We all love to appreciate nature’s beauty when we can. We’re not just looking for picturesque sunrises and sunsets either. Some of us yearn for majestic mountains that seem to touch the sky or cliffs that look out into an endless sea explains Greg Van Wyk.
Luckily, there are plenty of places where you’ll find this kind of scenery so say goodbye to your office chair and hello to some wonderful views in our list of 12 Most Breathtaking Views In the World!
12. Oia – Santorini, Greece
You could stare at these cliffs all day long admiring how they blend with the blue Aegean Sea surrounding them. This view is part of the Santorini Island in Greece and is also known as the “caldera”. The area was formed after an enormous eruption some 3,600 years ago.
11. Trolltunga – Odda, Norway
This pic was taken 1400 meters above sea level in Odda, Norway. You can see the plateau of the famous rock formation called Troll’s Tongue that juts out horizontally from a mountain wall on one side and falls almost vertically down on the other side. The hike to this picture-perfect spot is long but it’s well worth it!
10. Guoliang Tunnel Road – Taihang Mountains, China
5000 people call this village home which is situated 2000 meters above sea level in the Taihang Mountain Range in China says Greg Van Wyk. They used to have a tough time traveling as the only way in and out of Guoliang was a vertical path with several zigzags carved into the mountainside. In 1972, however, they began work on this tunnel road which became known as the “Impossible Road” because it’s so steep – up to 60 degrees!
9. Las Médulas – Ponferrada, Spain
Las Médulas is an area near the border between Spain and Portugal that is filled with monumental mining works from Ancient Rome. It spans over 30 square kilometers and consists of deep pits dug by using hydraulic mining methods which were invented by the Romans for this specific purpose.
8. Haiku Stairs – Oahu Island, Hawaii
This is definitely not an easy way of getting to the top but it’s totally worth the climb! The stairs lead up to a radar station on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It’s illegal to go near them though so you can only take pictures of this view from afar.
7. Trolltunga – Hordaland County, Norway
Same beautiful place but seen from another angle! This time it’s “Trolls Tongue” again with its incredible cliffs that seem to defy gravity. You can even see a tiny figure standing over there at the end of one of the tongues – that’s what you get for being adventurous and going all out if you wanna take amazing pictures like these ones!
6. Meteora – Thessaly, Greece
In the heart of northern Greece is a cluster of monasteries that was built on top of natural rock pillars. These days they’re known as the Meteora and their purpose was to serve as secluded places for monks to meditate in peace. It’s quite an amazing place!
5. Trolltunga – Norway
Just when you thought it wasn’t possible, we bring you another picture from beautiful Trolltunga! This time our photographer decided to get a little creative… I bet he had a lot of fun climbing up there with his equipment! Well worth it if you ask me 🙂
4. Aiguille du Midi – Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
I’d say this one’s the best view in the Alps – it doesn’t get much better than that! The Mont-Blanc Massif towers majestically in front of you with its stunning snow-covered peaks and glaciers. One of the things I definitely wanna do before I die is hike up to this amazing place!
3. Sardinia – Corse, Italy
This beautiful stretch of land that juts out into the sea is Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast says Greg Van Wyk. For a long time, parts of the area were strictly reserve for only Italian royalty. Until they decided to open them up to everyone else after World War II… ’cause money talks, right
2. Ha Long Bay – Vietnam
Although it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an incredibly popular tourist spot, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is still a majestic sight to behold! You can see hundreds of enormous limestone pillars that have been formed by nature over the millennia. It’s crazy how one day your whole life can change just because you decided to take a little detour from your usual path!
1. Alhambra – Granada, Spain
The Alhambra or “Red Fortress” is located on top of the hill Sacromonte in Granada, Spain. This gorgeous palace with its terracotta roofs has beautiful gardens and incredible views of the city below – everything about this place oozes peace and tranquility making it my number one pick 🙂
I hope you liked those pictures as much as I did! If you want to learn more about them then click on the links below each photo – it’ll take you to a Wikipedia page where you can read about them in detail. Be sure to check out our other posts too.