The World's Spectacular Cliff Paths
you enjoy hiking, or just the idea of it, cliff paths are a beautiful
and safe way to get the most out of one of nature's extreme gifts. Come with us on a walk through some of the world's most spectacular cliff paths!
1. Huangshan Paths, China
is a mountain range in the southern Anhui province of China. The area
is renowned for its lush green scenery, golden sunsets, uniquely-shaped
granite peaks, fragrant pine trees and all around stunning views.
Huangshan has been the frequent subject of traditional Chinese
paintings and literatures, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is
one of China's major tourist destinations.
are over 30 touring paths throughout the Huangshan Mountains, which
total about 50 km (31 mi) in length and are a width of about 1-2 meters
"Fairytale Bridge" is part of trail network. From it, you have
breathtaking views of the mountainside and the opportunity to see the
clouds touch the mountain top.
Most of the trails are stone paved roads, some with granite and others with slabs, part of the mountain's own geology.
2. Capri Island Path, Italy
On the pristine Mediterranean island of Capri lies one of the most beautiful ocean cliffs in Europe.
Via Krupp, as it's called, was carved into the southern coast of the
island in 1902, and was recently reopened after being closed for 30
years of restoration.
trail begins at the top in the lush Gardens of Augustus (the island was
a favorite vacation spot of the Roman emperor). Then you snake your way
down to admire the Bay of Marina Piccola, along the gorgeous Faraglioni
The path was designed by the German industrialist Friedrich Krupp for easier access to the marinas below.
3. Walkways of Tianmen Mountain, China
of China's magnificent cliff pathways, these walkways are located on
Tianmen Mountain in Tianmen National Park in the Hunan Province. A cable
carwas constructed to bring visitors from the nearby railway station in
Zhangjiajie to the top of the mountain.
path is about 1,600 meters (5,250 ft.) long and averages at an altitude
of 1,400 meters (4,600 ft.). Un other paths, this path is built
entirely in the cliffs, with hardly any walking on land.
of the trail have glass floors so those curious to see the world below
them can have a look. At about 1,400 meters (4,700 ft.) above sea level,
the trail hosts one of the world's highest observation points.
your safety on the trail, the park authorities require visitors to wear
anti-slip shoe covers to minimize the chance of accidents.
4. Path to Gaztelugatxe, Spain
Located on the island of Gaztelugatxe in Spain, traveling this path will give you a full view of Basque Country beauty.
path is connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. On top of the
island is a hermitage that dates back to the 10th century. The hermitage
can be accessed by a narrow path and by the bridge.
The best seasons to traverse this path are spring and autumn, as the summers are typically crowded along the path.
5. Skellig Michael Path, Ireland
Skellig Michael is an island in County Kerry, Ireland that houses geological wonders and miles of green pasture.
Christian monastery was founded on the island between the 6th and 8th
centuries, and was continuously occupied until its abandonment in the
late 12th century.
The remains of the monastery, as well as most of the island, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
following the stone steps that wind along the island's cliffs (most ly
built by the monks for walking), you can enjoy the island's green
vegetation and unique birds to the fullest (puffins nest there from
early spring until August).
6. Donkey Path, Santorini, Greece
is one of the more popular islands of Greece, with millions of tourists
visiting each year to enjoy the ocean scenery and laid-back Greek
1715, the inhabitants of the island built a rough path on the side of
the island's mountain so that they could hike to the summit. Soon,
donkeys were enlisted to carry their cargo from the ships at port to the
town at the mountain's summit.
1979, a cable car was installed, but donkeys continue to traverse the
path today. The walkway is paved in stone, and due it's many
switchbacks, the distance from beginning to end is about 1,300 meters
7. Cliff Path at Blue Mountains, Australia
Blue Mountains are located in New South Wales, Australia, bordering the
bustling city of Sydney at a distance of about 31 miles (50 km.).
cliff path of the mountain range called the Mid Cliff Walk was carved
into the face of the cliff. It includes handrails, ladders and gorgeous
lookouts that provide a birds-eye view over the forests, the remote
Jamison Valley and the Wentworth Falls.
8. Edenalp Path, Switzerland
northernmost summit of the Appenzell Alps, the Ebenalp is a popular
hiking destination that is also accessible by cable car from the town of
Wasserauen. The site attracts up to 200,000 visitors a year.
you walk from the cable car to the Aescher Mountain restaurant, you
will be stunned by the gorgeous views. The path takes you through
ancient caves on the way, and can be completed in only 20 minutes.
9. Jiankou Great Wall, China
is a section of the famous Great Wall of China which happens to be one
of the most popular among travelers and photographers a.
has unique steep mountains and insanely beautiful scenery. 'Jiankou'
means 'Arrow Nock' in English, called this name because the mountain is
shaped an arrow.
climb, however, could be dangerous because this section has fallen into
disrepair, leaving the path filled with jagged cliffs and steep
other parts of the wall have been turned into tourist attractions, the
Jiankou section has been left largely untouched and therefore usually
attracts the more adventurous types.
10. Cap Carbon Paths, Algeria
An Algerian Cape located in Wilaya de Bejaia, the Cap Carbon paths are only 5 km. (3.1 mi.) from Bejaia city center.
path is equipped with a lighthouse, built at 220 m (720 ft.) above sea
level, making it one of the tallest in the Mediterranean. The trails are
long and winding with great views of the sea, carved into the rocks of
The trails are surrounded with pine and olive trees and are inhabited by local monkeys that to entertain visitors.
11. Dun Chaoin Path, Ireland
the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula in southwest Ireland,
lies Dun Chaoin. The township is renowned for its scenery and is
surviving Gaelic culture. With fantastic views of the Blasket Islands,
the spot is a particular popular destination for photographers and
In this beautiful shot, sheep traverse their way down one of Dun Chaoin's winding pathways.
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