After our somewhat epic hike between Vernazza to Monterosso al Mare, and after a couple slices (well, a couple pies), we did something we longed for while we were on the trail itself – we hit the beach.
The interesting thing about the beach, at least the section beside the train station, is that they didn’t have sand. The beach itself consisted of relatively large rocks, which made for some painful walking into and out of the water. We spent about an hour or so at the beach, enjoying the beautiful water, the now pleasant sun, and the moment of relaxation.
There are several beaches at Monterosso and you can rent umbrellas, chairs, kayaks, lockers, and even showers at all of them. Some of the beaches are “private,” meaning that you needed to rent umbrellas and chairs in order to enjoy them, but there were several “public” ones without such requirements. Since we were only spending a short while there, public was the best option for us.
As much as we enjoyed the trek over, we certainly weren’t going to be walking the trail back. Fortunately, there were trains! We had a twenty minute wait for the next train so we decided to stop by a little newsstand for some refreshments. Beside the newsstand we found a nice touristy map of the trails, that did the trails absolutely no justice in terms of difficulty. 🙂
Once we made our way back, we were ready for a quick shower and dinner.