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5 Awe-Inspiring Locations Where Cars Aren't Allowed

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

In a world where practically everyone owns or wants to own a car, it's amazing to learn that there are places where cars aren't allowed or used for reasons we don't know but will certainly learn about while reading this article.

While utilizing a car as a mode of transportation makes getting around easier in some ways, it also has its drawbacks. Let's take a look at these places and try to understand why cars aren't used or permitted.


Essaouira, Morocco - This is a Moroccan walled city with extremely narrow streets that cannot handle automobiles. Meknes Medina was also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Only carts, donkeys, bicycles, motorbikes, and foot traffic are permitted to travel within the city.


Hydra, Greece - Hydra is one of Greece's most beautiful Saronic islands. If you want to get away from the rush and commotion of Athens, the island is only an hour distance by hydrofoil and 2 hours away by boat. Also, because no cars are permitted on Hydra except garbage trucks and ambulances, the Greek capital's traffic is extremely congested. Foot, mules, and donkeys are the only modes of transportation, allowing you to appreciate the white and blue residences while squeezing through the small, cobblestone streets.




Sark, United Kingdom - The Bailiwick of Guernsey's smallest island, Sark, is located in the English Channel's Bay of St. Malo. It is accessible by ferry every day from Guernsey's St. Peter Port. Cliffs, caverns, woods, stone cottages, bees, and butterflies abound on the island, which is a nature lover's heaven. Cars are prohibited, with the exception of the occasional tractor for agricultural purposes and horse-drawn carriages for transportation. Going on a vacation like this is, in fact, one of Sark's pleasures. Furthermore, the island has some of the clearest and unpolluted night skies in the world, making it a popular destination for astronomers.


Bonthe, Sierra Leone - This is one of Sierra Leone's highly populated coastal towns. Bonthe is said to have three main streets that are only one meter wide, with no tarmac in sight. To get around, indigenous people mainly walk on sand trails or ride motorcycles or bicycles. Passenger boats do run through the town on a daily basis, but they aren't large enough to accept cars.


Mackinac Island, Michigan - Mackinac Island is located in Lake Huron, between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. The limestone Arch Rock formation and Fort Mackinac, a walled collection of military fortifications perched on a seaside hill, are its most famous features. Visitors who enjoy Native American art will enjoy visiting the island museum and purchasing anything that strikes their eye. On Mackinac Island, cars are prohibited, and pedestrians and bicycles rule the roads. Electric bikes are also prohibited.



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