As you approach the edges of these cliffs, brace yourself for a spectacular view. From sea cliffs along the coast to land cliffs overlooking canyons and valleys, here are our top picks for beautiful cliffs from around the world that will leave you in awe.
Beautiful Cliffs Around the World
1. Dorset, England
Durdle Door, Dorset Coastal Path, England. (photo by A Suitcase Full of Books)
For anyone in search of lovely cliffside vistas, I highly recommend England’s Dorset Coastal Path. Not only is the view of the English Channel and the white chalk cliffs stunning, but the clifftops also contain abandoned quarry caves that historically provided a haven for smugglers. Unfortunately, many of the caves have long since been closed off due to the bowing of the cave ceilings, which you can see if you glance inside.
As if these aren’t enough to wow you, one of the best cliff views of Dorset is Durdle Door at Lulworth Cove. It is definitely worth the steep walk to get there.
Anvil Point Lighthouse. (photo by A Suitcase Full of Books)
2. Ta’Cenc Cliffs, Gozo, Malta
Ta’Cenc Cliffs, Gozo, Malta. (photo by Philatravelgirl)
In search of the Ta’Cenc Cliffs on the island of Gozo in Malta, we were rewarded with this unbelievable view. With no one around, we had this all to ourselves. Views like this that make the journey worthwhile and remind you of the powerful beauty of nature.
3. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Beautiful Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (photo by The Aussie Flashpacker)
We visited the Cliffs of Moher on our Ireland road trip as I had wanted to see them for as long as I can remember. It is not surprising that they are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, with cliffs that rise up to 214 meters and run for 8 kilometers along the coastline.
I had high expectations for the Cliffs of Moher and I was completely blown away. They are rugged, breathtaking and worth a visit for anyone traveling to Ireland.
Special moment at Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (photo by The Aussie Flashpacker)
4. Animal Flower Cave, Barbados
The surrounding cliffs at Animal Flower Cave in Barbados is a must see. Breathing in the fresh air and taking in the phenomenal views reminded me of how much I adore nature. I hope to stand on as many cliffs as I can throughout the rest of my life.
5. Bondcliff, New Hampshire, U.S.
Scenic Bondcliff, New Hampshire. (photo by RoadLoud)
Mt. Bondcliff in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has an iconic ledge. You can venture to the edge for a spectacular shot of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The hike to Bondcliff can be done as part of a challenging day hike or as a backpack that goes over 4 mountains in about 20 miles. With no roads or buildings in sight from the ledge, the beauty of the wilderness is amazing.
Right on the edge at Bondcliff, New Hampshire. (photo by RoadLoud)
6. Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Italy (photo by Mel Adela)
I fell in love with Ravello on the Amalfi Coast. Not only is the beautiful town an enchantment in itself, the views from up there are stunningly captivating.
For the best views take a trip to Villa Cimbrone, a private garden. It has different sections dedicated to famous Roman gods and characters. The terrace of infinity overlooks the coast, and although it was such a misty day, the views from this garden edged on a cliff were spectacular. It made me feel like I was staring into a never-ending story.
7. Slieve League, Ireland
Slieve League, Ireland. (photo by Travel Addicts)
Some of Europe’s most impressive sea cliffs are found in Ireland. Just north of the Cliffs of Moher in County Donegal, these stunning cliffs plunge impressively into the rough sea of the Atlantic Ocean far below.
Slieve League Continued…
Slieve League is one of those places in the world that looks the same for thousands of years. Time indeed stands still as you gaze out at the ocean crashing against the rocks. Slieve League connects me to my own Irish history and will always be a special place in my heart.
8. Jersey, England
English Channel, Jersey, England (photo by Big World Small Pockets)
This wonderful cliff view was taken from my homeland – the tiny island of Jersey which sits in the English Channel just off the North coast of France. The beautiful cliff paths on the Island’s North coast has some wonderful walking tracks that Mum and I love to hike every time I’m home. The beautiful green and blue colours, along with the fresh sea air always invigorate me and take me back to my childhood. On a clear day, these cliffs provide stunning views of France on the horizon, and the small bays and fishing harbors dotting Jersey’s coastline. I don’t get home very often so in many ways, going back to these beautiful cliffs can be more of a holiday than traveling!
9. White Cliffs of Coromandel, New Zealand
White Cliffs! (photo by PhenomenalGlobe)
One of the most beautiful cliffs I have seen is in New Zealand. When I was hiking to Cathedral Cove on Coromandel, a peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand, I came across some stunning white cliffs rising from the beautiful blue water. You could hear the ocean pounding against the rock, a very impressive and a very relaxing sound at the same time. It was a beautiful hike and every bay was prettier than the previous one. The White Cliffs of Coromandel are definitely worth a visit!
10. Padstow, Cornwall, England
Padstow Lighthouse in Cornwall, England (photo by Expat in Bacolod)
This picture was taken from a cliff top a few miles south of Padstow in Cornwall, England. The cliffs offer views of the Atlantic Ocean, South Wales to the North and the East coast of Ireland to the West. What you cannot see are the playful seals who congregate on the rocks and the vegetation on the foreground that is known as gorse. It is the most magical place to be on a fine English summer day.
11. Pu’u o Kila, Kauai, Hawaii
Pu’u o Kila lookout in Kauai, Hawaii (photo by Janna on A Jaunt)
One of the best cliff views in the world, in my opinion, would be this view of the Kalalau Valley from the Pu’u o Kila lookout in Kauai, Hawaii. At an elevation of over 4,000 feet, the views here are definitely glorious! It is also the wettest place on earth as it receives close to 40 feet of precipitation annually. The view down the Waimea Valley is not for the faint-hearted. But if you are brave enough, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean down below.
12. The Giant’s Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. (photo by The Roaming Renegades)
This year we took the short trip over to this relatively unknown country to fulfill our bucket list ambition of seeing the Giant’s Causeway. But what we hadn’t realized was just how stunning the rest of the coast is, from the caves of Cushendun, the dramatic Ballintoy harbour and of course the epic Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge which stretches across two sheer cliff faces 100 feet above the crashing waves below. For a small fee, those who dare can cross for some amazing views over the rugged coast and an adventure on one of the U.K.’s smallest islands.
Worth the visit to Northern Ireland (photo by The Roaming Renegades)
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Author: Danielle Desir
Danielle Desir is a Travel Finance Strategist that uses her financial background and knack for financial planning to empower those who want to travel afford travel and excel in their personal finances. She shares creative planning strategies, saving tips, cheap flight deals and even talks about her student loan repayment journey on her blog, The Thought Card. Her financial expertise has taken her across the globe to over 19 countries and 3 continents (and counting), all while paying off her student loans, saving for a house and working full-time.