12 Greatest Coastlines Around the World

July 7, 2014

Opinions abound on travel websites about the world’s greatest coastlines. Indeed, it is a difficult list to narrow down due to the sheer number of breathtaking coasts that exist all over the world. Here are just a few examples of popular coastal favorites:

 

 

 

1. Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo via: Wandermelon

Photo via: Wandermelon

Lofoten, an archipelago in Norway’s northern coast, is full of Scandinavian charm, offering incredible views of the fjords and mountains. If you find yourself there between late autumn and early spring, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring northern lights.

2. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Photo by: Pantelis A. via Panoramio

Photo by: Pantelis A. via Panoramio

Popular with tourists in the Mediterranean, Dubrovnik is a booming seaport that attracts visitors with its gorgeous coast. Another interesting feature is the ancient Wall of Dubrovnik, surrounding the city as a means of defense.

3. Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

Photo by: Larry Workman QIN via Panoramio

Photo by: Larry Workman QIN via Panoramio

Located on the island of Kaua’i, the Na Pali Coast consists of impressive sea cliffs, beaches, and state parks. Hiking and kayaking are popular ways to enjoy the scenery.

4. Cape Town, South Africa

Photo by: H.J. van Zyl via Panoramio

Photo by: H.J. van Zyl via Panoramio

Home to mountains like Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, and Devil’s Peak, Cape Town’s coast dazzles visitors with these striking peaks surrounding the City Bowl and Table Bay.

5. Cinque Terre, Italy

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Photo by: ina-maria via Panoramio

This beautiful Italian coast lies on the north shore of the Mediterranean, where picturesque villages dominate the cliff sides.

6. Big Sur, California, USA

Photo by: steffxxx via Panoramio

Photo by: steffxxx via Panoramio

The Santa Lucia Mountains on the Central Coast of California are a major part of this pristine coastline. A highlight of this coast is the Big Sur region, popular to tourists due to its staggering natural beauty.

7. Algarve, Portugal

Photo by: Angel El Alfa via Panoramio

Photo by: Angel El Alfa via Panoramio

Crystal clear blue waters shine beneath gorgeous sandstone cliffs in the southernmost region of Portugal, home to the beautiful beach town of Lagos and the rugged Cape São Vicente, once considered by early explorers to be the end of the world.

8. Great Ocean Road, Australia

Photo by: daven3 via Panoramio

Photo by: daven3 via Panoramio

The world’s largest war memorial runs through the southeastern coast of Australia, where the landscape varies from rainforests to limestone cliffs.

9. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Photo by: Ana Maria Ossorio Lopez via Panoramio

Photo by: Ana Maria Ossorio Lopez via Panoramio

Ireland’s natural green beauty is breathtaking on these cliffs that rise above the southwestern coast. This coastline’s visual appeal has led to its inclusion in several movies, such as The Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

10. Patagonian fjords, Chile

Photo by: Mario Guilherme Cesca via Panoramio

Photo by: Mario Guilherme Cesca via Panoramio

The fjords on the southern coast of Chile provide some truly amazing views of towering peaks and icy glaciers.

11. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photo via: New York Guide

Photo via: New York Guide

This coastal city in southeast Brazil combines the natural beauty of the Brazilian Highlands and the Guanabara Bay with the metropolitan beauty of the towering skyscrapers sprawled throughout the area. At around 100 feet tall, the statue of Christ the Redeemer watching over the city adds to the wonder of this coastline.

12. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Photo by: Far Lang via Panoramio

Photo by: Far Lang via Panoramio

A popular coastal destination in northeastern Vietnam, Ha Long Bay features many tropical plants and animals, floating fishing villages, and unique formations of eroded limestone, including a multitude of small islands and huge caves.

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