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Rock cities of Europe: how does living on the edge of a precipice feel like

Albina PanchenkoNews
European cities located on cliffs

People build cities wherever they can: on the water, in the middle of the mountains, in deserts... And there are also rock settlements that hang on the edge of a precipice. Today we will talk about them.

Rocamadour, France

A small province rises above the deep gorge of the Alzu River. The first houses appeared here in the XII century. Since then, the settlement has grown and gained popularity. This is not surprising as it's not every day that you come across a village that is cut into a solid 120-meter cliff.

It is often visited by pilgrims from all over the world. They go to Rockamadour with one goal in mind: to worship the remains of St. Amator. The preacher's body was once found in front of the entrance to the chapel of Notre Dame. Nowadays, there is a unique statue of the Holy Madonna. The sculpture is known for its black face and hands.

Rock cities of Europe: how does living on the edge of a precipice feel like

Ronda, Spain

This rocky Spanish city is located in the province of Malaga. It is located above a gorge at an altitude of 760 meters. Ronda is famous for its long hiking trails and serpentine paths that permeate the entire settlement.

The city's trademark is the Puente Nueva Bridge, which stretches across the Guadalquivir River. It took 42 years to build and was officially opened in 1793. We also recommend visiting two observation decks: Jardines de Cuenca and Mirador de Aldehuela.

Rock cities of Europe: how does living on the edge of a precipice feel like

Castelfolit de la Roca, Spain

Another Spanish town worth visiting. It is located in the Catalonia region on a 50-meter-high basalt cliff. Compared to the previous places, it is located relatively low. But you wouldn't even know it from the looks of it.

Here, the houses are huddled together in two rows. It seems that they will fall down in another minute. But no, they have been holding up well since the Middle Ages. And they will probably stand for a long time. By the way, some of the houses are built of volcanic rock. That's why they look so bizarre.

Rock cities of Europe: how does living on the edge of a precipice feel like

Bonifacio, France

On the southern tip of the island of Corsica, a white town is cozy and quiet. Here, huts hang directly over the sea from a height of 70 meters. The location often attracts world stars, so you can see expensive yachts off the coast and celebrities walking down the streets. Narrow streets, grottoes, and dungeons add to the stunning effect of the province.

Bonifacio lives on tourism, so the locals try to satisfy all the needs of guests. There are fashionable hotels, restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. By the way, you can go down to the water. However, you will have to overcome 187 steps.

Rock cities of Europe: how does living on the edge of a precipice feel like

Positano, Italy

The resort is located on the Amalfi Coast. Its houses seem to be glued to the rock. They are built at different heights and resemble a mosaic from a distance.

Celebrities love this place. Still, there are also plenty of ordinary tourists here. They are attracted by the unique architecture. In particular, you should visit the Church of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the neighboring islands. For example, a ferry runs from the local port to Li Galli, the birthplace of the mythical sirens.

Positano is also famous for its ceramics. Products made of this material can even be seen on the walls of houses.

Rock cities of Europe: how does living on the edge of a precipice feel like

Santorini, Greece

This island definitely doesn't need any additional advertising. There are two rocky towns here, Fira and Oia, among the beautiful scenery at an altitude of 400 meters above sea level.

Both settlements are very beautiful. They are separated from each other by only 12 kilometers. Walking through their streets, you feel as if you are in a maze from which it is impossible to get out. There are no major attractions here. Locations win the hearts of tourists with their appearance.

If you want an unusual trip, go to these places. We are sure you will enjoy it. Have a great trip!

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