8 coastal cliffs that might cure your fear of heights – or make it worse

A peek over the edge of towering seafront cliffs.

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The cliffs of Bonifacio, Corsica The cliffs of Bonifacio, Corsica (Photo: Lukasz Janyst / Shutterstock)

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Bonifacio

Sitting on the southernmost tip of the French island of Corsica, the historic town of Bonifacio is perched on the top of a mammoth white limestone cliff. This town has an Old World feel and an atmosphere that is more akin to villages in Italy than in France. This is partly because Bonifacio is only about seven miles from the Italian island of Sardinia.  

Bonifacio's Old Town is built right up to the edge of the cliffs, creating a visual dynamic that is a sight to be seen. Not only can you peer over the edge into the blue waters of the Mediterranean, but you can eat, drink and even sleep in buildings that seem ready to tumble down into the sea at any time. It is perfectly safe, however. The area has been used as a fortress for more than 1,000 years. Tourists come here for more than the history and the views. Extreme diving events are held on the cliffs of Bonifacio each year.  

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