10 Places Without Cars

What is the advantage of living in a city without cars? Less pollution, more silence, more physical activity and nature conservation. But due to rapidly developing technologies and industrial production, there are not many places without cars in the world. This tape contains the top 10 places where there is still the opportunity to take a break from some aspects of modern civilization.

Fire Island, New York, U.S




Beautiful Fire Island in New York is one of the best summer destinations in the United States. The island has some of the best beaches in the country, unspoilt wildlife and historical sites. In addition, Fire Island is car-free during the summer tourist season and permit only pedestrian and bicycle traffic (during certain hours only in Ocean Beach). You will not find a metropolitan lifestyle here even though it is part of New York. Hiking and cycling are the main ways to get around Fire Island. There is also a ferry service and water taxis that bring visitors to the island, which is considered an ecologically clean area. Maintenance vehicles and rescue vehicles are permitted here, but only if absolutely necessary. The unspoiled natural beauty of these places attracts thousands of visitors annually. Sightseeing, canoeing, rowing. [Source] [Photo Source ]


World's 10 Car-Free Places

Fes el-Bali, Morocco  
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The medieval Moroccan city of Fes el Bali is the largest urban area without cars in the world. This World Heritage Site is famous for its ancient history and unusual architecture with narrow streets. This historic city has 9,400 steep narrow aisles, the dimensions of which preclude any use of vehicles. Hiking and bicycles are the only way to travel around the city. But in some areas of Fes al-Bali, the width of the streets barely reaches one meter, so even cycling is not possible here. [Source]

Lamu Island, Kenya

Lamu Island in Kenya is one of the most beautiful destinations in East Africa. It is part of the Lamu archipelago and a beautiful coastal destination without cars. Donkeys are the main transportation method on the island, which can only be reached by boat. You can explore the Lama on foot, or on a bike trip. This is a very quiet and peaceful place where you can enjoy deep relaxation. Once, Lamu was part of an ancient Arab trade route and one of the centers of Swahili civilization. In addition to exploring history, you can enjoy boat trips, scuba diving, sightseeing and jet skiing. [Source]

La Cumbrecita, Argentina 
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La Cumbrecita, is a small beautiful village located in the Black River region of Argentina. This is an exclusively pedestrian village where no cars are allowed. This village is known for its alpine atmosphere and cobbled roads, which can only be reached on foot. The only way to explore this picturesque village is with a walking tour, and the length of the tourist route is more than 30 kilometers. The city has a strict ecotourism policy - you must leave your vehicle in front of the entrance to the village and then travel on your own.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is a small beautiful village in the Swiss Alps, located on an elevation of 1620 meters. Cars are prohibited by law in this mountain settlement to prevent air pollution. You can reach the village of Zermatt by the world famous glacier express. A trip to Zermatt by express offers breathtaking views of Swiss landscapes, mountains, valleys and bridges. You can explore the ancient architecture of Zermatt while traveling through the cobbled streets of the village. Breathtaking views of the majestic Matterhorn mountain are the main attraction of these places. Since this is one of the best ski resorts in Switzerland, you can go skiing and snowboarding along the numerous sports tracks. [Source]

Hydra Island, Greece

Very quiet and beautiful Greek Island Hydra is located in the Aegean Sea. Cars on the island are strictly prohibited, which not only prevents air pollution, but also preserves its natural beauty. You can choose horses, donkeys or water taxis to explore all the delights of Hydra. During walking tours of the island’s numerous tourist routes, you will get a lot of pleasant experiences and have a good time. The island of Hydra is also known for magnificent sunsets and clear turquoise waters.

Mackinaw Island

Little Mackinac Island in Michigan is a popular summer resort in the United States. You can get to this island by small plane, or boat. You will have to travel here without a car, since the use of all motorized vehicles has been prohibited at Makino since 1898. To get around Makino, three options are available - a carriage, a bicycle, or walking tours. However, for safety reasons, rescue vehicles and maintenance vehicles operate on the island. The lack of cars makes Makino Island an environmentally friendly destination and demonstrates natural beauty at its finest.

Sark, Normandy, France

Sark - a small island without cars, located on the Channel Islands of France. There is no airport, and water links are the only way to get to the island. Tours are carried out by bicycle, or along hiking trails. In Sark, there are about 600 permanent residents using bicycles or horse-drawn vehicles to move around. For disabled people there are special bicycles with engines.

Giethoorn, Netherlands

Giethoorn is a peaceful village in the Netherlands, also known as the 'Venice of Holland'. Like the city of Venice, this village is connected by a network of many beautiful canals and small bridges. The main feature of Giethoorn is the complete absence of roads and cars. The beautiful village is surrounded by the vast De Weerribbean-Wieden national park 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. About 2,600 people permanently live here, using boats or silent electric boats to move the boats. The best transport for traveling around the city is a boat.

Venice 
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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 traditional roads, the transport arteries of Venice are hundreds of canals. You can explore the city by boat, or during a walking tour. Water taxis are the main form of public transport in Venice. For tourists there are classic Venetian gondola rowing boats. There are approximately 350 gondolas in the city, traveling along the Grand Canal (the largest canal in Venice) is Venice's main tourist attraction. You can read about the sights of Venice in a special collection, which contains the 20 most popular places in the city.

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