No mater how many incredibly scenic drives I experience around the world, there's always one…
There is so much natural beauty on our planet that motivates us to travel. Waterfalls, wildlife, mountains and magnificent scenery and landscape, just to name a few. It’s all here for us to enjoy and our only challenge is seeing even a small portion of it during our short stay here on Planet Earth. Like so many others, I’m completely captivated by rugged and rocky coastal landscapes. The stark contrast between the blue water and rocky cliffs above creates awe-inspiring beauty that is irresistible.
Here are a few of my top picks for captivating coastal cliffs:
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher near Limerick are top of mind when it comes to captivating coastal cliffs. Seeing the natural beauty of Ireland is on a lot of travelers’ check-off list, so it can get crowded. Hike past the end of the Moher Wall heading south for unobstructed views. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars and don’t lean over the edge like me.
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Latrabjarg Cliffs, Vestfirdir, Iceland
Also known as the “Edge of the World”, the Latrabjarg Cliffs are amazing, tranquil and very remote. You’ll be captivated by the millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. Located on the most western point of Iceland, Latrabjarg is Europe’s largest bird cliff. Simply put, the scenery here will take your breath away. If you like to hike and climb you will enjoy making your way up to the top, but plan ahead and know your limits.
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The Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia
The journey along Great Ocean Road will make a lasting memory, filling your mind and camera with amazing images of the gorgeous coastline. Best time to visit the Twelve Apostles is in the evening around sunset. While there are not really twelve left, you will enjoy the spectacular sight of the natural rock formations that are on nearly every nature lovers list. Be sure to allow time to visit nearby Port Campbell.
Nā Pali Coast, Kauaʻi, Hawaii
Located on the northwest side of Kauaʻi, the Nā Pali cliffs rise as much as 4,000 feet above the ocean. Only accessible by boat, on foot or via helicopter, you’ll have to choose which way you prefer to see the spectacular coast of Kauaʻi. Taking a sunset sail might be the most relaxing way to see the cliffs and you might even see a whale along the way.
Coast of Big Sur, California
One of the best features of the California coastline around Big Sur is how accessible it is via Highway 1. You can enjoy the rocky coast and all the wildlife along the drive south from Carmel south to San Simeon. You might see seals, condors and migrating Gray, Humpback and Blue whales as you make your way along the coast. If you have any excuse to visit California, plan an extra weekend, rent a car and venture down Highway 1.
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Seven Sisters Cliffs, England
Aren’t these chalk cliffs along the East Sussex coast gorgeous? The unique bright white color of the cliffs and the contrast they create with the surrounding blue and green and presents a dramatic coastline. The Seven Sisters are located along the English Channel between Seaford and Eastbourne in south England. They aren’t as famous as the “White Cliffs of Dover”, but they are more pristine. If you’re visiting London, this is a great day trip or weekend getaway out of the city and you’ll see one of the most beautiful views in all of England.
Bonifacio, Corsica, France
It’s difficult to tell where the cliffs end and the town begins. In Bonifacio, the old buildings are placed along the edge of the cliffs and in some cases appear to overhang the white limestone below. You wonder how anyone dares to live in them. Located on the French island of Corsica, you will find perfect white sandy beaches, a lively marina, chic bars, and the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The old town is simply stunning and a glass of wine at sunset overlooking the cliffs is unforgettable.
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