If You Like Living on the Edge, These Cliffside Towns Might Make You Reconsider


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One wrong step could send you off the edge of a 160-foot cliff — sound like a place you’d like to live? These seven seemingly dangerous towns offer a lot of character and some of the best views in the world. That is, unless you’re afraid of heights.

#1. Bonifacio, France

It may be hard to believe that travelers pay top dollar for a serious case of vertigo, but Bonifacio, France is a romantic seaside getaway featuring chic restaurants, five-star dining, untouched beaches and million-dollar views. To add to the charm — an ancient Genoese dialect is still spoken in this quaint town that in many ways appears frozen in time.




#2. Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain

Just walking down the main street in Castellfollit de la Roca can seem like a balancing act. This town of roughly 1,000 people is a popular tourist destination for daring travelers. Stay in one of the cliffside houses made of volcanic rock that appear as though they’re gripping the edge of the town’s 160-foot cliff.




#3. Al Hajjarah, Yemen

Your first glimpse of Al Hajjarah will send you back to the 11th century when this now welcoming town was built for military reasons. When you see the gorgeous stone buildings teetering on stone cliffs, it’ll seem very fitting that the town’s name stems from “hajjar,” a term meaning stone in Arabic.

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Photo credit: yeowatzup
Photo credit: Kate B. Dixon
Photo credit: Kate B. Dixon
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#4. Ronda, Spain

Cross one of Ronda’s three bridges roughly 390 feet above the canyon floor, and you’re bound to get sweaty palms. Ronda is popular with tourists because of its gorgeous historic charm that seamlessly camouflages into the cliffsides. If you’re seeking a little more modern escape, cross the gorge to the more updated town of El Mercadillo.




#5. Manarola, Italy

Manarola’s brightly-colored buildings seem to take a bit of the frightfulness out of this Cinque Terre town. And don’t plan on renting a car, because all of Cinque Terre is a car-free zone accessible only by eco-friendly means of transportation.




#6. Meteora, Greece

When monks settled in Meteora in the 11th century, the area was practically inaccessible. Now Meteora (meaning ‘Suspended in the air’ in Greek) is home to six Orthodox monastery museums and serves as a lesson in history and resilience for those who decide to trek up the mountains to see it.




#7. Siurana, Spain

Siurana’s limestone cliffs have made it a luring destination for serious climbers and tourists who want to travel back in time. This quaint Catalonian village offers architecture and churches that are centuries old and cliffside views that will make you wish you were wearing a harness.




About the Author: Courtney McCaffrey

Courtney McCaffrey is a travel writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C, Mexico and around the world. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, experiencing new cultures and surfing new waves.

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