Cities built on cliffs present us with a striking contrast between the natural world and the structures that we build to challenge and overcome it. These photos capture stunning views of some of the most epic cliff-side cities in the world.


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Many cities or dwellings could have been built on cliffs for a variety of different reasons, but this was most often done with defensive advantages in mind. A cliff-side city overlooking a sea passage has a superior command of the surrounding waters and is virtually impossible to assault from the water. Cities on steep hills, on the other hand, might have been built there to defend from land-based aggressors or because of their proximity to important landmarks like rivers.

If you've ever traveled to a cliff-side city with stunning views, we'd love to see them! Please add your photos to this list and vote for your favorites as well.

#1 Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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#2 Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore, Italy

Janos Gaspar Report

1 year ago

Gorgeous!

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#3 Manarola, La Spezia, Italy

Manarola, La Spezia, Italy

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Marta Lisowiec 1 year ago

I love this place!

#4 Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

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HarmButer 1 year ago

Santorini is an Italian name for a Greek island east of the Peloponnesos peninsula that some 3000 years ago was at least twice as big,

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#5 Azenhas Do Mar, Sintra, Portugal

Azenhas Do Mar, Sintra, Portugal

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moviestar 1 year ago

very appealing to my eye

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#6 Rocamadour, France

Rocamadour, France

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StefMartinova 1 year ago

magnificent!

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#7 Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain

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IlanPlato 1 year ago

Great place in White Village

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#8 Vernazza, Italy

Vernazza, Italy

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MarinaBiavaschi 1 year ago

I'm pretty sure this is Manarola, not Vernazza

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#9 Pitigliano, Grosseto, Italy

Pitigliano, Grosseto, Italy

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MarineLgz 1 year ago

Scary and gorgeous at the same time, love it !

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#10 Wadi Dawan, Yemen

Wadi Dawan, Yemen

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AlfianFermana 1 year ago

not sure if miniature or real. LOL

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#11 Piodao, Historical Village Of Portugal

Piodao, Historical Village Of Portugal

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#12 Meteora, Greece

Meteora, Greece

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AmandaDavies 1 year ago

This is just one property Im assuming??? Is stunning!!

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#13 Vernazza, Italy

Vernazza, Italy

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Andrei-GarlaciovRebecca 1 year ago

#14 Manarola, Italy

Manarola, Italy

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ClaudiausSLF 1 year ago

Just look like #8 in a other view ...

#15 Civita Di Bagnoregio, Italy

Civita Di Bagnoregio, Italy

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#16 Al Hajarah, Yemen

Al Hajarah, Yemen

Jan Vandorpe Report

Amanda Davies 1 year ago

Very pretty, a lot of buildings crammed into a little space, but possibly.incrdibly.convenient....

#17 Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Julia Jackson Report

DarylPungitore 11 months ago

I have now amended my wish list to places i will visit in my next 4 lives!!!

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#18 Bonifacio, France

Bonifacio, France

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moviestar 1 year ago

doesn't look to stable

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#19 Pitigliano, Italy

Pitigliano, Italy

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#20 Haraz, Yemen

Haraz, Yemen

Waleed Nasser Report

IndraRasma 1 year ago

is this... real??

#21 Ronda, Spain

Ronda, Spain

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Ellen Garrison 1 year ago

Bullfighting is extremely cruel.

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#22 Bonifacio, Corse, France

Bonifacio, Corse, France

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#23 Rocamadour, France

Rocamadour, France

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Ellen Garrison 1 year ago

A bit strange.

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#24 Oia, Santorini, Greece

Oia, Santorini, Greece

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#25 Gordes, Provence, Southern France

Gordes, Provence, Southern France

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