1. Bonifacio, Corsica
Bonifacio, according to French and Italian, respectively, this city is located in South Corsica and landed on 70 meters high rocks above the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded in the early nineteenth century by the Tuscan Count Bonifacio, ruled by the Pazans, Genoese and French. City charm and its proximity to idyllic beaches make it a popular tourist destination in the summer, mostly for residents of mainland France.
2. Pitigliano, Italy
Pitigliano is located in the province of Grosseto, 80 km southeast of the town of Grosseto, and also rises on rocks. The region millennia ago were inhabited by the Etruscans. Even today, the museum has many finds from these ancient inhabitants. At the beginning of the 13th century, the city was run by the Alobardeshi family and by the middle of the century it had become the capital of the surrounding county.
3. Huacachina, Peru
Wakachina is an oasis surrounded by a vast desert. The road from the Peruvian capital Lima to this town is about 5 hours. The population of Wakachina is about 200 people, which are mainly supported by tourism. Irrigation channel has once been a popular attraction for the upper class but is now a favorite stop for tourists. Here you can ride down the sand or ride a buggy.
4. Matera, Italy
Matera is one of the many cities in Italy, perched on high rocks. It is located in southern Italy, in the Basilica countryside. Curious about it is that in 2019 it will be the European capital of culture, along with Plovdiv. The whole city is under the protection of UNESCO.
It is supposed that the first rock houses here are over 9000 years. Because of its beauty and location, it is the scene of many Biblical films, even Mel Gibson’s famous “The Passion of the Christ” film.
5. Kandovan, Iran
The rock village of Kandowan in Iran is known for its dwellings cut into the rocks. The age of some of these rocky homes is up to 700 years old, and they are still inhabited. Here are many tourists, so there are many hotels and restaurants around. There are also mineral springs in Kandovo.
6. Monemvasia, Greece
Monemvasia is a small medieval town in Greece, located on a small peninsula, on the shores of the Peloponnese, 97 km southeast of Sparta. Like Gibraltar, Monemvasia once controlled the seashores between medieval Western Europe and the Levant. Inside the fortified city houses and distinct Byzantine churches are still inhabited and are connected with a long, narrow paved road to the city of Gerif on the continental land.The wealthy Greeks have recovered the ruinous ruins and turned them into holiday houses, but out of season, Monemvasia is almost deserted, and the network of narrow side streets – sometimes wide, but two people left – remains lonely. All year round there is a ferry from Athens.
7. Meteora, Greece
Meteora is a large monastery complex in northern Thessaly, including 9 preserved monasteries, of which 6 are active, built on the tops of hard-to-reach high rocks resembling stone pillars. They rise in the sky at 400 meters above the Thessalian Plain.
As Chester Bennington says, “they do not look like anything on this planet.” The monastery complex emerged in the X century and has existed so far without interruption of the monastic tradition. In 1988, Meteora was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
8. Rocamadour, France
Rocamadour is also cut into the rocks. The small town is located in Southeast France, where the miraculous relics of the Holy Monk Amadur are kept. But apart from this fact, Rocamadour is also known for the finest blue cheese in France. The famous monk gives his name to the village – he was in love with the woods around the area and spent his whole life here.
This architectural and natural masterpiece has been known since 1166. At the top of the cliffs is Rocamadour Castle. Next to it leads a steep stone ladder lying between 14 sites with unique views. They symbolize the 14 holidays that Christ has made on the way to his crucifixion. There is a small tower with a clock on each playground.
9. Manarola, Italy
Manarola is a small fishing village, part of Chinquee terre (or the Five Lands) in Liguria listed on UNESCO. They are Rio Maggiore, Manarola, Cornelija, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, which are connected with a path that is only walking. Manarola and Riomaggiore are linked to the Path of Love. The beautiful Manarola with its corridor houses in a variety of colorful colors, perched on the rocks, is the smallest of the five villages. All five are a very popular tourist destination.
10. Ronda, Spain
Rhonda rises above the edge of the Tahu Canyon over the Guadalevin River in Malaga province. They call it “The Soul of Andalusia”. The town was founded by the Romans in the 6th century BC.
The city’s biggest landmark is the New Canyon Bridge, the Spanish Puente Nuevo. It was built between 1759 and 1793 and its total height was 98 meters. History tells that in the past the inner premises of the bridge were used for prison cells.
Ronda is also considered the birthplace of bullfighting and has been declared a national monument of Spain.