If you’re looking to hike rugged landscapes featuring cliff-side views of the never-ending ocean, a safe bet for female solo travellers is Cinque Terre, Italy, on the coast of the Italian Riviera.
What, no cars or corporations?!
Cinque Terre is especially appealing because it is a coastline community comprised of five villages and the surrounding hillsides are both a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To preserve the National Park and Heritage Site, rules were set in place many decades ago banning all cars and corporate development. Hiking trails, trains and boats connect the five villages.
Keep an eye out for: Fellow Travellers
One of the reasons why Cinque Terre is considered safe is because its population consists mostly of a few hundred townspeople who tend to the land and to small local businesses that cater to the tourist community. In a place like this, you’ll want to protect yourself from fellow travellers by safely securing the items you leave behind in your accommodation.
Beware of: Torrential Rain
While Cinque Terre’s climate is mild and sunny with small temperature variations throughout the year, it has been known to be affected by rain around October, especially towards the end of the month. On October 25th, 2011 the villages were severely affected by torrential flooding. Nine people were confirmed killed by the floods and damages to the villages were extensive.
Narrow paths ahead!
Depending on which trajectory you choose, steep and narrow hiking paths might be of concern. Do some initial research by reviewing the length, difficulty and duration of each trail. Some paths are so narrow only one person can cross at a time. Be sure to choose a trail that suits your personal hiking comfort level and the amount of time you’re willing to dedicate to hiking up and downhill.
Shoe that fits your foot well with solid, gripping soles
Easy pack snacks: trail mix or fruit
Sunscreen and/or a hat