In these cities and towns around the world, you will walk a lot.
What is the advantage of living in the city without a car? Less pollution, more silence, more physical activity and nature conservation.
But because of rapidly developing technologies and industrial production, in the world there are not so many cities without a car. In this tape collected top 10 of such places, where there’s still opportunity to escape from some aspects of modern civilization.
Beautiful fire island in new York – one of the best summer destinations in the USA. The island has some of the best beaches in the country, unspoiled wilderness and historical sites. In addition, fire island is absolutely devoid of cars. You will not find here the Metropolitan way of life even though it’s part of new York. Hiking and Biking is the main way of moving around fire island. There are also ferry and water taxis transporting visitors to the island, which is considered to be ecologically clean area. Vehicle maintenance and emergency vehicles are allowed here, but only in case of emergency. The natural unspoilt beauty of these places attracts thousands of visitors. Sightseeing, Canoeing, boating, Hiking and observation of the animal world – the main tourist entertainment fire island.
The medieval Moroccan city of Fes-El-Bali is the largest urban area without cars in the world. It is a world heritage site famous for its ancient history and unusual architecture with narrow streets. This historic city has 9400 steep narrow passages, the dimensions of which exclude any use of the vehicles. Walking and bicycles are the only option for travelling around the city. But in some areas, fès-El-Bali the width of the streets is barely one meter, so even Cycling is not possible here.
Lamu island in Kenya is one of the most beautiful destinations in East Africa. It is part of the Lamu archipelago and the beautiful coastal direction without a car. Donkeys are the main mode of transportation on the island, reachable exclusively by boat. You can explore the Lama walk, or during your bike excursions. It is very quiet and peaceful place where you can enjoy deep relaxation. Once the Llama was part of the ancient Arab trade route and one of the centres of Swahili civilization. Besides learning about history, you can enjoy boating, scuba diving, sightseeing, and riding jet skis.
La Cumbrecita is a small beautiful village located in the region of the Black River in Argentina. It is solely a pedestrian village where it is forbidden any cars. This village is known for its Alpine atmosphere and cobbled roads to get around which is by foot only. The only way to explore this picturesque village walking tour, and the length of the tourist route is more than 30 kilometers. The city has a strict policy of eco – tourism You have to Park your vehicle in front of the entrance to the village to continue to travel on foot.
Zermatt is a small beautiful village in the Swiss Alps, located at an elevation of 1620 meters. In this mountain village cars is prohibited by law to prevent air pollution. You can reach the village of Zermatt world-famous glacier Express. A trip to Zermatt in the Express reveals breathtaking views of Swiss scenery, mountains, valleys and bridges. You can explore the ancient architecture of Zermatt, travelling along the cobblestone streets of the village. Breathtaking views of the majestic Matterhorn is the main attraction of these places. As it is one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland, you can ski and snowboard on the numerous sport tracks.
Very quiet and beautiful Greek Island of Hydra located in the Aegean sea. Cars on the island is strictly forbidden, not only prevents air pollution but also preserves its natural beauty. You can choose horses, donkeys or water taxis to explore all the charms of Hydra. During walking tours along the many trails of the island you will get a lot of pleasant impressions and good time. Hydra island is also known for magnificent sunsets and clear turquoise waters.
Little Mackinaw island in Michigan is a popular summer resort in the USA. You can reach this island by small plane or boat. To travel there will have without a car, since the use of all motorized vehicles are prohibited on Mackinac island since 1898. To get around Mackinac, three options are available – coach, a Bicycle or walking tours. However, for reasons of security on the island are emergency vehicles and vehicle maintenance. The lack of cars makes Mackinac island an environmentally friendly direction and demonstrates the natural beauty in its most beautiful manifestations.
Sark is a small island without cars, located in the channel Islands of France. There is no airport, and water transport is the only way to get to the island. Tours are conducted on bicycles, or Hiking trails. In Sark there are about 600 permanent residents, using to move the bikes or cartage. For persons with disabilities have special bicycles with engines.
Giethoorn – a peaceful village in the Netherlands, also known as ‘Venice of Holland’. Like Venice, the village is linked by a network of numerous beautiful canals and small bridges. The main feature of Giethoorn is the complete absence of roads and cars. A beautiful village surrounded by a vast national Park De Weerribben-Wieden with many rare species of plants and trees. The lack of cars and the presence of so many trees maintain excellent air quality in Giethoorn. Here resides about 2,600 people using to move boats or quiet electric. The best transport to travel around the city is by boat.
In the historic city of Venice has 117 small Islands and 150 canals. The Islands of Venice are connected by small bridges. It is also the largest urban area without cars in Europe. Instead of the traditional roads, waterways of Venice are the hundreds of channels. Explore the city by boat, or during Hiking trips. Water taxi is the main form of public transport in Venice. For tourists there are classic Venetian rowing boat-gondola. In the city there are about 350 gondolas, a journey which along the Grand Canal (the largest canal in Venice) is the main tourist attraction of Venice.
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