Italy - Cinque Terre
Meaning “Five Lands,” the quintessential villages of Cinque Terre hug the rugged coast like the beads of your favourite necklace. While you’re mesmerized by the World Heritage views, you’re also getting an aerobic workout on foot or by bike, unless you take a train or a boat!
The hamlets of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore were fortified during the first millennium, then matched by the fortitude of their inhabitants who created stone walled terraces for the luscious legacy of lemons, olives and vines. You’ll soon acquire a taste for local gastronomic adventures based on seafood, pasta, tomatoes and potatoes not to mention the region’s sciacchetra dessert wine and limoncello liquer!
When you’ve done your dash with hilltop views and heart stopping climbs, there are peaceful piazzas and impossibly brilliant turquoise waters to swim, dive and gently revive you.