Fun things to do in Manarola

  • Padlocks on the Via dell'Amore
    Padlocks on the Via dell'Amore
    by toonsarah
  • The Cinque Terre trails
    by goodfish
  • The Cinque Terre trails
    by goodfish

Most Viewed Things to Do in Manarola

  • wilocrek's Profile Photo

    The Harbor

    by wilocrek Updated May 31, 2008

    This where you can catch the ferries that run between the five villages. Its also a popular place to congregate and you will find that most of the locals meet and greet with their friends by the harbor at the end of the working day. With the buildings and the ocean as as backdrop this is a nice place to spend a few hours.

    Was this review helpful?

  • wilocrek's Profile Photo

    Streets of Maranola

    by wilocrek Written Mar 21, 2008

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Much like the other villages in Cinque Terre the streets of Maranola are tight, narrow, and wind around the buildings with no specific pattern. And like the other villages every twist and turn offers something new to see and explore. Take the time in between hiking the trails to explore the streets of Maranola, it will be worth your while!

    Was this review helpful?

  • wilocrek's Profile Photo

    Soaking in the Sun

    by wilocrek Written Mar 21, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    As you can see by the picture this is a popular place to sit on a warm stone bench and soak in the sunlight. The benches are located on the start of the path towards Corniglia. The benches face the harbor and offer a scenic view of Maranola. Grab a Coke, sit down, and relax with the locals!

    Was this review helpful?

  • wilocrek's Profile Photo

    The Beach

    by wilocrek Written Mar 21, 2008

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The beach is located about 1/3 of the way down the trail to Corniglia, its located right below the train station. The beach itself is extremely rocky, but many of the rocks are smooth and were actually fairly comfortable to lay down on. Its one of the longer and widest beaches in Cinque Terre. Its also away from the villages so its a bit more secluded as well as many tourists don't even know its there.

    Was this review helpful?

  • wilocrek's Profile Photo

    Scenic Maranola Views

    by wilocrek Written Mar 21, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The best long range views of Maranola are from the trail towards Corniglia. Even if you don't plan on hiking the whole trail you can still catch some great views of the village by going about halfway down the path, roughly 10 to 15 minutes. This will give you full views of the village and the ocean, definitely worth seeing!

    Was this review helpful?

  • kathymof's Profile Photo

    Enjoy the flora and fauna of Manarola

    by kathymof Updated Aug 8, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You will see many cats lazily sunning themselves, oblivious to what is going on around them. There are ducks floating blissfully in the crystal clear water and there are numerous insect photo ops from the high trail around Manarola - the one that goes to the north side of town.

    Bug and bee on thistle Gorgeous grape vines Ducks in harbor area lazy cat Another lazy cat

    Was this review helpful?

  • tini58de's Profile Photo

    Discover the charming details....

    by tini58de Updated Apr 2, 2007

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    More than in the other four villages of the Cinque Terre I found Manarola to be especially charming! When strolling around town you will be able to discover lots of wonderful little details, like little madonna statues, lanterns, letterboxes or just decors - you might get an idea by looking at my photos!

    Was this review helpful?

  • tini58de's Profile Photo

    Walk the small alleys and climb the steps!

    by tini58de Updated Apr 2, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    What I enjoyed most about Manarola were those small alleys and staircases that leed you from one hidden gem to the next. There are fabulous lookouts, charming little houses or little piazze opening up when you turn around the next corner!

    Was this review helpful?

  • tini58de's Profile Photo

    Adrean's watermill

    by tini58de Updated Apr 1, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ever since the 5th and 6th century, when Romans had conquered this region, there have been watermills recorded to be here. I do not know how old this specific mill is, but it sure is a landmark of Manarola.

    These mills were used to grind grains and cereals and to press a certain amount of olive oil for private use only!

    Was this review helpful?

  • tini58de's Profile Photo

    San Lorenzo Church

    by tini58de Updated Apr 1, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Church of San Lorenzo was built in 1338, has a beautiful Gothic facade and wonderful pictures of unknown artists inside the church! It is a very impressive monument, indeed! The church is situated in the upper part of town.

    Was this review helpful?

  • miketrudeau's Profile Photo

    Walking the Way of Love

    by miketrudeau Updated Mar 23, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    When visiting Manarola or Riomaggiore, I insist that you take an afternoon to walk along the Via del'Amore (translated as the Way of Love). It's a beautiful footpath along the coastal cliffs between the two towns. I recommend setting off in late afternoon so you will arrive in Riomaggiore (or Manarola, depending on you point of departure) just after sunset.
    If travelling from Manarola to Riomaggiore, there's a cool little bar that serves its own wine at very reasonable prices. This is a very romantic walk, and nothing celebrates having accomplished what you set out to do like a glass of wine that you've never tasted before.
    Towards Riomaggiore there are great murals lining the walls of a tunnel through the cliffs. Great to stroll through.
    We skipped off the trail for an evening swim. It was a great time, and I highly recommend it.

    Swimming off the Via del'Amore
    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo

    Hike and Picnic

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 22, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The trail connecting the 5 villages is a pictureque walk along the coast and elevated enough to give spectacular views of the Ligurian Sea. We are not great hikers but did one day stop in the local grocer and pick up some cheese, olives, bread and beer for a picnic on the trail. Even though this was mid summer we almost had the place to ourselves and even found a carved bench in an inset area to relax and admire the view.

    Pesto and Heiniken
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo

    Enjoy the street art

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 22, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This photo is actually from Riomaggiore. We walked the Via dell' Amore from Manarola and wandered the streets for a while. There were a number of small murals along the streets of Riomaggiore depicting it at various times in its history. This one is 1860. They really add to the enjoyment of this maze of pastel homes sort of hanging onto each other.

    Was this review helpful?

  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo

    Walk the Via dell' Amore

    by rexvaughan Written Mar 22, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    These 5 villages are connected by a scenic trail along the coast so that you can hike the whole stretch if you so desire. Some parts are harder than others and hiking from one end to the other would probably take 5 or 6 hours. The views out onto the Med (actually Ligurian) Sea are spectacular. The only walk we took was from Manarola to Riomaggiore , a nice half hour stroll. It is called the Via dell' Amore and part of it runs above the train tracks as seen in the photo. The Via is at the top and the train gallery below. So take your amore and stroll this romantic passageway.

    Trains below, people above
    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • lamentforicarus's Profile Photo

    Manarola's Main Street

    by lamentforicarus Updated Oct 4, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Manarola's main street is also the village's main attraction. The drag hosts many of Manarola's restaurants and shops, as well as a large crowd of tourists. Start at the village's small harbor, watching the waves crash over the breakwater, and ascend up the steep hill, absorbing the sights and sounds around you. Notice the brilliant blue fishing boats pulled up along the street side restaurants. Watch the older women call after mischievous children and hang laundry out on long lines under the bright green windows. Pick out your favorite flavor of gelato at the gelateria and climb to the small church at the top of the hill. From here, you can spy over the action below and capture a wonderful view of the entire village.

    Was this review helpful?

Manarola Hotels

See all 13 Hotels in Manarola

Latest Manarola Hotel Reviews

La Torretta
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 4 Reviews
B&B and Apartments Da Baranin
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 5 Reviews
Hotel Marina Piccola
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Hotel Ca D'Andrean Manarola
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Alla Porta Rossa
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Ostello Cinque Terre
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 6 Reviews
Arpaiu
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Casa Capellini
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 4 Reviews

Instant Answers: Manarola

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

28 travelers online now

Comments

Manarola Things to Do

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Manarola locals.
Map of Manarola
Other Things to Do in Manarola