Sea arches are spectacular geological formations created by constant sea-wave action. They have always been objects of great curiosity and awe for everyone.
Whether you’re a curious beachcomber, an enthusiastic tourist, or merely a spirited photographer, sea arches will always amaze you.
Here is our handpicked selection of some of the most beautiful sea arches in the world!
Azure Window was a 28-meter-tall sea arch on the Gozo Island in Malta. However, it collapsed in 2017 following heavy storms in the region. We suggest that if you have sea arches on your travel bucket list, it should be now than never!
Azure Window, Gozo, Malta
Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, Canada
Those wanting to not only see the sea arches, but also walk through them should visit the Hopewell Rocks.
These arches are on the shore, so you can even picnic beside them during low tide.
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
Cathedral Cove features two charming beaches separated by a huge rock arch. You can either walk up to this arch during low tide or take a boat or kayak during high tide.
El Arco is located exactly at the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Approachable only by boat, this arch is visible from anywhere in Cabo San Lucas.
El Arco, Baja Peninsula, Mexico
Wharariki Beach, South Island, New Zealand
Wharariki is one of the less-trodden beaches, and you have to trek the forests and sand dunes to reach. But when you do, the spectacular sea arches, which can be reached only by boat, will blow your mind away.
Morocco’s Legzira beach is special and unique because most of it is lined by gigantic sea arches.
At sunset, these arches glow in red hues, giving you many Instagram-worthy moments.
Legzira Beach, Tiznit Province, Morocco
Durdle Door, Dorset, England
This limestone sea arch is privately owned, but is open to public. Durdle Door is a 140-million-year old arch jutting out of the Jurassic Coast, and is very popular with tourists.
Blue Caves, Zakynthos, Greece
Blue Caves is a group of sea caves adorned by spectacular natural arches on Greece’s Zakynthos island.
They get their name from the clear blue waters surrounding them.
Étretat, Normandy, France
Étretat is Normandy’s famous tourist spot, known for its soaring white limestone cliffs and awe-inspiring sea arches. The unique geological formations here have impressed many 19th century impressionist artists.
Bow Fiddle Rock, Portknockie, Scotland
This natural sea arch is named so as its shape resembles the tip of a fiddle bow. Composed of Quartzite, this tourist attraction is also a nesting place for many sea bird species.
Green Bridge of Wales, Castlemartin, Wales
This 80ft high limestone arch is a very popular tourist attraction in Wales. However, owing to its location within a military area, its access may be sometimes restricted due to security reasons.
Percé Rock, Quebec, Canada
The most iconic geological landmark of Quebec, the Percé Rock, meaning ‘Pierced Rock’, is a limestone island in the middle of the sea. It is one of the most-visited spots in Canada.