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A place of stark, wild beauty, this black-sand beach on Iceland’s south coast is one of the country’s most photogenic locations. Here, roaring Atlantic waves batter the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, the black pebble shoreline, and the pyramid-like cliff of basalt columns known as Garðar, where you can spot puffins and guillemots.
Ronda, Spain was built astride a huge gash in the mountains carved out by the Río Guadalevín. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. It is a brawny town with a dramatic history littered with outlaws, bandits, guerrilla warriors and rebels.
Stretching 82 feet (25 meters) across the Skógá River, into which its teeming waters plunge 197 feet (60 meters) from a rocky cliff, Skógafoss clocks in as one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls. Its clouds of spray regularly create vivid rainbows—often double rainbows—across the waters. The waterfall is also an important site for local folklore.