Venice is famous, among many other things, for the beauty of its channels. A paradise on Earth that manages to leave travelers without words and with the need to always return to the city of the gondolas. But, did you know that there are other cities with channels as beautiful as these? Let’s travel to them!
If there is a city whose photographs have traveled the entire planet and have managed to make millions of people fall in love, that is Venice. We are talking about one of the most picturesque places on the planet, a city in which, depending on the area, there are practically no streets and canals are the absolute protagonists. Buildings and water merge into a landscape worthy to be admired, photographed and remembered forever. And is that once you contemplate the show that is Venice in the first person you can only think of one thing: return.
The Italian city has always been the one that has taken all the fame, well deserved, but what many do not know is that there are many other places in the world where we can also enjoy wonderful channels that will leave us completely speechless. Cities equally beautiful that hide this great secret and that become the favorite destinations of those who dare to look further and visit them. Places that, like Venice, trap us and do not let us out.
The time has come to expand the photograph and discover what other cities have such beautiful canals as Venice. Get ready, because you’re going to want to take a plane as soon as you finish reading this.
Amsterdam | Europe
It is perhaps the second Venice in terms of fame. Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers of channels, which are populated by a total of 90 islands and are crossed by more than 1,500 bridges. As you can see, the city of bicycles and tulips can also be considered as the city of canals. The precious boats that travel them and the picturesque of the houses that surround them have turned them into one of the most beautiful pictures of Europe.
Bruges | Europe
Not too far from Amsterdam we find another city that stands out for its beauty, its history and, of course, its canals. There are so many who travel its length that the city is full of bridges, to the point that its own name derives from the term ‘brug’, bridge in flamenco. It is considered a World Heritage Site and the combination of the beauty of its canals and medieval constructions make it unique.
Fort Lauderdale | America
It is known worldwide as the American Venice, a nickname that has been earned thanks to the more than 135 navigable channels that can be found in it. This American city is located in the state of Florida and has become one of the great tourist spots of the country, a perfect place to practice some sports, know another side of the United States and enjoy wonderful views.
Saint Petersburg | Russia
Perhaps this is one of the most surprising to neophyte travelers. If we think of St. Petersburg, it is very likely that the first thing that comes to mind is a huge, white blanket of snow. However, the canals and bridges (more than 300 throughout the city) are also protagonists in their prints. If the image of Venice seems fascinating to you, you will be completely captivated by the beauty of this Russian city.
Xitang | China
Very close to Shanghai we find this wonder converted into a water village, a term that is known in China. It has more than 100 channels and a story that falls in love with any traveler. If the views it gives us during the day are spectacular, when night falls and the dozens of red lights that inhabit its streets are lit, the image before us is directly from another world.
Alappuzha | India
Probably the most unknown of the entire list, but also one of the most beautiful. In full India, this city full of canals has managed to capture the hearts of those who have had the luck and fortune to visit it. The boats are protagonists to the point of having become the home of some of its inhabitants. A haven of peace that will change you completely and that is worth knowing.