After the sad news of the Azure Window in Malta collapsed due to natural events, there are still many natural arches to see around the world, but since they formed thousands of years ago, maybe it would be time to go and see them before it’s too late. (yes, it’s another excuse to pack and go!)
Some of them are on the coastline, some of them not, but no matter their location, they still are an incredible proof of what Mother Nature can do and a magic place to visit, especially during sunrise or sunset.
So brace yourself, we’re gonna jump around the world to discover 15 beautiful natural arches to see before it’s too late! (rigorously in alphabetical order)
1 – Azure Arch, Mongerbino
Also called “Kisses arch” due to the particular shape that resembles the two rocks sticking out in search for a kiss, this natural bridge is famous for an old advertisement with two lovers on it, kissing. It’s near Palermo, in Sicily, in the locality of Mongerbino.
2 – Cape Palinuro, Palinuro
In the Cilento region of Campania, Italy, where poet Virgil made his trojan hero Aeneas dock and become the ancestor of Romans, you can spot both via land and sea the Cape Palinuro natural arch, the icing on the cake of an already beautiful region.
3 – Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
One of the most famous natural arches in the world, this sandstone arch in the Arches National Park, Utah, poetically seal the view of the over 2000 arches in the entire park, a natural show comparable only to the majesty of Grand Canyon.
4 – Durdle Door, Lulworth
Like the arches in Utah, the likewise famous Jurassic Coast near Lulworth, in England, houses the burly Durdle Door, a privately owned limestone arch big enough to let a good-sized boat sail through it.
5 – El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, Cabo San Lucas
On the southernmost point of Baja California, in Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean, there’s this famous and beautiful natural arch, accessible only by the sea. A place of touristic and naturalistic relevance, due also to the immense underwater canyon nearby.
6 – Elephant Arch, Pantelleria
Another Italian arch, located on the volcanic island of Pantelleria, well-known for its sweet wines and the traditional agricultural practice of cultivating the head-trained bush vines, now Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Unesco. This arch’s sturdy shape, looking like an elephant with its proboscis reaching the water, has become a symbol of the island.
7 – Es Pontàs, Satanyi
Swimming from Pantelleria to Mallorca, we can cross the line under the natural arch of Es Pontàs, in the municipality of Satanyi. Standing alone on the water, it seems the perfect spot for a chequered flag!
8 – Falaise d’Amont, Étretat
Landing in Normandy remembers woeful historical events, but we have to say that the 90m tall white chalk cliffs are simply stunning. That’s also the reason why several painters, like Monet, portrayed this superb example of a coastal arch, combined with the Needle, that lonely pointed rock featured also in an Arsène Lupin novel.
9 – Green Bridge, Castlemartin
A very iconic coastal arch, this natural bridge can be seen going north, in Wales. Despite the fact that is located in the Castlemartin Training Area, a military area, it resides in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and can be usually accessed by the public.
10 – Kleftiko beach, Milos
White cliffs, pristine water, and an island mainly famous for the amazing Venus de Milo displayed at Louvre museum in Paris, Milos has also several arches to show to the world, along the Kleftiko beach, reachable only via boat.
11 – La Portada, Antofagasta
12 – Pont d’Arc, Vallon-Pont-d’Arc
Literally an arch bridge, this arch has been carved out by the erosion of the French river Ardèche and it measures 60m wide and 54m high. It’s sometimes referred to the entrance gate for the Gorges D’Ardèche, the “European Grand Canyon”, a renowned prehistoric and cultural tourist site.
13 – Praia de Augas Santas, Ribadeio
Probably you know this Spanish beach as the As Catedrais beach (Beach of the Cathedrals) due to the particular formation of the cliffs, with its arches resembling flying buttresses. During low tide is possible to access the beach and visit several caves, small and big, but it could be dangerous to wait too much inside due to the speed the high tide arrives.
14 – Pravčická Gate, Hřensko
Located in the middle of Europe, close to the Czech-German border, this natural bridge is a very popular attraction, and also the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe. Next to the arch there’s a hotel, built in the 19th century, and the area can be visited paying a fee.
15 – The Rock of Raouché, Raouché
Also known as Pigeon Rocks, the arch and the sentinel rock are located off of the westernmost shores of Beirut, in Lebanon. A superb view of those giants can be taken from the coast and from several restaurants on the cliff, provided with panoramic terraces.
What do you think about those natural arches, did you see some of them? Tell me about it in the comment section!
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