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5 of the most accessible mountain views

10 December 2019 08:12

Feast your eyes on the world's most awe-inspiring mountains.

Feast your eyes on the world's most awe-inspiring mountains.

International Mountain Day is on 11 December and what better excuse is there to see the best views the world has to offer...

Mount Fuji, Japan

A mountain so great to behold that it inspired a series of landscape prints, one of which is considered the most recognisable work of Japanese art. The Great Wave off Kanagawa depicts three boats threatened by an enormous rogue wave with Fuji looming in the background. For a less imposing glimpse of Japan's highest point, head to the popular kayaking and paddleboarding spot Lake Motosu, or the picturesque beaches of Kamakura.

Klein Matterhorn, Switzerland

The Klein Matterhorn has featured on Toblerone packaging since 1960 and appears on many 'most beautiful mountains' lists. It's the highest peak in Europe that can be reached by cable car and not only has an accessible summit, but a choice of views that can be enjoyed from a range of nearby mountains. Gornergrat is one of the highest viewpoints in the area and home to a hotel. Imagine waking up to the Toblerone mountain! For a slice of local life with a view, head to the village of Zermatt.

Sugarloaf Mountain, Brazil

It doesn't get much more accessible than a mountain in Rio de Janeiro, the second-most populated city in Brazil. Enjoy the vista of the 396-metre-high peak from Botafogo Beach, home to carnival blocos, or block parties in February, and a year-round exercise spot for locals. If you prefer somewhere greener why not head to the Tijuca forest? The largest urban forest in the world offers a view of Sugarloaf and the wider Guanabara Bay and surrounding lush islands.

Mount Toubkal, Morocco

The Atlas Mountains are home to North Africa's largest peak, Mount Toubkal. At 4,167 metres high you'd expect views of the mountain to be plentiful and unspoiled, and you'd be right. The summit is a short drive from popular tourist destination Marrakech and can be taken in from 4x4 tours with added views of the Sahara. The views become even more enjoyable from the villages dotted around the mountain range, where indigenous Berbers open their homes to cook traditional tagine dishes and serve mint teas.

Table Mountain, South Africa

Table Mountain's 1,084-metre-high flat top makes it unique. The one-time holder of the World Design Capital title, Cape Town is no stranger to mountain admirers. It has kindly erected giant yellow frames around the city to prompt you to take your best snaps or simply soak up one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Choose from the V&A Waterfront, Eden on the Bay in Bloubergstrand, Signal Hill and more.

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