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Impressive Clifftop Towns

Amazing clifftop towns and villages with rich history, unique classic architecture and breathtaking views.

Bonifacio, France

Located at the southern tip of the island of Corsica, sits at 70 meters (230 ft) over the white limestone cliffs, eaten away by the wind and waves of the Mediterranean Sea. A naval haven throughout the century, Bonifacio is now a small marina for expensive yachts from around the world.

Ronda, Spain

Ronda is a town divided by a 100-meter deep canyon in the spanish province of Malaga. “El Tajo”, a 100-meter deep canyon, separates the old town form the new one, leaving some of the buildings and houses right on the edge of abyss.

Santorini (Oia), Greece

The archipelago of Santorini is what remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island, and leading to the creation of the current geological caldera. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of Europe’s tourist hotspots. The  volcanic eruption occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization.

Machu Picchu, Peru

The Incan people began construction on Machu Picchu in 1430, 50 miles northwest of their capital in Cusco, Peru during the height of their empire’s power. A hundred years later it was mysteriously deserted, and to this day archaeologists and historians can’t agree on why it was created or what led to its abandonment.

Al Hajjarah, Yemen

In the western part of the country lie the Haraz mountains and the village of Al Hajjarah. The fortified clifftop center of the village was originally built by the Ottomans in the 11th century, partly for military purposes and partly to serve as a Muslim enclave for what was then a mostly Jewish village.

Manarola, Italy

It is hard to say how old this village is, but ancient Roman texts have been found which celebrated the wines produced there. Today, you can still enjoy strolls through the vineyards or a walk on the Via dell’ Amore (Path of Love).

Meteora, Greece

Meteora, meaning “suspended in air”, is  made up of six orthodox monasteries built on sandstone rock pillars that rise over 1,000 feet from the ground.

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2 responses

  1. f

    Beautiful

    April 28, 2012 at 14:42

  2. VladOne

    These are amazing! Wish I could travel more.

    September 10, 2010 at 03:22

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