Most Stunning Cliff-Side Towns

Here are some of the most stunning cliff-side towns around the world

Riomaggiore, Italy

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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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Santorini, Greece

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Azenhas do Mar, Portugal

Azenhas do Mar

Rocamadour, France

Rocamadour is a small clifftop village in south-central France. It is known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase. It includes the Chapelle Notre-Dame, with its Black Madonna statue, and the Romanesque-Gothic Basilica of St-Sauveur. La Forêt des Singes, a park where macaques roam free, is to the northeast. The Rocher des Aigles bird park lies to the west.


Ronda in Andalusia, Spain

Ronda is a historic cliff town divided by a deep canyon in the autonomous region of Andalusia. The town’s history can be traced back to the early Celts who first settled in the region during the 6th century BC. Nevertheless, the current town has its origins in the Roman period. The Romans founded the town as a fortified post during the Second Punic War, in the 3rd century BC. Ronda reached the status of a city under the rule of Julius Caesar. Later, the Visigoths captured the city in the 5th century and lost it to the Umayyad troops in 713. During the Islamic period that lasted until 1485, the city took its current name and acquired its Islamic architectural heritage. After the Spanish Inquisition, the Islamic structures were either rebuilt or adapted to Christianity.

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Ronda, Spain
Ronda, Spain

Wadi Dawan, Yemen

Wadi Dawan is a town and desert valley in central Yemen. Located in Hadhramaut Governorate, it is noted for its mud brick buildings.

Wadi Dawan

Piodão, Portugal

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Pitigliano, Italy

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Metéora, Greece

There are 6 Meteora monasteries perched on the huge cliffs people can visit today. A visit to Meteora monasteries offers a unique perspective of nature’s grandeur in conjunction with history, architecture, and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the Divine. Meteora today is the largest archaeological site of Greece in terms of the area that it covers. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989 and an official holy place for Greece since 1995.

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Mont Saint-Michel, France

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