From the Iberian Peninsula to Spain´s exotic islands, check this ultimate list of the most epic cliffs in Spain to experience the magic of giant waves crashing against the rocks across the whole country.
Ever since my first Algarve road trip in Portugal, I´ve fallen in love with the natural spectacle of European cliffs. While the Iberian Peninsula is quite in the shadow, compared to the Irish Cliffs of Moher or Norway´s Preikestolen, Spain definitely has many hidden gems up its sleeve.
Most of the cliffs in Spain are unapologetically beautiful. They absolutely belong on every Spain Bucket List and will completely take your breath away.
The Most Epic Cliffs in Spain
1. Playa de Los Catedrales / Galicia
While Playa de Los Catedrales is one of the most unique beaches in Northern Spain, the whole Spanish region of Galicia ranks globally for some of the highest cliffs in Europe.
Banco de Loiba – a bank overlooking the cliffs of Galicia near Ortigueira at the Spanish coast of Loiba is often unofficially called “the best bank of the world”.
2. Los Gigantes / Tenerife
Another big name on every list of cliffs in Spain is Los Gigantes. These giant rock formations can be found on Tenerife, one of Spain´s most popular islands.
Located in the west of the island, a small resort of Los Gigantes is one of the most epic Canary Islands landmarks. This unique natural setting is famous for its giant 800m-high cliff formations. Los Gigantes is one of the main stops of all Tenerife family holidays as the views are to die for. Moreover, popular tourist activity at Los Gigantes is to rent a boat or a kayak and marvel at the landscape from the ocean.
The other Canary Islands don´t stay behind with their own natural gems like Valle Gran Rey in Gomera or Anden Verde in Gran Canaria.
3. Zumaya / The Basque Country
The filming of Game of Thrones in Spain has brought a lot of international attention to the divine nature of the Northern regions of the Iberian Peninsula.
Zumaya Beach without any doubt is a Spanish landscape that looks out of this world. The unique rock formations extend from Zumaia to Deba. These Spanish cliffs doubled in GOT for the Dragonstone surroundings. A series of strata formations rise vertically from the sea while creating an ultimate unearthly effect. Usually, layered rocks form when particles settle from water or air.
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In summer Zumaia beach gets crowded and make sure you visit at low tide (many rocks are submerged under the sea every time the tide comes in). But this place is so worth visiting – it is a must-stop on every Basque Country Itinerary.
4. Finisterre / Galicia
Finisterre is one of the most freedom-infused landscapes in Spain. Romans called it finis terrae, which means “end of the earth”. Because if we time-travel back to the Roman times on the Iberian Peninsula, Finisterre at the west coast of Galicia was where the known world literally ended.
Finisterre is also known as the final stop of The Way of Saint James or Camino de Santiago in Spanish. Although many pilgrims end their route at Santiago de Compostela, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain.
Nevertheless, the natural marvels of Galicia and A Coruna Region don´t end with Finisterre. The nearest San Andres de Teixido, Cabo Ortegal, and Vixia de Herbeira are also globally known as some of the most beautiful cliffs in Spain.
5. Cap de Formentor / Mallorca
More epic cliffs in Spain can be found on the Spanish island of Mallorca. The region of Sierra Tramontana is considered one of Spain´s top cultural landscapes and national landmarks. Subsequently, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the very same one you simply can´t miss in the Mediterranean.
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The views from the northerly point of Cap de Formentor will reveal in front of you some of the most unforgettable views, especially if you love experiencing sunsets around the world. The coastal landscape of Sierra Tramuntana is known for its overwhelming natural beauty and 200m-high foothills plunging into the sea.
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6. Los Hervideros / Lanzarote
One of the most visited natural attractions in Lanzarote island is definitely the volcanic cliffs Los Hervideros. These stunning lava formations were formed as a result of the volcanic eruptions of 1730-1736. Los Hervideros could be translated from Spanish as “Boiling Pots” and if you get a chance to visit this otherworldly Spanish Landscape on a day with big waves you´ll realize it´s quite an assertive name.
7. Cabo de Gata / Almeria
Cabo de Gata Natural Park is one of the top natural gems of the Andalusia region and one of the best places to explore in Almeria. Even though the nearest Wild West Town Experience always wins the attention of international filmmakers, Cabo de Gata will amaze nature lovers with some of the most beautiful cliffs in Spain.
Don´t miss local viewpoints Mirador de la Amatista, Mirador del Arrecife de las Sirenas, Mirador de las Salinas, Mirador de la Isleta del Moro. Also, Cabo de Gata Natural Park is home to one of the most beautiful secret beaches in Spain – Playa de los Muertos. So, after taking a glace at Mirador de la Playa de los Muertos you can descend to the coast and enjoy the white sands and blue waters of this unique natural setting.
8. Faro de la Mola / Formentera
While the Spanish island of Formentera is known for its Caribbean-like beaches, popular among those seeking to experience the romantic side of Spain, the lighthouse Faro de La Mola offers a unique panorama of some of the most impressive cliffs in Spain.
Another spectacular coastline location nearby is Punta Roja. Torre de sa Punta Prima overlooks the unique reddish cliffs stretching along Formentera´s coast.
You can check more unique views and places in this post about my magical weekend in Formentera.
9. Cap De Greus / Girona
Cap De Creus is one of the top places to visit in Catalonia and one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes of the Spanish Costa Brava. Located near Cadaques, one of the most beautiful small towns in Spain, Cap de Creus nature reserve was the first natural park in Catalonia to cover both sea and land since 1998.
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The total area of Cap de Creus is 13 886 hectares. Within the nature reserve, you can find lots of hiking trails and unique natural settings, like Cova de S´Infern, Cala Culip, Cala Cullero, Pla de Tudela.
The rocky coastline of Cap de Creus can´t compete with Galicia in terms of heights, even though its highest peak San Salvador reaches 670 m. Nevertheless, these landscapes served as an inspiration for Salvador Dali, who lived in the area and you can visit his house in Cap de Creus – Casa-Museo de Salvador Dali.
10. More cliffs in Spain
If we decide to move away from the diverse Spanish coastline, we can still find quite a few otherworldly beautiful landscapes to add to this list of the most impressive cliffs in Spain. For instance, Castellfollit de la Roca in Catalonia, Ronda and Arcos de la Frontera in Andalusia, Masca in Tenerife, Siurana in Tarragona, Guadalest in Alicante, Montserrat near Barcelona, Frias in Burgos, and Cantavieja in Teruel.
If you know of other impressive cliffs in Spain – please share your thoughts in the comments below, so that we could all together keep discovering new natural wonders in Spain.