Top 20+ Amazing Cliff-Side Towns in the World


Have you ever thought about living on a cliff-side town? Today you will be amazed to discover that there are many people living on the top of incredible cliffs around the world in countries such as Georgia, Italy and Spain. These towns are indeed unusual and seem like they are going to fall down at any time. But most of all they are beautiful and interesting places to visit. So today’s post we are going to show you our list of the 21 World’s Top Amazing Cliff-Side Towns.

Cliff-Side Towns: Living on the Edge

Ronda Cliff Town

Living on the edge and having a great view. This is the best definition I can think about when living in places like Bonifacio in France. Not to mention Tropea and its beach on the front of the city in Italy. And what about the breathtaking views as those you get in Constantine in Algeria? Oh, they are gorgeous!

All around the world you will find places which were built on the top of huge rocks, mountains and cliffs. And let me tell you, there is something very attractive and challenging about this that attracts people to live in. Some of the houses are set just on the edge of the cliffs, so residents are faced with formidable vertical drops when looking out from their windows.

If in the past some of those cities were constructed on dramatic terrains as a way of protection, nowadays they serve as great tourist destinations, offering a unique stay with great services in a picturesque location.

21 – The Bandiagara Escarpment, Mali

The Bandiagara is an escarpment in the Dogon country of Mali. Inhabited today by the Dogon people, the sandstone cliff rises about 500 meters above the lower sandy flats to the south.

20 – Pitigliano, Italy

Pitigliano Grosseto Cliff-side Town

Pitigliano is a cliff-side town located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south-east of the city of Grosseto, in Italy. Hanging on a “tuff”(compacted volcanic ash) outcrop, its ancient medieval disorderly houses seem to hang on each other to make sure they won’t slip off the edge. At night, the town is lit up, so the sight becomes even more spectacular.

19 – Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain

Castellfollit de la Roca Cliff-side Town

Castellfollit de la Roca is a picturesque village in Catalonia, bordered by the confluence of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers. Its church and houses cling to the top of a spectacular basalt cliff, which is around 1 km in length and 50-meter high. The old part of the village dates from the Middle Ages and is comprised of narrow streets, corners and squares.

18 – Jezzine, Lebanon

Jezzine Cliff-side town

Jezzine | Photo by Mzannar Mohamad

Jezzine is a town in Lebanon, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Beirut. The town is situated dramatically on a rocky promontory that overlooks a deep valley 40-meter high. It is surrounded by mountain peaks and pine forests at an average altitude of 950 meters (3,117 feet). It is the main summer resort and tourist destination of South Lebanon (more info on Wikipedia). There you can find café houses and restaurants that overlook the wonderful landscape of Wadi Jezzine. This cliff town is also famous in Lebanon for its production of handmade, traditional cutlery and daggers with decorative inlays.

  • The Jezzine waterfall (which is usually dry in the summer) brings an extra charm to the scenery.
  • Places like the Iris Flower Hotel can provide you a good view of the city.
  • This place is more recommended if you want to escape the chaos of a big city.

17 – Al Hajjarah, Yemen

Al Hajjarah Cliff Town

Al Hajjarah | Photo by Jam Van Dorpe

Al Hajjarah is a perfect example of a cliff-top town. The citadel, founded in the 12th century, is built upon a precipice and is famous for its towering houses which are built onto the cliff faces.

16 – Bonifacio, France

Bonifacio Clifftop Town

Bonifacio” | Photo by: Myrabella

Bonifacio is a beautiful cliff-side town in Italy that sits precariously 70 meters over white limestone cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The ocean has undercut the cliffs so that the houses on the top appear to overhang it.

  • Recommended if you want to escape the chaos of a big city.
  • The Hotel Genovese Bonifacio is a well rated option for those who are on a budget.

15 – Sant’Agata de’ Goti, Italy

Sant'Agata de' Goti Cliff-Side Town

Sant’Agata de’ Goti” | Photo by Kris De Curtis from Maddaloni, Italy – Taste of Ancient. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

Sant’Agata de’ Goti is a comunne in the Province of Benevento in the region of Campania. This fascinating medieval village is perched on a sheer cliff high above a river gorge. 

14 – Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgary

Veliko Tarnovo Cliff Town

Veliko Tarnovo” | Photo by Nikola Gruev Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Famously known as the historical capital of the second Bulgarian empire. Veliko Tarnovo is often referred to as the “City of the Tsars”.

  • The town’s medieval historic center is well preserved. And with a unique architecture, Veliko Tarnovo is a great place for tourism.
  • There is some options on hotels over the Internet but you can find well rated options on Hotels Combined.

13 – Fira, Greece

Fira, the capital of Santorini, is a town famous for its white-washed houses built on the edge of a 400-meter (1,312 feet) high caldera on the western edge of the semi-circular island of Thera (more info on Wikipedia). From the top of this picturesque town you can enjoy magnificent views of a volcano, the deep blue of the sea below and one of the most famous sunsets in the region.

  • Dramatic cliffs are only part of the show in Fira. The city is packed with interesting places and attractions.
  • The city is full of shops carrying all sorts of Greek specialties, food and wine, jewelry, and clothing.
  • The Aigialos Hotel and the Tzekos Villas are some of the best rated hotels there offering stunning views of the volcano.

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