All around the world, arch monuments are among the most celebrated landmarks. These are beauty and perfection at their best, with great intricacy and symmetry, and mankind is proud of these architectural achievements. But, whatever man does, Nature has already done it - better and with greater finesse. That is why, when we lay our eyes upon the stunning natural arches in the world, the man-made ones look rather artificial, and even their perfection seems kind of ordinary. Here is a list of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Natural Arches in the World.
Natural Arches National Park in Utah
Utah has not just one natural arch, but an entire National Park spread across 76,679 acres, with over 2000 natural landscape arches. It was established in 1929, and has since had many tourists, driving and walking between the arches. The most famous attraction in the park is the Delicate Arch. Other famous arches are Kolob Arch, Double Arch, Landscape Arch, etc. mostly carved due to erosion.
The Algarve Coast is a spectacle of Southern Portugal. One of the most favourite areas here is the Praia da Marinha between Carvoeiro and Albufeira. The most visited landmark here is the double-arch called the Spectacle Arches, off the shore, formed when waves eroded the coastal sedimentary rock, amnily sandstone. The best view can be enjoyed by taking a boat trip along the coast in Lagoa.
The Pont d'Arc is located near the town of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in Southern France, and is one of the most beautiful natural arches in the world. It is carved by the Ardèche River, and, along with the section of the river, the arch is hugely popular with tourists, not only because it forms a natural entrance to the Ardèche Canyon, but also because it is a popular canoeing and kayaking area.
El Arco de Cabo San Lucas
The El Arco de Cabo San Lucas is a sea arch, located at the southernmost tip of Baja California Peninsula, in the city of Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico. It is also referred to as Land's End, since it is located such that the South Pole and the arch would be collinear if a line were to be drawn. This golden-coloured sea arch is seen from Cabo. This is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.
The La Portada is one of the most amazing natural arches in the world, located on the coast of Chile. "The Gateway" stands in the Pacific Ocean, in the Antofagasta region, and is not too far from the shore, and is a popular spot among travellers, as well as photographers. Made of andesite stone, sedimentary rock, sandstone and fossils, it is one of the protected natural monuments of country.