18 Incredible Cliff-Side Dwellings from around the World

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Houses and villages built on rocky faces and cliff edges provide truly striking landscapes where nature and man made structures meet.

Villages were traditionally built on this type of land near to the sea as it provides an ideal natural defence thanks to the surrounding sea. Other cities and dwellings built inland were built as they have a distinct advantage of being higher up - the monk temples at the top of the rocks in Meteora, Greece, are a great example of this. Here are 18 incredible cliff-side dwellings from around the world.

1. Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Typical Balkanic houses on a hill in Veliko Tunovo, Bulgaria

photo via zettravel.com

2. Cuenca, Spain

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photo via famouswonders.com

3. Castellfollit De La Roca, Spain

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photo via Flickr

4. Bonifacio, France

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photo by Sebastiaan Verschuren

5. Rocamadour, France

amazing cliff side towns france

photo via Flickr

6. Santorini, Greece

amazing cliff side towns greece

photo via yachtgulet.com

7. Pitigliano, Grosseto, Italy

amazing cliff side towns grosseto

photo by Petr Kosyh

8. Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore village on the Cinque Terre coast of Italy,Europe

photo by Janos Gaspar

9. Manarola, La Spezia, Italy

amazing cliff side towns la spezia

photo by Fabian84

amazing cliff side towns manarol

photo by Tianna Harris

10. Meteora, Greece

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amazing cliff side towns meteora

photo via hotelalexiou.com

11. Guanajuato, Mexico

amazing cliff side towns mexico

photo via fineartamerica.com

12. Piodao, Historical Village Of Portugal

amazing cliff side towns piado

photo by Nuno Trindade

13. Azenhas Do Mar, Sintra, Portugal

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photo by Joe Daniel Price

14. Positano, Italy

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photo via Flickr

15. Ronda, Spain

amazing cliff side towns ronda

photo via Flickr

16. Vernazza, Italy

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photo by Lorenzo Estremo Pecunia

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photo by Pieter Arnolli

17. Wadi Dawan, Yemen

amazing cliff side towns yemen

photo via Flickr

18. Oia, Santorini, Greece

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photo via Hubert Janiszewski

h/t boredpanda