Waterways have been a part of cities for a long time and add a unique beauty to the landscape. Over the years, canals have been built in cities for various reasons ranging from security, irrigation, navigation, and connectivity to nearby towns.
Today, Canal cities are reducing in number as canals are being emptied in favor of roads and the few that remain have become huge tourist attractions. Here is our list of the 11 most beautiful canal cities in the world.
Below are the top 11 Most Famous & Beautiful Canal Cities In The World in 2017-2018
11. Tigre, Argentina
Tigre is an Argentinean town just north of the city of Buenos Aires. It’s a gateway to the rivers and wetlands of the vast Paraná Delta. The town’s old fruit harbor, the Puerto de Frutos, is now a busy craft market. Nearby, the Mate Museum traces the history of the traditional Argentinean tea-like drink and has a mate bar. Rowing clubs and restaurants line the Paseo Victorica, a riverside esplanade. So, Tigre is a hodgepodge of islets with elegant vacation homes, ramshackle fishing abodes, and camp-style resorts. Some waterways are big enough for water taxis and private boats while others, thick with willows and ceibo trees, accommodate only a single skiff.
10. Giethoorn, Netherlands
This village in Netherlands is often called as the Venice of the Netherlands. It is a quiet and rustic place. The canals separate pieces of land and there are over 140 bridges connecting different areas of the village. This village, like Venice, is car-free and boats and cycles are the main modes of transportation. Special silent boats with electric engines called “whisper boats” ply in this village making it environment friendly as well as extremely picturesque. This is a place which a person must visit once a life.
9. Bangkok, Thailand
If the flashy lights of a bustling metropolis are what you are looking for, then the Thai capital should very well be your next stop. Popular for its mouthwatering cuisine and mystic temples, Bangkok’s inherent character as a city is redefined by its widespread network of canals, which was built during the 19th century. Located in the central area of Thonburi, the canals are filled with gondolas selling a wide range of items, varying from clothes to artifacts.
8. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is a Belgian city which has a divine charm about it, spelled out by the Gothic artistry that defines this city’s persona. The canal system of Bruges seems to have been built in the form of a moat that surrounds the old city areas. Each of the canals is famous for its own attractions, may it be the greenery surrounding the Church of Our Lady: Groene Rei or the souvenir shops around Dijver.
7. Kerala, India
Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. This South Indian waterfront city represents the beauty of India in the truest sense of the word. Built during the zenith of British rule in South Asia, the primary purpose of Kerala’s canal network was to aid trade and transportation of raw material. In today’s times, you can travel through these canals and witness the rice fields along with the strikingly colorful outfits donned by the locals. It is also known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks like Eravikulam and Periyar, plus Wayanad and other sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
6. St. Petersburg, Russia
The Russian history is known for its momentous ups and downs, and St. Petersburg bears testimony to every one of them. Standing by the Neva River, this historical canal city is home to a number of nineteenth century cathedrals as well as the State Hermitage Museum. Depending on your budget, you can choose from a variety of water crafts to explore the waters surrounding St. Petersburg and even scoot off to St. Peter’s much-talked about palace called Peterhof.
5. Annecy, France
There is a definite charm about French cities. While Paris is widely accepted as the place where romance is a bloom all year round, places like Annecy redefine the classiness associated with the French culture. As you travel across the canals of Annecy, you will find yourself falling in love with the French delicacies available readily at the eateries that line the city harbor. When in Annecy, make sure that you visit the Palais de l’Isle which is a place that has served as a home, a prison, a courthouse and more recently, as a museum.
4. El Gouna, Egypt
Any mention of Egypt is usually associated with images of pyramids running through our minds. It, therefore, does not come as a surprise that even a spectacular place like El Gouna remains a relatively unknown Egyptian travel resort town on Egypt’s Red Sea, near Hurghada. It’s built along the shore and on small islands, and is known for its lagoons, coral reefs and sandy beaches. Among these is long, wide Mangroovy Beach, popular with kite surfers. Lively Abu Tig Marina is lined with restaurants and bars. In the downtown area, Tamr Henna Square has palm trees, shops and cafes with outside seating.
3. Cape Coral, Florida, United States
Cape Coral is nicknamed as the Waterfront Wonderland. Cape Coral was conceived in the late 50’s and early 60’s when another would be planned community, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), was still a twinkle in Walt Disney’s eye. The latter became a theme park attraction, but Cape Coral was built around 400 miles of navigable canals. More than 150,000 now reside in this palm-fringed city, with the family car parked in front of the house plus the family boat out back.
2. Venice, Italy
Venice exemplifies the concept of canal cities. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, this canal city is on the list of must-visit places for every aspiring traveler. With its historical buildings coinciding with the serenity of its flowing waters, it would not be wrong to count Venice among the most romantic places in the world. We would be remiss not to acknowledge the grandfather of all canal cities. Novelist Thomas Mann declared it somewhere between “a fairy tale and a tourist trap.” Yes, the canals can smell funky at times—winter, mainly—and the crowds can make it one of the world’s least romantic places, but you can be among a tourist herd, turn a corner, and find yourself alone in a magical corner. There’s no denying Venice’s continued magnetism.
1. Water Towns, China
Situated at an hour’s distance from Shanghai, China’s Water Towns are indeed as a sight to behold. Combining natural scenery with a peek into the history of Chinese architecture, the six towns are considered as one of the main tourist attractions of China. If you choose to visit the Chinese Water Towns, brace yourself for the majestic stone bridges, built during the reign of Ming Dynasty. As you float across the Yangtze River Delta, you will be greeted with the sight of the signature red Chinese lanterns amid the historic temples.
Canal Cities have the most beautiful and unique geography with the most beautiful touch of nature in them. As we have seen in the list above the variety and beauty of such cities all around the world by which we can say that these cities can be the best gift from mother nature to any country around the world. These cities are center of attractions for the people who love to explore the beauty and calmness of the nature. So, we have provided the list of top 11 most beautiful canal cities around the world which a real traveller should explore once in life.