Germany, really nothing compared to what we drove in Norway.
I fell in love with this old, sleepy yet authentic and super colorful town the minute we arrived! I mean look at all the details – these pastel facades and those narrow alleys. I don’t think it can get more Italian at this point. I spotted so many instagramworthy spots, I didn’t know where to start.
We slept in a very cheap but nice Airbnb, which was right at the old market square. Airbnb simply never disappoints. If you have a car and want to experience the real Italian life, I can highly recommend staying in Massa (old town). Apart from cozy restaurants, traditional shops and lovely architecture , it has a very authentic vibe. A few words of Italian can’t hurt though, as you can’t expect to get an English menu. Italians are really proud and usually don’t like to talk English, even with tourists. If they see you try, they’ll be much more welcoming. Definitely check out this restaurant: Osteria del Borgo – it’s by far the best I’ve been to in a long time! Also the Gelato bar by the old square is Ferrero heaven & open till midnight! Another reason to stay in Massa is the beach promenade, just a few miles from the old market square. Remember that picture on Instagram? – many of you asked if that’s Los Angeles…but no, it’s Marina di Massa, for real! ♥
We arrived pretty early in the morning so we had the whole day ahead of us. After a quick stroll through Massa, we packed our bags and drove to La Spezia (basically this is where the train and ferries depart to the Cinque Terre villages). We missed the salt in our hair so we took the ferry to Manarola – probably the most popular village of all. After a 45 min. trip and quite a sunburn later, we finally reached the cliffs. That’s when we noticed ,,alright maybe visiting Cinque Terre in summer wasn’t such a good idea”. There were a ton of people walking simultaneously through this narrow alley at a snail’s pace due to how crowded it was. Something you really have to get used to, so we needed a break. Fortunately there is this really nice bar up on a hill called Nessun Dorma, which serves fresh & only cold food with a spectacular view. Honestly, after that we made our way back to the train station and drove to Massa to get some rest before dinner. At this time, we’ve been awake for more than 36 hours with a tiny bit of sleep and the high temperatures did the rest. Holidays, right?
On the second day we treated ourselves with a full beach day! Just me, my new H&M bikini, my crime book and the ocean breeze – simple as that! Since all the beaches are in between cliffs and hard to enter, you will most likely have to take a few hundred steps down but once you reach the ocean, it’s so worth it!
On day 3 we decided to visit Monterosso, another Cinque Terre village. Unfortunately we arrived around noon so the Fegina Beach was already full. Make sure to arrive early enough to reserve yourself a spot, the water is super clear and it’s nice to hang around for a day! We made our way to the town centre and had some delicious pasta and the best focaccia instead 😛 Told ya, I was eating all day every day. Definitely try the Ricotta Spinach Crepe at Gastronomia San Martino – their traditional cuisine is fantastico!
By far my favorite among the Cinque Terre Villages I visited! It’s divided into 2 parts. The ‘city centre’ and the harbour. I can’t tell why I liked this place more than the others. Just the overall atmosphere and the rough sea on that day were insanely beautiful. My only advice is: Grab a pizza/ fish & chips or whatever food you like and simply enjoy the harbour-seaview! We spent 2 hours just watching the waves and people walking by – looking back to this trip, this was one of the best moments!
Thanks to a friend, that we met on our last night, we found this little hidden gem (just 30 min. from Massa by car)… I mean can you believe how beautiful this looks? – such a natural treasure in the middle of nowhere! I must admit these natural pools are quite hard to find and mostly kept a secret by locals. We used google and made it to the first pools, that you see in the picture. Apparently there are much bigger pools with waterfalls but we didn’t have the time to walk all the way through the forest to get there. If you need help finding this spot, send me a private message and I’ll try my best to guide you through 🙂
(Not so) Fun Fact: After our natural pool experiencing we drove to the supermarket to run some errands for our way back to Germany. The boyfriend put his wallet on top of our car, when we parked and totally forgot about it. Once we drove back, it was gone. Could be worse though. He’s got most of his cards and stuff back so all good and lesson learned 😀
If you guys wanna know more about the organization of this trip like how to get around the villages and how much the food costs etc. let me know in the comments below, I’ll be happy to give you more advice on that! ♥