There are some amazing feats of architecture in our world, from single beautiful buildings to entire towns built on the tops of towering cliffs or carved into the sides of mountains. These are the types of views that can take your breath away. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I bet we can all agree the 10 incredible city cliffs featured on this list will get you to buy at least one ticket in the following week. Enjoy!
10. Castellfollit de la Roca
Castellfollit de la Roca is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia, Spain. Built onto the basalt cliffs between two rivers, most of the city’s buildings seem to be hovering on the very edge of the cliff, providing visitors with the illusion that they could tumble down at any moment. The oldest parts of the village were built in the Middle Ages, made up of narrow streets and dark corners, while the houses were constructed out of volcanic rock.
Rocamadour is a tiny village located on the rocky face above a gorge on the Alzou River, France. The buildings here rise in stages up the side of a cliff, with flights of steps ascending from the lower town to the churches. The village dates back to the 12th century and was almost deserted during the French Revolution; but, today it is popular again, due to a legend that tells St. Amadour was a witness to the deaths of St. Peter and St. Paul in Rome and later traveled to this location and became a hermit.
Bonifacio is located at the southern tip of the island of Corsica, with the city and its fortifications extending for some distance along the cliff-tops. The city cliffs have been undercut by the ocean so that the buildings appear to overhang it. It almost looks surreal.
Acapulco is the original Mexican resort town; it became popular during the 1950s, as a getaway for Hollywood stars and millionaires. But no visit to Acapulco is complete without watching the cliff divers perform their impressive jumps into dangerous waters below. Please note that these divers are professionals.
6. Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde, in southwestern Colorado, is home to the famous cliff dwellings of the ancient Anasazi people. This may be the most significant archeological preserve of Native American culture in the US. In the 12th century, the Anasazi start building houses, with some as large as 150 rooms. The most famous of these are called Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House. By 1300, all of the Anasazi had left the Mesa Verde area, so you’re welcomed to take a trip down there.
5. Bandiagara Escarpment
The Bandiagara Escarpment is a sandstone cliff in the Dogon country of Mali. Rising almost 500 meters (1,640 ft) from the lower sandy flats below, these cliffs are dotted with ancient cave dwellings of the Tellem people. These people carved their caves into the cliffs of the escarpment so that their dead could be buried high above the flash floods that are common to the area. Well though and healthy.
Ronda is located in the province of Malaga in Spain, and is also famous for it’s city cliffs. Located at 760 meters (2,500 ft) above sea level, the city is split in two by the Guadalevin River that runs through Ronda; there are also three bridges that precariously cross the canyon so that you can cross from one side of Ronda to the other. The city’s architecture received its influence from the Romans and Moors who once ruled the area.
3. Al Hajjara
Al Hajjara, sometimes spelt as Al Hajara, is a historical cliff city in the Yemen’s Haraz Mountains. One of the most impressive and easily accessible mountain villages in Yemen, it was built into the mountain with quarried stone from the mountainside nearby. Al Hajjara dates from the twelfth century, with its fortified houses made with massive blocks of unmortared stone, cluster to form an uninterrupted rampart.
Positano is a small town on the Amalfi Coast of Compania, Italy. The city looks scattered from top to bottom down a hillside leading to the coast. Though the city grew and prospered in medieval times, by the mid 19th more than half of the population was gone. Luckily, the 20th century allowed it to become a very popular tourist destination with the help of author John Steinbeck who touted its beauty.
1. Fira and Oia
Santorini is a volcanic island in the Greek islands. Famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets from the towns of Fira and Oia, the white-washed houses, and its very own active volcano, this place is to die for – so to speak. Oia was built at the top of majestic cliffs overlooking a submerged volcano, while Fira – the capital – is a marriage of Venetian and Cycladic architecture. Cobblestone streets, shops, tavernas, hotels and cafes, while clinging on the edge of the 400 meter (1,300 ft) high city cliffs. Take me there.. now!