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Travel Tip: Train to Cinque Terre from Pisa

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For years, my mum has talked about travelling to Europe and visiting the Cinque Terre. And after seeing pictures on Coles post from a few years ago, I wanted to see it for myself too! However, after doing a bit of research, I was still stumped as to HOW to get to Cinque Terre from Pisa, and was not confident as to WHERE I could or should book accommodation. Everyone travels there and posts their pretty as a postcard pictures, but NO ONE gives facts on getting there from Pisa!

First of all, I didn’t know what to search – Cinque Terre, Cinque Way Terre or one of the many names of towns I kept coming across…

Vernazza

Vernazza

Train to Cinque Terre from Pisa

Catching the train to Cinque Terre from Pisa was EASY! So easy in fact, that I do not know what I was worried about.

First of all, we caught a train to La Spezia. At Pisa Central train station, we were able to turn up and buy our ticket right there and then from a machine to La Spezia Central. We must have struck luck as the next train departed in 5 minutes and tickets only cost 7.20 euro per person. Warning: Do not forget to validate your ticket before boarding the train!

Once you are in La Spezia you will then need to purchase a Cinque Terre Card, which will give you access to the train line that travels to all the towns along the Cinque Terre, plus it gives you access to the ‘official’ walking tracks.

Note: You can also reach Cinque Terre from Genoa. You simply need to board the Cinque Terre train from the other end in Levanto (scroll further down to see a map).

The beach in Vernazza

The beach in Vernazza

Cheap accommodation in Cinque Terre

With so much tourism, nowhere is CHEAP in Italy, let alone Cinque Terre. The cheapest option I could find (during September) was a hostel in Biassa called Ostello Tramonti which was cheaper than Coles 80 euro private room in Monterosso but the reason it was cheap, is because we were bunking in a dorm room.

We suggest grabbing a takeaway pizza and gobbling it down with this view in Riomaggiore

We suggest grabbing a takeaway pizza and gobbling it down with this view in Riomaggiore

Where does the Cinque Terre train stop?

Cinque Terre is famous for 5 of its towns, but just to make your research confusing – there are more than 5 beautiful towns! Here is a map of the Cinque Terre region. The train follows the coast, starting and ending at each of the train icons, visiting each of the 5 Cinque Terre towns (marked by hearts). Some of the towns can also be reached by car eg Monterosso and Riomaggiore, but they are certainly easiest to reach via train.  I have also pointed out Biassa, which is where we stayed, and the ‘other’ beautiful town called Porto Venere (which is not accessible via train).

Apologies, this map has temporarily been disabled 🙂

How long does it take to walk the Cinque Terre?

Unfortunately, when we visited in September two of the tracks were closed due to landslides. From looking behind the barred gates we assume that these two pathways between Riomaggiore – Manarola – Corniglia, would have been the two easiest and most beautiful as they hug the coastline. There was no sign to say if or when the paths will be fixed. However, the two that are open, were fairly hilly but only took us one day to walk. Yes we were exhausted, but it was a great day!

Two of the Cinque Terre walk ways are currently closed

Two of the Cinque Terre walk ways are currently closed

How many nights should we stay in Cinque Terre?

We stayed three nights and this was perfect! However, if the other two tracks had been open we would have needed 4 nights. It gave us enough time to have a dinner in Riomaggiore, and Manarola, see the main 5 towns in one day, plus spend a day walking to Portovenere.

Doria Castle (Castello Doria) is open from 10am – 8pm. Make sure you climb to the top of the tower!

Doria Castle (in Vernazza) is open from 10am – 8pm. Make sure you climb to the top of the tower!

The ‘other’ beautiful town near Cinque Terre

Porto Venere is like the forgotten youngest sibling, however it was one of our favourite towns! You cannot travel there via the Cinque Terre train. Instead you can bus, drive or trek. The owner of our hostel suggested a route to trek there from Biassa, so we took his advice and even though it was a terribly rainy day, we had a blast!! The path was a lot more challenging than the famous Cinque Terre walk, so I’m almost proud to say I only slipped over once!

Porto Venere

Porto Venere

More photos from our Cinque Terre adventure

Walking the Cinque Terre

Walking the Cinque Terre

Tunnel to the beach at Vernazza

Tunnel to the beach at Vernazza

Vernazza

Vernazza

Vernazza Cinque Terre

Vernazza

Stairs to Corniglia from the train station

Stairs to Corniglia from the train station

Path markings

Red and white path marking

Monterosso

Monterosso

Manarola

Manarola

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore

Looking down on Vernazza

Looking down on Vernazza

Man selling Limoncello near Monterosso

Local selling Limoncello near Monterosso

Fresh cold water in Cinque Terre

The various fountains are great to refill at and safe to drink

Cinque Terre Bridge

Canon at Manarola

Canon at Manarola

Cinque Terre Sunset

The towns face West, allowing for great sunsets

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. MissLilly

    October 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Looks really a beautiful place

  2. Franca

    October 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    We loved Cinque Terre too and we took a train from Pisa as well. When we went some paths were still closed so we decided to take the alternative one through the hills and we ended up walking on a very steep one walking by the vineyards, it was pretty scary because I’m terrified of heights and there was no protections at all, but the view was worth it!

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      Hi Franca, that’s awesome that you chose to do the alternative walks. They sound pretty scary though, probably more similar to our walk to Porto Venere!

  3. Kieu

    October 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Absolutely obsess with Ligurian cuisine and this region of Italy! We had the best lobster linguini in Manarola.. and anchovies, love the anchovies. 🙂

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 29, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      Wow! Maybe I will have to go back and try more of the food!

  4. Tracey Carisch

    December 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Our family was recently there as part of this around the world adventure we’re on together. You’re right about those two closed trails – beautiful and easy walks. It’s a shame you couldn’t do them. A note for anyone going with a family, they have family passes you can by on the trail giving trail and train access for 2 adults and all kids in the family. It’s a good deal that you sometimes have to ask for specifically or they’ll charge individual prices.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      December 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      Wow that’s awesome you are travelling as a family! Thanks for the family pass advice and safe travels 🙂

  5. Tiina

    May 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    We will be traveling here in just a month! So excited. Before that we will be traveling around other parts of Italy though. Did you guys travel through all the 5 cities in one day? We were thinking that if we start in the morning we could go through them in one-day-hike. Do you think it’s possible, or do you need to run to be able to do it?

    • Rebecca Barlow

      May 17, 2015 at 1:22 AM

      Hi Tiina, yes we explored all five cities in one day, however we only walked between two of the towns. Some of the main paths between the towns are probably still closed, however there are other roads and routes you can walk. If you wish to walk between all five towns I highly recommend giving yourself more than one day as there is so much to explore within each town! The paths are neat, but the towns are more exciting than the walking routes 🙂

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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