90+ Of The Most Stunning Cliff-Side Towns And Villages

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.

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.

01. Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Typical Balkanic houses on a hill in Veliko Tunovo, Bulgaria

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02. Riomaggiore, Italy

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03. Manarola, La Spezia, Italy

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04. Santorini, Greece

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05. Azenhas Do Mar, Sintra, Portugal

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06. Rocamadour, France

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07. Ronda, Spain

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08. Vernazza, Italy

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09. Pitigliano, Grosseto, Italy

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10. Wadi Dawan, Yemen

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11. Piodao, Historical Village Of Portugal

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12. Meteora, Greece

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13. Vernazza, Italy

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14. Manarola, Italy

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15. Civita Di Bagnoregio, Italy

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16. Al Hajarah, Yemen

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17. Positano, Italy

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18. Bonifacio, France

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19. Pitigliano, Italy

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20. Haraz, Yemen

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21. Ronda, Spain

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22. Bonifacio, Corse, France

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23. Rocamadour, France

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24. Oia, Santorini, Greece

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25. Gordes, Provence, Southern France

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26. Hajarah, Yemen

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27. Mont Saint-michel, France

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28. Town Rab, Croatia

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29. Castellfollit De La Roca, Spain

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30. Vernazza At Dusk, Cinque Terre, Italy | Felipe Pitta

Vernazza has no car traffic, and remains one of the truest “fishing villages”, probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It was founded about 1000 A.D. and was ruled by the Republic of Genoa starting in 1276. The tiny port is surrounded by subtle colourful pastels and the charming piazza is lined with good restaurants and bars. The village is surrounded by very steeply-terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest olive oil in the country.

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31. Meteora, Greece

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32. La Paz, Bolivia

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33. Mesa Verde, Colorado, USA

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34. Cuenca, Spain

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35. Omis, Croatia

Aerial Panorama of Omis and Cetina River Gorge in the Evening, Dalmatia, Croatia

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36. San Marino

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37. Riomaggiore, Italy

38. Castellfollit De La Roca, La Garrotxa,catalunya.

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39. Calcata, Italy

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40. Sidi Bousaid- Tunisia

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41. Guanajuato, Mexico

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42. Tropea (calabria)

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43. Positano, Italy

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44. Polignano A Mare, Italy

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45. Portofino, Italy

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46. Castelmezzano, Italy

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47. Polignano A Mare, Apulia, Itay

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48. House On Drina River, Serbia

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49. Porto, Portugal

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50. Motovun, Istria, Croatia

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51. Casares, Malaga, Spain

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52. San Marino

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53. Castellfollit De La Roca, Spain

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54. #manarola

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55. Ohrid, Macedonia

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56. Rhonda, Spain

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57. Comares, Spain

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58. Valparaiso, Chile

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59. Bonifacio, Corsica, France

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60. Amalfi, Italy

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61. Masuleh, Iran

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62. Constantine-Algeria

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63. Constantine bridge – Algeria

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64. Arcos De La Frontera, Spain

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65. Ma’lulla, Syria

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66. Monastery Of Simonopetra, Mt. Athos, Greece

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67. Corte, Corsica, France

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68. Amalfi, Italy

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69. Riomaggiore

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70. Vernazza

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71. Manarola

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72. Jodhpur, India

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73. Jaisalmer, India

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74. Riomaggiore At Sunset. Cinque Terre Italy

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75. Sidi Rached – Algeria

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76. Polignano A Mare, Puglia, Italy

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77. Georgia, Tbilisi

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78. La Paz, Bolivia

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79. Ohrid, Macedonia

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80. Taegukdo Village, Busan, South Korea

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81. Tenerife , Spain

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82. Portofino, Italy

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83. Veliko Tranovo – Bulgaria

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84. Frias, Burgos Province, Spain – Village And Castle Perched On A Clifftop

85. Cefalu, Italy

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86. Manarola, La Spezia, Italy

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87. Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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88. Monemvasia, Greece

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89. Jezzine -the Town On The Cliff , Lebanon

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90. Darjeeling Ii, India – December 2007

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91. #31 Berat, Albania

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92. Clifton, Cape Town, Republic Of South Africa

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93. Frigiliana, Spain

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