The ideal hiking months go from March to June and mid-September to November. In June and September you can also find refreshment on the high-altitude hiking trails at 700 m. On the long hikes you can soak up the beauty of nature and get a great distance from the problems of everyday life.
The most beautiful is undoubtedly the Sentiero Azzurro Cinque Terre hiking trail. You walk halfway up the cliff between the five villages from place to place.
Many tour operators describe the trails as easy hiking trails. The level of difficulty for inexperienced hikers should not be underestimated. Between the places there are about 200-400 meters of uphill and downhill over hill and dale.
Although the routes are easy to manage even in comfortable sports shoes, hiking shoes give better grip. Hiking sticks are also useful, especially downhill. Our travel tip: Practice climbing stairs before going on a hiking holiday to the Cinque Terre so that your knees don’t hurt.
If you just want to go for a walk, the best way to do this is in Manarola or Monterosso. There are sections of the route that are less steep.
Those who love long hikes can go the Cinque Terre high-altitude hiking trail AV5T. It runs above the cliffs and on long stretches through the forest. You should have enough water with you on these routes.
There are traces of wild boar in the forest and in autumn it can happen that the animals even look for mushrooms and chestnuts on the roadside. Wild boar salami (cinghiale) is a delicacy. On sunny sections, which are less frequented, one also encounters a snake.
A flashlight is very useful for hiking in the dark season.