Heading north from Riomaggiore, the second village is Manarola, with population of 450 people.Manarola as Riomaggiore is characterized by the presence of the colorful house-towers and has preserved medieval fortifications which protected citizens from pirates.
It also has a small harbour where you can sink in the purest shore of the Mediterranean and there's a perfect spot where the most famous Cinque Terre photos are taken from.
Here's a curiosity about Manarola: the painted white pyramid that emerges among the tallest houses is a trigonometric signal for sailors (I'm not sure you get to see it in my photos). Another curious thing in Manarola is the elevator for boats. At the beginning I didn't catch the idea... why would there be an elevator.. and then I understood that it's actually an elevator for boats. To carry a boat from a stony bay it should be hanged on a block and lifted upwards, then placed on the square.
Beneath you will see some photos of the Manarola, Sentiero Azzuro and a guy that struggled for a good while till he decided to actually jump.. but as I said ...who doesn't want to dip in that emerald green see? ... So inviting..