Many people visiting Cinque Terre have a hard time deciding which town to stay in when they go. A lot depends on what you are interested in seeing and doing while you are there, and also whether you have a preference for a large town or small.
Some towns in Cinque Terre have beaches, while others do not, and some towns have more restaurants and hotels than others. As such, doing some research can help you find the best town to stay in while you are visiting Cinque Terre.
Below are links to descriptions of each of the five towns. They can help you figure out where to base yourself for your trip to the region.
Monterosso al Mare – Monterosso al Mare is one of the largest towns in Cinque Terre, and also the northern-most. It has the best beaches of all five towns, and is a favorite of sun worshippers.
Vernazza – Vernazza has some of the best restaurants in Cinque Terre, so many foodie travelers stay there. It also has a beach, which attracts those that like to lie out.
Corniglia – Corniglia is the only town in Cinque Terre that is not located on the water. It is high up on a hillside, and offers sea views and great shops.
Manarola – Manarola is one of the quietest towns in Cinque Terre, so is a good choice if you are looking for a more secluded place to stay.
Riomaggiore – Like Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore is one of the largest towns in Cinque Terre. It has good shops and restaurants, and is a hub for the Cinque Terre ferries.