The Beccara trail (#531) connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola

13 thoughts on “The Beccara trail (#531) connecting Riomaggiore and Manarola”

  1. Thank you for this! I’ve been researching for alternate paths ever since the closure of the popular trails. Have you tried the trails 587-586-506 that connects Manarola and Corniglia thru Volastra? I do hope you could cover that route as well, it’s not much popular and it’s hard to find any reliable information about the paths.

    Also, how about doing a piece about ‘Swimming Spots’ in Cinque Terre? I know they’re just there in the harbor, but each town has it’s own flavor of ‘beach’ and some of them beautiful coves between towns that are quite hidden I believe. Sorry for imposing, but I do hope you’d consider! Oh, and food munching spots too! That’d be fun, you could eat at different restos and shops…. and say it’s for research haha

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    1. Ciao Roland!

      The alternate trail between Manarola and Corniglia (via Volastra) is one of my favorite hikes and I actually recommend it even when that section of the coastal trail is open! It’s absolutely beautiful. Starting in Manarola, you make your way up through the vineyards to Volastra (which is a tiny but beautiful village), then you continue through the olive groves and descend into Corniglia (all the while with panoramic views). You’ll love it.

      Thanks for your suggestions! I actually have plans to post a side-by-side comparison of beach/sea access in each of the five villages (great minds think alike, eh?). The blog is a labor of love so I have to allot time for it after I’ve fulfilled work and family commitments. 🙂 It’s all worthwhile when I see that people are enjoying the blog!

      Take care!


  2. I did this hike….on a very hot day. We started early to try to avoid the heat but the trail is super hard. I would compare it to climbing a gravel ladder.


    1. Ciao Annelies!

      I have two boys, one is nearly six and the other is one and a half. I hike with them all the time (check out my Instagram) with the youngest in a baby carrier. Granted, it will depend on your kids and how attentive and sure footed they are. You could hike from Riomaggiore to its sanctuary (Madonna di Montenero) in a little less than an hour (on the “Via Grande”). If you pack a picnic, the sanctuary is a good place to sit and let the kids play!

      Hope that helps!


  3. I’m disappointed that the Beccara trail is closed. My friend and I will be there in a couple of weeks and we’re looking forward to that hike. I’m trying to look at trails and maps… but I can’t figure out what trails we would need to take now to get from Manarola to Riomaggiore? Thanks!


    1. Ciao Lenisa!

      I understand your disappointment. Let’s hope that the time of closure will allow for necessary repairs and maintenance on the trail.

      Read my reply to one of the comments above to see alternatives for the Beccara.



      1. Thanks! I hope it’s open when we get there, that would be fantastic!
        I went back through the comments again and only found the Manarola to Corniglia, not to Riomaggiore. I must be missing something.


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