9 Amazing Coastlines with Deep Blue Seas, Mesmerising Cliffs and Sweeping Views [Slideshow]
Put the kettle on, kick up your feet and get ready to escape the cold with an arm-chair travel slideshow. Across the globe, sweeping coastlines captivate our imaginations and provide endless opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting and simply gazing at panoramic views.
From the 12 Apostles on Australia’s Great Ocean Road, to colourful buildings tumbling down the cliffs along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, inspiration isn’t hard to come by, for your next coastal holiday.
Best of all, there are numerous ways to explore the salty, rugged landscapes. Head out on a family road trip to the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, take a cruise to Dubrovnik for expansive views of history mixed with nature, or hop on board a traditional Junk in Vietnam, to view Hal Long Bay’s soaring limestone cliffs.
1. Oregon Coast, USA
When you’re looking for a scenic drive, the spectacular Oregon Coast delivers. Along with white-sand beaches, hidden coves and dramatic cliffs, you’ll find oceanfront hotels, historic lighthouses and the opportunity to spot seals and migrating whales.
2. Great Ocean Road, Australia
Most famous for the 12 Apostles, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is a bucket list road trip destination. Traverse the twists and bends to see endless, jaw-dropping vistas of wild waves and lush cliffs. Stop at quaint towns for surfing, dining and having a cold beer at local pubs.
3. Amalfi Coast, Italy
For a good helping of gorgeous architecture thrown in with your sweeping coast views, head to the Amalfi Coast. The coastal road winds from Salerno to Sorrento, via majestic clifftop villas, terraced vineyards and delightful lemon groves.
4. Dubrovnik, Croatia
As if royal blue seas, inviting bays and green mountains weren’t enough, Dubrovnik’s coast provides one of the most eye-catching views in the Mediterranean. The medieval, walled Old Town sits in splendour on its captivating backdrop, simply begging to be photographed.
5. Navigio Beach, Greece
One of the most celebrated beaches in the world, Greece’s Navagio is a stretch of coast straight from holiday dreams. Located on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos, it can only be accessed by boat, which makes the experience all the more exciting.
6. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Hop on board a traditional Junk to sail through emerald waters and discover the soaring, limestone cliffs of Ha Long Bay. Islands are named after shapes they appear to depict and topped with lush rainforests.
7. Cape Point, South Africa
Swirling seas, sheer cliffs and rolling green hills are a mere day trip from Cape Town. Incredible views combine with wildlife spotting, hiking paths and cycling trails at Cape Point, for those seeking adventure.
8. Bonifacio, France
Located at the southern tip of Corsica, Bonifacio delights with medieval buildings perched precariously on the edge of imposing limestone cliffs. Mix the views with beautiful mountains and azure waters lapping pristine beaches and you have all the ingredients for breathtaking holiday shots.
9.Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Take the scenic drive through the Iveragh Peninsula for startling green mountains, rugged panoramas and rural seaside villages. The inspiring journey takes you into the heart of Ireland’s mysterious history, with iron age forts and ancient monasteries.