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10 Beautiful Cliff-side Beaches in the World
The beach is a picture-perfect idea of a holiday. There is something picturesque and spectacular about beaches by the cliff-side. The combination of the tide and surf along with towering cliffs is a rare and breathtaking sight. The sheer majesty of it can be overwhelming. For all those who love it when the hills and the water merge, here is a list of the most exotic cliffside beaches.
Navagio Beach, Zakynthos, Greece
Famous for its limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches, and clear blue water, Navagio beach is located in the Ionian Islands in Greece. Often referred to as the ‘Smugglers Cave’, it is an exposed cove located on the coast of Zakynthos. It is also a famous base jumping location.
Legzira Beach, Morocco
Situated 10 km north of Sidi Ifni and rather difficult to find, this serene beach is covered with beautiful rock archways, Legzira is a popular cliff-side beach for paragliding and hangs gliding thanks to the strong thermal currents. There is also an old Spanish fort on the overlooking hills.
Varkala Beach, India
Surrounded by picturesque cliffs overlooking the Arabian Sea, Varkala Beach is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala along the West Coast of Southern India. Varkala is also home to one of the Geo parks in the world sprouting out of the magnificently bio-diverse Western Ghats of India.
Located on the Calabari Coast, in the Gulf of St. Euphemia, the whole town of Tropea rests atop one giant reef near the clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The waters are perfect for a dip and the beach sees thousands of visitors every year.
As Catedrais, Galicia, Spain
Known the world over as the Beach of Cathedrals and sitting silently on the northern coast of Spain, the characteristic feature of As Catedrais consists of naturally carved arches and picturesque caves. A nice time to visit the beach is during low tide when the caves are visible.
El Nido, Philippines
This beach outlines Baicut Bay and is also amongst the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines. Located in the Municipality of the El Nido, this beach is known for its natural beauty and diverse ecosystem. Snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking are some of the activities not to be missed.
Bottom Bay, Barbados
Located on the southeast coast of Barbados, Bottom Bay is surrounded by a humongous coral cliff. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the West Indies, it is one of those rare beaches that have a cliff as well as a coral reef.
Etretat is famous for its cliffs and three natural arches including the “needle”. The Porte d’Aval and the Porte Amont are the two arches that are visible from the seaside town. It is also famous for inspiring the impressionist painter Claude Monet.
Cape Leveque, the Kimberly, Western Australia
Located at the Western end of Australia’s Dampier Peninsula, the beach consists of beautiful red cliffs and white sandy beaches. It’s also a hotspot for sighting whales. Unknown to many tourists, there is an eco-resort situated at a beautiful location. It is still run by the traditional owners of the land.
Wai’ anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii
The beach consists of a small ocean cave and a natural lava arch in the water. It is surrounded by low volcanic rocks and black sand. The name literally translates to “glistening water”. Picnicking, shore fishing, and camping are some of the activities along the coast.
Cliff-side beaches are a glorious gift of nature. Whether it is adventure sports that you want or just some magnificent scenery, these 10 cliff-side beaches are sure to take your breath away.