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Les Calanche Cliffs, Girolata

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Must see · World heritage site · Landmark · Tourist Spot
Vivid pink and orange rocky masses and pinnacles crumble into the blue sea composing Les Calanche Cliffs. Unusual erosion patterns form the rocks and porphyry needles, some of which soar 300 m (980 ft) above the waves. Strange patterns emerge from the constant water and wind erosion forming different figures and animals, the most famous of which is at the north end called the "TĂȘte de Chien" (Dog's Head). Other creatures, include a Moor's head, a bishop, a bear, and a tortoise.

The ancient Cosquer cave that is part of the cliffs is a grotto that is 37 m (120 ft) underwater was once inhabited during the Paleolithic era, when the sea level was much lower than today. Its walls are covered with paintings and engravings dating back to between 27,000 and 19,000 BCE and depicting many terrestrial animals, such as bison, ibex, and horses, as well as sea mammals like seals. See Les Calanche Cliffs and all Girolata has to offer by arranging your trip with our Girolata route planner.
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  • We drove through on the winding roads and there were spectacular views everywhere. Narrow roads with many buses taking tourists there. We are on a cruise. It was a bit of a drive and if you don't...  more »
  • Les Calanches is an amazing series of rock formations south of Porto. We decided to do an evening boat trip and we weren't disappointed as the sunset as we returned was beautiful. The boat was quite.....  more »

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