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Cities with no car traffic

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no car trafficThere are urban settlements where the movement of cars is strictly forbidden by law. These are unique cities through their lifestyle, but also historical dignity, which attract millions of tourists annually.


Reclaiming city streets for people — Chaos or quality of life?

Now there is no car traffic. Traffic flow in streets adjacent to the square has risen from 1 000 to 6 500 vehicles per day, while in other streets there has been no …

All over the world there are cities where some areas have restricted motor traffic, while there are also urban settlements where car rides are totally forbidden. Some have done it to preserve the historic integrity of the settlement while in others to drive by car is absolutely impossible, writes vocea.biz. Among these, the most visited tourists are: Venice, Italy One of the most famous cities for the lack of cars is Venice. The capital of the province with the same name in northern Italy has been declared a UNESCO heritage since the 1970s.


Venice comprises 118 islands, and the island’s canal is 175 channels in length, and 38 kilometers in length. The narrow streets are crossed on foot, and the canal is crossed either by boat or one of the over 300 bridges of the city. Venice is connected to the mainland by a railway bridge built in 1846, but once reached the platform, the city must be visited on foot or on the gondola. The distribution of goods is also done with the help of small craft with engines, while tourists are familiar with vaporetto journeys.

Giethoorn, The Netherlands The city of Giethoorn in the Netherlands is another example of urban settlement that preferred canals instead of cobbled streets. The reason is related to the industry in the area. The channels were formed after the peat was discovered in the swampy region, a variety of inferior coal used mainly during the industrialization period. Circulation in the area is also accomplished with the help of boats, be it the traditional ones, for which the tourists prefer, or the motor boats used by the locals. In the old area of ​​the city were recently introduced bicycle tracks. Even though it bears the name of North Venice, the city of Giethoorn is an idyllic place for nature lovers, being a quiet area unlike the cosmopolitan Italian port. Chinese tourists are the ones who have particularly fallen in love with the Dutch city canals, and hundreds of thousands have each year to go by boat through Giethoorn.

Hydra, Greece With its cobbled, narrow and sloping streets, car traffic is virtually impossible in Hydra, one of the Saronic islands in the Aegean Sea. The city is largely dependent on the tourist activity in the area and many restaurants and shops can be found in the harbor for those visiting the Greek islands. In order to continue to benefit from tourism, the authorities have imposed a conservation law so that the traditional features of the city are not destroyed.

Vauban, Germany If so far there have been cities that do not allow car traffic because of historical development, Vauban is a place specifically designed to be environmentally sustainable. The city is a modern one and it was designed in such a way that the central and residential area does not travel by car. Those who can not give up cars must park them on the edge of residential areas. Residents who have no cars are financially rewarded by local authorities. Until now, about 40% of the 5000 residents of the city have definitely renounced cars, and city traffic is done either by bicycle or on foot.

Mackinac, Michigan, United States of America Not just Europe has cities where cars are forbidden. On the Mackinac Island in Michigan, the United States, about 500 people live, and most work in the field of tourism. Cars have been forbidden since 1898, and traffic is now being carried out with rackets or carriages. The locals banned the cars because they scared the horses and disturbed the city’s peace. The only premise vehicles are those for emergency response.

Fire Island, United States of America The city occupies the entire island, which is too small to allow the construction of boulevards. Due to too small space, residents and tourists are happy to cycle, and if they have to carry bigger luggage, they do it with the caravans they attach to the bicycles and can leave them in the specially arranged car parks.

Paqueta, Brazil Paqueta is an island off the coast of Brazil and is the home of the tribe of Tamoio. Indigenous people have disappeared as a result of colonialism. The Portuguese authorities used the island for the production of wood, stone and fruit, and the aristocrats of the times built their villas here, largely because of the wonderful view. All the sight and nature is what attracts today the tourists who come to visit the island and who appreciate the old charm of the place, strolling through the cobbled and narrow streets.

Mount Athos hosts one of the oldest monastic communities on Earth

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Mount Athos hosts one of the oldest monastic communities on Earth, is inhabited continuously for over 1,800 years by those choosing to break away from the world and live isolated in prayer. There are at least 20 Orthodox monasteries, currently and over 2000 monks on Mount broken the rest of the world where women are forbidden to transgress. Rocky and steep southern area of the peninsula, known as Karoulia, however, is the abode of ascetics who want to live undisturbed, completely cut off from the mundane.


Mount Athos – Wikipedia

Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism. It is governed as an autonomous …
Karoulia Karoulia is divided into inner and outer. Access from the outside in the Inner chain is supportive. In the early twentieth century lived here 30 strugglers, while today their number between 10 and 20.


Mount Athos – UNESCO World Heritage Centre

An Orthodox spiritual centre since 1054, Mount Athos has enjoyed an autonomous statute since Byzantine times. The ‘Holy Mountain’, which is forbidden to …
Most of the cells from Karoulia are ascetics and hermitages that they themselves constructed from materials used, recycling waste from other monks.Seen part of such construction often disguise the true size of the place ascetic, stretching into the depths of a cave or along natural rock cavities. Organizing space inside these hermitages proves a very rational use of space. One of the cells typical of the region is that of the Holy Archangels in Inner Karoulia. In the decade of 50s, the cell was known as “Hermitage guard” at the ascetic Gabriel, “the one with the curly hair,” which had formerly been guard. In recent years he lived here a Russian ascetic. Cell shows no radical changes until today, which applies to most of the places ascetic area, which keeps this ascetic character. Archangels cell consists of a chapel, Five small cells and a warehouse.


Ten dream places for tourists visiting Peloponnese

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Paradise Peloponnese in Greece is known for its culture and heritage beauty.A trip on the peninsula will certainly be an unforgettable memory for tourists, writes en.protothema.gr. Here are ten places that can be visited in the Peloponnese.

Greece: highlights of the underrated Peloponnese

The writer Paddy Leigh Fermor is best known in Greece for his exploits in Crete in 1944, when he daringly abducted a German general from right under the Nazis’ noses. But his heart really lay in the Mani – the wild, remote quarter of the Peloponnese
The ancient amphitheater at Epidaurus Festival Athens hosts the largest in Greece. This summer – as every year – Greek amphitheater theater projects, subtitled in English.
Ruins of ancient Corinth is an exceptional archaeological site. The ancient city is located 9 km SW of Corinth, in the foothills Acrocorint.
In the town of Nafplio is more picturesque streets and souvenir shops and traditional products. In Nafplio, tourists can visit Bourtzi Castle and can climb the 999 steps of Palamidi Castle.

Winery of Nemea is another attraction and there guests can sample the famous Greek wines. They also can visit the ruins of the ancient city of Nemea, the museum, the temple and the ancient stadium.

Another site is Mycenae, a UNESCO-protected monument. Mycenae was built between two high conical hills, on a lower plateau, controlling both land routes and sea. The biggest attractions of this site are archaeological museum, ancient tombs and palace of Mycenae.

The ruins of Olympia is located in the western center Peleponnese in the valley Alfeios. Here Olympic Games were held every four years in honor of Zeus.

Diros Cave is a unique experience for those who choose to go by boat along the 1.6 km long underground river. Diros Cave is 10 km away from Gytheio and 5 km from Pirgos Dirou.

Monemvasia is the name of a region and means “single entrance”. Naval Base ancient Minoans became one of the most important castles in the Peloponnese in the Middle Ages. Stone houses and Byzantine churches will be an inspiration for tourists.
Methoni Castle was one of the most important Greek buildings in the Middle Ages. It is located on the peninsula of Agios Nikolaos. Fort Bourtzi is connected to the castle by a stone bridge.

It also reflects Byzantine Mystras site of 14-15 centuries. You can admire the beautifully decorated churches, centuries-old.

Highlights of the Peloponnese

I’ve just spent a few days in the far south of Greece. I’ve always thought you get plenty of Greek Island charm without leaving the mainland if you head for the Peloponnesian Peninsula. It’s all within about 3 to 4 hours by car from Athens. Over the

The southern Peloponnese, Greece: the perfect break

Why go… Ignore the islands, turn left at Athens and make the journey that defeated Nero across the dramatic Corinth canal, for it is in the Peloponnese that you will find staggering landscapes, soaring mountains and the mythical heart of Greece. Fill
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