At the tip of the Cinque Terre, near the small fishing town of Levanto and high on the cliffside, lies La Francesca Resort, which we were kindly invited to review this week. Without a second thought, we jumped on the plane and headed out to the Tuscan sun.
La Francesca is a stunning resort. Its multi-coloured holiday chalets are dotted on the hillside, peeping through foliage and brightly coloured flowers and all overlooking the glittering mediterranean sea. Upon arrival we were informed by our taxi driver that the road leading down to La Francesca was closed for cars and so we were dropped off at the top of the cliff and dragged our suitcases down to reception!
The chalets are simple, self-catering and family oriented, making them the perfect hideaway for an action-packed holiday. There’s plenty do around here with hiking, tennis, swimming, cycling and exploring the region’s breathtaking landscape and historic culture.
Each chalet has its own private balcony for you to enjoy and amongst the trees and the chirping of crickets, its a wonderful place to relax in the evening.
We spent our evenings at La Francesca’s cliffside restaurant with panoramic views of the sea and the dramatic coastline of the Cinque Terre. We were invited on a half board basis and had the choice between two Italian specialities each evening, although we politely declined the rabbit on our first night. With a blog called Cotton Tales, they should have known better!
After a hard day’s hiking the Cinque Terre, we enjoyed relaxing at La Francesca’s Piscina – although you are required to wear a swimming cap, which funnily enough neither of us brought along. Luckily, there is also the sea which is definitely worth the (strenuous) walk down the hillside. With sun loungers and hammocks, its the perfect spot to catch some rays and some sleep in the shade!
We keep mentioning the hills and that’s for a reason! La Francesca is situated from sea level all the way to the top, so there’s lots of incline walking involved – just remember the wonders its doing for your butt!
Unfortunately all the calories we burned walking up to breakfast, we immediately put on again as for half board stays the choice is limited to bread, biscuits and cake. It’s not ideal if you have special dietary requirements so if you are gluten or lactose intolerant, we’d recommend you self cater during your stay.
Overall, we’ve had a wonderful week and would recommend La Francesca to anyone who enjoys an active holiday!
To find out more about the Cinque Terre, read our beginner’s guide here.