Cliffs have always been stunning places for civilizations over centuries. For seamen it was the proof of arriving home and for some countries the natural barriers and block against the enemies in war. Artists and writers got inspired of the magnificent colosal wonders. It is challenging extreme sport executors like base jumpers or climbers. Nature has formed them with power where rock exposures are nearly vertical. They are formed as erosion landforms by the work of weathering and erosion or earthquakes and landslides. Cliffs, generally, are on coasts, along rivers, in mountains and as the wall of canyons. In Europe, cliffs are mainly situated on coasts but the tallest one which is the "Troll Wall" (Norway) is at the Fjords.
"Here are the 10 Most Marvelous Cliffs of Europe"
1 - Cliffs of Dover, UK
The cliffs here were formed at the same time when the"Strait of Dover" was made by iceage floods. The cliffs are made of soft white chalk and are reflecting the sun so that it can be seen from the French coast. The cliffs have a meaningful place in English History, they were used as defence barriers in the I. and II. World War. The best view you can have while walking along the coastal path. On a sunny day you will see how bright it can be when you are in front of it. It's like a lighthouse during day time.
2 - Etretat Cliffs, Normandy, France
The cliffs are situated in Normandy Region of France. The Albatre Coast is 140 km long but the cliffs are at most picturesque in Etretat. The french have given each different part of the cliffs a seperate name, The Aval's Cliff, The Manneporte, The Courtine, The Amont's Cliff, The Roc Vaudie and the Aiguille of Belval. The cliffs here have inspired many artists like Claude Monet and Eugene Bodin in different season times. In addition, Etretat is a seadside resort and is full of attraction. You will love to stay there and experience the french life and cuisine of fresh seafood.
3 - Cape Arkona Cliffs, Rügen, Germany
Jaromarsburg, Cape Arkona Cliffs are 45 meter high and is located at tip of the German Baltic Sea island of Rügen which belongs to the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Region. Jaromarsburg which was a cult site for the Slavic, has a history which goes back to the 9th century. The location has a castle and two lighthouses for touristic attraction. As many other cliffs also Cape Arkona was protecting the backyard of the land.
4 - Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Located on the West Coast of Ireland and facing the North Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher is a historical landmark with richness of history, natural and geographical wonders. The nearest village is Liscannor in County Clare. The Cliffs are 8 km (5 miles) long and are reaching 214 m (702 feet) at their highest point. From that top points, on a clear sunny day, the famous Aran Islands, the Galway Bay, Blasket Islands and the Dingle Peninsula are in your view.
5 - Cliffs of Mons, Denmark
The limestone cliffs are located in the eastern part of Denmark in the South of Zealand with the positioning to the Baltic Sea. As "Mons Klint" called in danish language the cliffs are 7 km (4,3 miles) along the coast and reaches a height of 128 m (420 feet). It's a very popular touristic destination for national and international travelers. The white fortresses are a great place to hike and easily accessible by road. The best time to visit the cliffs is during summer month when the weather is more suitable and the land life is in full bloom.
6 - Preikestolen (Stavanger) Cliffs, Norway
It is a very famous destination of all kind of touristic interest. Preikestolen is located in the county of Rogaland. The so called Pulpit Rock, also known as the Preacher's Cliff, is a massive cliff which is 604 m above the Lysefjord. To reach the Cliff by hiking and experience the adrenalin in your body while looking over the Lysefjord you need to reach the town Stavanger.
7- Cliffs of Kerpe, Turkey
Located in the northern region of Turkey the Kerpe Cliffs are a popular destination and can be reached from city Kocaeli through the village Kandira. The cliffs are located in a bay and is therefore sheltered even in stromy weather. It has a height of 30 m but has deepnes of 50 m where diving facilities are excellent. The backyard of the cliffs are full of wood where trekking is an other experience of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.
8 - Cabo Girao Cliffs, Madeira Island, Portugal
The Madiera Island is full of wonders which belogs to the Portuguese Archipelago. The Sea Cliffs "Cabo Girao" is located along the southern coast of the island of Madeira. It's a popular destination and must see place among the attractions of the island. The top of the cliffs reaches a 500 m level where the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean is giving new life to everyone breathing the fresh air. The top of the cliff which can be experienced on a glass made bottom floor is accessible by car or hiking through winding routes up to the steep hills.
9 - Los Organos Basalt Cliffs, La Gomera - Canary Island, Spain
Located on the northern coast of La Gomera (Tenerife, Spain) it's considered as one of the most beautiful basalt formations. The cliffs rise up to a height of 800 m and a width of 200 m. It looks like as Aliens have been here and were housing by building spectacular rock formations, but the truth is different. The pillars, which look very similiar to organ pipes (Los Organos) are the remains of lava masses of the volcano. During centuries the nature did his work as it has done always by forming the pillars with erosion. To see the impressive cliffs there are boat tours from small harbour towns like Valle Gran Rey and Playa Santiago.
10 - Troll Wall Cliff, Norway
Being a part of the Trolltinder Mountain the "Troll Wall" is Europe's tallest vertical mountain wall. The amazing cliff rises up 1.750 m and is located in the Romsdalen Valley. The Troll Wall can be found in Reinheimen National Park. The rock has always been a provocative goal for base jumpers and climbers. After the death of the famous Carl Boenish, base jumping at Troll Wall has been illegal since 1986. He set the world record for highest base jump but died while attempting his second jump.