Spectacular views from around the world
Wherever they go, people are always looking for a spot high enough to contemplate wide horizons. In this list you get to see some of those places with a fascinating landscape. They hypnotise us with their spectacular views.
In the Sierra Gorda nature reserve is the Mirador Cuatro Palos, a place where you can stand above the clouds. And when the clouds part, the scenery is impressive.
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In the north of Greece, people long ago built monasteries in search of a spirituality that blended with the rugged, rocky landscape.
In the southwestern part of the Burren area of Ireland are these cliffs whose view of the majestic ocean is simply thrilling. On days with heavy swell, the drama of this skyline is amplified.
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A Los Angeles landmark, a film set, and an astronomical observatory. At its feet are the lights of never-ending L.A.
One of the most impressive viewpoints on the planet is on the southwest coast of Norway. It's not suitable for people with vertigo.
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The Burj Khalifa building in Dubai is considered (at 828 meters /2716 feet) the tallest skyscraper in the world. From the top you can see the outline of a city of towering architecture and the edge of the desert.
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If there is one iconic image of Africa, it is Mount Kilimanjaro. And there are two extraordinary views: the landscape from the mountain itself or the snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park in Kenya, where this photo was taken.
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The Iguazu Falls, between Argentina and Brazil, are a grandiose spectacle of nature. From any angle they are mesmerising.
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There are many viewpoints from which to enjoy the majesty of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. The Grand Canyon Skywalk, a footbridge overlooking a deep chasm, is for some a tourist aberration and for others simply a place from which to peer into the abyss and enjoy.
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The city lights at dusk are a fabulous spectacle and this is how they look from Toronto's CN Tower. The building dates from 1976 and has both a vintage feel and a privileged vantage point over the city.
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Sometimes the cliché is absolutely true and looking out over Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo is one of those truly unmissable rituals of travel.
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The Montparnasse Tower looms over the Parisian skyline with a more than debatable arrogance. It has to be admitted, though, that from its more than 200-meter / 656-feet height you have a most enchanting view of the city of Paris.
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Sometimes looking down and enjoying the vertigo is an option built into a skyscraper. The views from the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, are fabulous but, above all, it is designed with a myriad of nooks and crannies from which to look down into the void that separates its more than 300 meters / 984 feet from the ground.
Another majestic African landscape (between Zambia and Zimbabwe), the Victoria Waterfalls can be enjoyed from many perspectives. But perhaps the most spectacular is from the air. Helicopter tours can be arranged to fly over this stunning natural phenomenon.
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Another magnificent vantage point that rises up to provide a view of the Norwegian mountain scenery.
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Traversing the roads of this volcanic area of Iceland is like plunging into a sea of hills and successive profiles.
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In Maori it is called Piopiotahi. In any language, it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand. 15 kilometers / 9.3 miles inland from the Tasman Sea, the mirror-like waters reflect the beauty of the mountains. Their magical views are ideal to enjoy on the boats that ply this fjord.
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Tolmie Peak in Washington State is an excellent vantage point from which to enjoy the Cascade Range.
A waterfall in the Nuwara Eliya area of Sri Lanka whose panorama is worth seeing from the top.
Glacier Point is a lookout point providing extraordinary views of Yosemite Valley in California, with a wild horizon from which to contemplate nature in all its grandeur.
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Where can you get a view of Rio de Janeiro's beautiful skyline, with its bays, mountains, beaches and buildings? There are several recommended viewpoints: Mirador Dona Marta, Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Urca Hill... and the so-called Arpoador Stone, between the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, which (they say) is the best place to watch the sunset.
The Moorish palace of the Alhambra, with the Sierra Nevada behind it, is an emblem of the city of Granada. To understand its true dimension, it is best to climb the steep streets of the Albaicín neighbourhood to the lookout point of the Holy Nicholas.
If you're in search of the best views with high peaks, wide horizons and clear blue skies, Morocco's Atlas region has all these characteristics and more.
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A fascinating, magical enclave, Machu Picchu is the trace of an ancient civilization at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters (6561 feet), like a message sent from another time.
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Built in the year 2000, the Millennium Wheel is already an icon of the city and a must-see for anyone who likes to look down on London from above. At night, if it's not raining too much and there's no fog, it's even more enjoyable.
All kinds of spiritual powers are attributed to the island of Es Vedrá. In Ibiza it is worshipped as a magical place. Watching the sunset over Es Vedrá is one of the most recommended activities when you go to this Mediterranean island. There are three viewpoints on the island from where you can enjoy a privileged panorama: Cala d'Hort, Es Cubells and Torre des Savinar.
Towering cliffs overlooking the sea that separates Britain from France appear to have been cut with a knife. They reflect a glow that contrasts with the blue of the sea on days when the sun shines on this part of the coast - which is not often.
The Manhattan skyline is part of the world's iconography. From Governor's Island you have a great view, but mounting the Empire State Building is also recommendable. Overall, New York's impressive architectural ensemble offers many possibilities to see the city from above.
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On the volcanic island of Lanzarote, in a former defensive watchtower, local artist Cesar Manrique redesigned the space and turned it into a fabulous viewpoint overlooking the sea and nearby islands.
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This is the view from the Carretera Austral in Chilean Patagonia. With areas like Chile Chico, Patagonia is an ideal place to contemplate long perspectives.
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The work of mankind on certain natural sites can be debatable, for example when a piece of beautiful coastline is urbanized. However, at sunset, the view of the city lights at the edge of the sea, as in the case of this viewpoint on Cerro de la Cruz in Puerto Vallarta, has a special charm.
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The Himalaya mountain range has, of course, absolutely prodigious views. Reaching Base Camp (at an altitude of 5,000 meters / 16404 feet) is a challenge but more or less achievable. You don't need to climb to the highest peak; from here you can already get an idea of what it's like to look down from the roof of the world.
The splendour of a super-city from the top of one of the iconic towers of one of China's most powerful cities.
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From Table Mountain you have a good angle to capture the essence of Cape Town and the beauty that comes with its location.
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A viewpoint to enjoy the vertigo in the Windy City. When you look down to the ground, more than 400 meters (1312 feet) in free fall, it is breathtaking. The views of Chicago and Lake Michigan are also impressive.
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In the middle of the desert, east of Death Valley, you can find this place of pilgrimage. In the 60s, it would be the destination for those seeking psychedelic experiences with hallucinogenic substances. The landscape is more than enough to make you hallucinate though.
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On the Basque coast, on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea, stands this promontory with a hermitage at the top. This corner of Biscay was one of the locations for 'Game of Thrones' and became a massive tourist attraction. It is almost better to contemplate its rocks from other, quieter viewpoints nearby.
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The Tyrolean alpine mountains are locations with breathtaking views. The Passeier Valley in the southern Tyrolean area of northern Italy is one of the most beautiful.
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The highest mountain of North America is in Alaska. It is Mount Denali, in the immediate vicinity of which you can see a landscape of absolute freedom.
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A salt desert that 40,000 years ago was a lake and now an astonishing incandescent glow. At some points, where there is a small layer of water, it looks like an immense mirror.
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You don't have to climb to the top. There are also the views at the foot of the beach, when you enter a grotto that opens up in a prodigious coastal area. That's Cathedral Cove in New Zealand.
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Prague is a sight to behold and a delight to experience from above - for example from the Old City Tower. You will see picturesque rooftops, the river, and the magical air that the city preserves in spite of everything.
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In southern Siberia lies Lake Baikal, a frozen beauty during some months of the year and an explosion of nature at other times.
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It may seem obvious, but if you make a list of the best panoramic views, you have to include the Great Wall in China.
Kenya's landscapes are overwhelming in their beauty. And even more so when we go to its natural parks, where the horizon mingles with wildlife preserved from human voracity.
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A country whose plains are out of sight, with vast expanses as well as mountains. The Trans-Siberia Express takes you through these landscapes for hours and hours and hours.
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Undulations in the terrain and the so-called "fairy chimneys" make Turkey's Cappadocia region a land of great sights.
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Another impressive view worth mentioning: the great impression of Egypt's pyramids. There are no words for their majesty.
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Inland Spain is not as well known internationally as the beaches (Costa Brava, Ibiza, Canary Islands, etc.) but the plains of places like La Mancha are legendary as the landscape of Don Quixote's adventures. The famous windmills he fought against can be found in towns such as Campo de Criptana and Consuegra. And the plains of this part of Castile make for breathtaking views.
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