The clifftop communities are special, they are small in size but their inspiring locations and stunning settings make it worth the effort to visit them once in your lifetime. Rest assured, you will get an amazing experience of actually “living on the edge”!
The spectacular clifftop town of Ronda lies in the Spanish province of Malaga and has the famed historic arched bridge which serves as the main link between the old town and the new town. A 100-meter deep El Tajo separates Ronda and as a result, most of the buildings are perched perilously at the edge of the canyon.
The island of Corsica always had eccentricity in its nature; be it the last captive place of Napoleon Bonaparte or the clifftop township of Bonifacio. Built over the years as an expensive marina and township for luxury yachts, Bonifacio is certainly not for the vertigo oriented persons. At 230 feet high, Bonifacio’s most rooms offer steep views of the majestic Mediterranean Sea.
Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain
Castellfolit de la Roca is a quaint Spanish town in the province of Girona, Catalonia and is perched 50 meters high on top of a basalt cliff. Living in this town is an adventure in itself as this place is not meant for absentminded people! Be careful while getting up and moving in your balcony or standing near a window as a wrong step can plunge you deep into the abyss.
The famed island of Greece, Santorini is perched on the volcanic cliffs of an ancient caldera and surrounded by deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Beautiful white coloured houses and blue domed churches add contrast to the natural landscape which bathes in myriad hues during the famed daily sunset.
The picture perfect village of Manarola seems like a work of a painter at first glance. However, the village’s famed multi-layered buildings painted in delightful and bright colours and an amazing setting of craggy cliff edge makes it even more dramatic. The black cliffs are battered by white waves of the Mediterranean Sea, making it a sight to behold. However, don’t get too close as you may get swept away by the powerful waves.
Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy
The beautiful Amalfi Coast is dotted with small townships nestled along the slopes of the rolling valley and small coves and outreaching cliffs. The scenery is stunning! Colourful multi-storey buildings amidst the backdrop of deep blue Mediterranean Sea seems like a land straight out of a poet’s imagination.
The fairy tale town of Rocamadour is located on the edge of 150 feet deep canyon surrounded by thick green foliage and carved into the limestone of Causse de Gramat. The Rocamadour is also steeped in history and is the second most visited site in France after Mount St. Michael.
Mesa Verde – Cliff Palace, USA
Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwellings in Colorado, USA. The dwellings are abandoned but debate remains about their abandonment. The Mesa Verde Cliff Palace are now part of USA National Park System and is a protected research and preservation centre.
Meteora Monasteries, Greece
The name ‘Meteora’ is Greek language means “suspended in air”, making it an apt name for the stunning Meteora Monasteries. The first Greek Orthodox monastery was built here in the 12th century and by the 14th century, 24 such monasteries were built. However, unfortunately only 6 remains today.
Dar al-Hajar, Yemen
Dar al-Hajar is a royal palace located near Yemen’s capital Sana’a and has served as the summer residence of Imam Yahya Muhammad Hamid ed-Din, the ruler of Yemen. This amazing palace sits on top of a rock formation and is also known as ‘Rock Palace’.