That day, we took the train to Manarola to start the hike. We were going with Philippe and Mireille to Riomaggiore. It was not a very long hike.
Riomaggiore (meaning river major) is built into a river gorge. It has a tiny harbor protected by large slabs of alabaster and marble which serve as tanning beds for sunbathers. The town is a fascinating tangle of pastel homes leaning on each other like drunken sailors.
After a snack and a drink, we said good bye to our friends. We had time to do more walking. We went up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Montenegro. We could not go inside the sanctuary but we enjoyed the hike and the view on the Ligurian Sea ( an arm of the Mediterranean Sea).
We took the train back to Vernazza . We watched the sunset from our deck.
The next day was our last day in Cinque Terre. We stayed in the village. I took more photos.
By chance, I met our friends Barbara and Michel from Paris. They were also visiting Cinque Terre with some friends. It was great to see them. We had spent time with them last year in Paris.
I went back to the beach before dinner.
I must say this time in Vernazza was very special. The hikes were good and the ambiance of this small village was great. By the end of the day, it was quiet. We could have a drink by the harbor, find a restaurant for dinner and enjoy the quietness of our room way above the village ( 100 steps to go up and down the main street).
A little sad to leave Vernazza but our trip is not over yet. Thanks for reading.