There’s something incredibly beautiful and exciting about being close to death – yeah, this is why the homo sapiens are the strangest mammals on the planet. Nothing creates a better “End of the World Experience” than the dramatic coastlines formed by vertical sea cliffs. I’m not sure you’ve got the guts to stand on top of these tall cliffs, which is why we came up with this list of 10 most exciting see cliffs out there.
10. Etretat | Exciting Sea Cliffs
Étretat is a small coastal village featuring cliffs and a famous natural arch. The spectacular sea cliffs attracts famous artists such as Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. The pebbled beach, sparked with quartz geodes, and beautiful scenery resulted in a resort beach being built here. That looks tall!
9. Paracas Sea Cliffs
Paracas National Reserve is a popular nature reserve, as well as a beach destination on the southern coast of Peru. The reserve is a good place for bird watching, the sea cliffs that fringe the beaches provide home to thousands of them. Don’t miss out on a visit to scenic Playa Roja or Red Beach, but watch where you’re going, OK?
8. White Cliffs of Dover
The White Cliffs of Dover spread east and west from the port town of Dover. The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards France across the narrowest part of the English Channel; this is the place where invasions have historically threatened and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. The cliff face reaches up to 107 meters (351 feet). I can’t believe the French didn’t get scared of that.
7. Látrabjarg | Most Exciting Sea Cliffs in the World
14 km long and up to 440 meter (1443 feet) high, the Látrabjarg is one of the three largest bird cliffs in Iceland; it’s easy to visit, as a road leads practically to the cliff’s edge and the end of a continent. After that, you start swimming!
6. Bunda Cliffs | Most Exciting Sea Cliffs in the World
The Bunda Cliffs aren’t the only cliffs on Australia’s long coastline. Bunda Cliffs is an aboriginal name; the sea cliffs are 60 (200 ft) to 120 meters (400 ft) high and extend for around 100 km along the Great Australian Bight, where surfers gather to have fun and rock platforms allow for whale-watching.
5. Cabo Girao
Cabo Girão is located in the southern part of the Madeira Islands. At 570 meters (1,870 ft), this place is considered to be the highest sea cliff in Europe. I’m guessing the view down the almost sheer drop to the ocean is thrilling, and so is the cable car ride installed on the slope of the cliff so farmers can reach these low-lying fields.
4. Acantilados de Los Gigantes
Acantilados de Los Gigantes (“Cliffs of the Giants”) are located along the western coast of the Canary Island Tenerife and represent the highest cliffs of the Canaries. Better yet, there’s a small bay where the resort town of Los Gigantes lies. From there you may enjoy a boat ride out to the foot of the Los Gigantes cliffs. That would make you feel insignificant, I bet.
The Greek island of Santorini is famous for its dramatic views, stunning sunsets, the white-washed houses, its very own active volcano as well as the various places to visit as a tourist. Fira is the capital of Santorini; the unique architecture, cobblestone streets, numerous shops, tavernas, hotels and cafes will keep you busy – if you can handle being on the edge of the 400 meter (1,300 ft) high sea cliffs, that is.
2. Kalaupapa Cliffs
Located on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Kalaupapa is a village at the base of the highest sea cliffs in the world – according to the Guinness Book of World Records. If you plan on getting 1,010 meters (3,315 feet) above the Pacific Ocean, please note that visitors must be transported by trail descending along the cliffs to Kalaupapa. Have fun!
1. Cliffs of Moher | Most Exciting Sea Cliff
The Cliffs of Moher are widely considered to be one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. The cliffs rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, eight kilometers away. There’s more than one reason to visit this place, but I’m guessing this picture is enough.