5 Places where people don’t drive cars – at all

Posted by Anita Froneman on 8 October 2019

In a world driven by fancy cars, some cities across the world have chosen a rare alternative: No cars allowed. Not only do they save money, they are great for the environment. From donkeys to boats, here’s how these folks get around.

1. Santorini, Greece


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This much loved holiday destination is not nearly unknown and make use of donkeys to transport people and goods. The streets are narrow and only allows for pedestrians and animals. This island seems idyllic, surrounded by blue waters and white houses but before you support this mode of transport, be aware of arguments against locals for supposedly not always treating their furry friends too well. Rather take a hike and walk off all the sublime ice cream that are for sale everywhere.

2. Sark, English Channel

Quiet and peaceful, this little island is nestled between Normandy and France. Residents make do with tractors, horse carts and bicycles. The island is home to numerous lovely and winding unpaved roads, making navigating the island without cars easy and gratifying.

3. Fazilka, India

This is a small town on the India-Pakistan border so congested streets with small, bustling shops are nothing out of the ordinary. But what is quite unlike the typical picture of India, here are no hooting cars and running for your life to cross the street. Recognising people’s need to be on the move and get somewhere fast, a popular dial-a-rickshaw service was initiated. These three-wheeled vehicles with the motor of a small motorcycle are common all over Asia.

4. Fes-al-Bali, Morocco


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The streets in this middle eastern city are very narrow, and they are substantially carefree, although not always motorcycle-free. The entire medina (old walled city dating form medieval times) was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981.

5. Venice, Italy


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Depicted on postcards as a tranquil, romantic city with lovers on canal boats, Venice is truly unique and lives up to the hype. There’s a bridge to the mainland carrying rail lines, buses, and motorists who pay $22 a day to deposit their cars in an island-sized parking garage.


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