10 Incredible City Cliffs around the World

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Castellfollit de la Roca

Medes Islands, Spain.

Castellfollit de la Roca, also known asCastelldefollit, is a small town and municipality in the comarca of the Maresme in Catalonia, Spain. The town is located on the tip of the Maresme Peninsula, but annually the sea sometimes wash away a part of this small town.

The sea erosion is caused by the combination of the strong winds, the big waves and the intense precipitation, but most of all by the depth of the Mediterranean Sea.

Castellfollit is one of the few places along the Costa Brava peninsula that do not have a beaches thanks to the presence of these cliffs.

This special place has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 and as one of the most picturesque places in Catalonia, and it is also listed as one of the most exceptional sea erosion front line examples in the world by the World Wildlife Fund.

The Castellfollit de la Roca, also known as Castell de la Roca, is a cliff that dominates the entire western end of the eponymously named city of Castellfollit de la Roca on Spain’s Costa Brava, in Costa Dorada (Golden Coast), a popular tourism district of the province of Girona, Catalonia.

Rocamadour

In France, One of the Most Iconic Mountain Towns in the World.

The city is a very popular destination for tourists; in the first week of August approximately 60,000 people visit the town, making it a very popular site for worshipers and tourists alike. The center of the city itself is small, with churches and hotels surrounding the Rocamadour Sanctuary, which was originally constructed in honor of St. Anthony of Padua.

The adjacent valley, filled with a lush and man-made forest, is surrounded by rocks that look like lips of the nearby cliffs. These natural limestone formations cover the valley, climbing the cliffs in a wide variety of shapes and colors.

The entire formation as a whole looks like the head of a gargoyle, which was an inspiration for the city’s name.

The city itself underwent many renovations in the 20th century, but its architecture is still very similar to that of the Middle Ages. The Sanctuary itself is constructed with local stone and a unique mixture of red bricks and limestone.

Today, the Sanctuary is a noted place of worship. Its history goes back to the 14th century, and it is still in use today. It was the first church to be established in the region, and was dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua.

Bonifacio

Acapulco

Located in Mexico, Acapulco Cliffs are hundreds of meters above the ocean. They are said to have the most beautiful views of Mexico. It is a part of the natural heritage of Acapulco, a city that is famous for its sunsets.

The cliffs are a part of a rock site that is a oldest in the world and have been witness to human history since 9,000 B.C., when the culture of the Olmec people planted their villages right at the foot of the cliffs.

The Guerrero coast was the site of the first city in the Americas, Tehuantepec. Current civilization was founded on Acapulco’s coast in the 12th century. Acapulco Indians, whose culture is now represented by the Chontal Indians, were introduced to Christianity in 1523.

Mesa Verde

Cliff Dwellings, Colorado, USA.

The Mesa Verde cliff dwellings are the only major cliff dwellings in the U.S. that are open to the public. They were built by ancestors of Ute, Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni people who inhabited these lands for more than a thousand years.

Located in southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is home to some of the finest cliff dwellings in the United States. Some of these cliff dwellings can be found near the cliff itself, while others are located in the alcoves far from the edge.

These structures, some of which are thousands of years old, were built between about 1200 AD and 1800 AD when the Colorado Plateau had its peak population.

Only a few thousand Native Americans still live in the region today. To get to these cliff dwellings, you can take a guided tour or just take a day hike. The cliff dwellings are a popular sight, but you are welcome to come anytime and explore them at your own pace.

Today, the people of the region mostly live a more modern lifestyle, but you can learn more about their history by exploring these ancient cliff dwellings.

Bandiagara Escarpment

Africa.

The Bandiagara Escarpment is a massive cliff in the far north of the central region of the country of Mali. It is a beautiful geographic feature that marks the beginning of the Sahara desert. This escarpment is about 2,000 feet above the surrounding area. It has a very interesting profile that rises up about 500 feet to the top of a plateau and then goes back down to the base of the cliff at 300 feet.

The Bandiagara Escarpment is the western limit of the Sahara Desert as it spreads east towards the Atlantic Ocean. It is a very fertile area where many nomadic or semi-nomadic groups come from and live, such as Touareg, Fulbé, and Sonomanke.

This landscape has a unique look with polished rock véracités, camel and cattle trails, lots of acacia trees, and a beautiful blue sky. The scenery is nothing short of breathtaking!

Ronda

Al Hajjara

This cliff is located in the south of Iraq on the border of Saudi Arabia and is visited by many people every year because of its beauty.

From the top of this cliff, you can look down and see an incredible view.

Technical Information of the World's Most Incredible City Cliffs.

This cliff is located in the south of Iraq on the border of Saudi Arabia and is visited by many people every year because of its beauty.

From the top of this cliff, you can look down and see an incredible view.

In the Middle East, there are many incredible cliffs.

Cliffs are the most natural marvels. As you can see by the wall of rock, something extraordinary may be hidden behind the unknown.

Technical Details

{1}. Al Hajira Cliff: In the south of Iraq on the border of Saudi Arabia, is standing this cliff, and in 2004 was nominated as the most incredible cliff in the world!
{2}. This cliff is located in the south of Iraq on the border of Saudi Arabia and is visited by many people every year because of its beauty.
{3}. Al Hajira Cliff is the place that the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) drove away the devil and restored the Muslim faith to the believers.
{4}. Al Hajira Cliff is more than 3,188 meters from the ground.

Positano

The town of Positano lies in the southwestern part of Italy, not far from Naples and the Amalfi Coast. This town is well-known for being the home of the world famous Amalfi Coast, a stretch of sunny beaches that are not only beautiful, but are difficult and dangerous to get to by foot. And yet, you’ll come to discover that there is another side to the town of Positano. Set back on a cliff, the town of Positano overlooks the azure waters of the Ionian Sea from its lofty perch.

Every year, thousands of travelers make their way to this tiny town. Some come just to sunbathe. Others come to stay in its hotels and villas. Fewer people visit the town of Positano just for its stunning vistas.

Perhaps it’s the increasing number of cruise ships that have been docking in town that has made it more well-known and more popular. Or maybe it’s just that the inevitable tide of tourism has obscured the true nature of this amazing town from a broad audience.

Whatever the reason, far too often Positano is overlooked by travelers who are more concerned with visiting the Amalfi Coast than exploring a little town called Positano. While certainly a powerful draw, the Amalfi Coast is a shadow of its former self.

Fira and Oia

Santorini Greece.

This incredible Natural Wonder of the World, Santorini, is a beautiful place filled with stunning waterfalls and cliffs. Cliffs seem to be everywhere in Santorini.

My favorite place on Santorini to view the sea and cliffs is Oia. This town is built on massive cliffs with amazing views around every corner.

The streets in Oia are small and narrow, making it convenient to find the best vantage points to see the incredible views. The gold rooftops of the houses, stairs built of centuries of layered rock, and waterfalls all around the coastline give Oia a very artistic atmosphere.

It’s a gorgeous and peaceful place to watch the sunset. If you’re a photographer, there are even some photogenic places here.

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