Whenever you get to another city, you first need to get a map of that city (or download it to your phone). Of course, you do not want to get lost. But once you have your map, it’s time to start your exploration by hitting the narrow, steep, short, or long alleys. Here are ten cities and towns with the nicest passageways around the world you should explore.
1. Chefchaouen, Morocco
The province is prominent for its unique and beautiful features: blue houses and alleys. The local people are known for their friendliness and hospitality. Chefchaouen is also famous for the local handicrafts sold at the markets and local cuisine.
2. Dubrovnik, Croatia
The whole city is the most important tourist attraction in the country – it is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Among many narrow and steep alleys, Stradun is the main street, crossing through the old town.
3. Mykonos Town, Mykonos, Cyclades
Mykonos is one of the most desirable and beautiful holiday destinations in Greece. Its pristine water, white houses, and windmills are the signature features. As well as its maze of streets: tourists like to get lost in it while exploring the old town.
4. Birgu, Malta
The historic fortified city established on the Grand Harbour is a popular tourist attraction. Old churches, palaces, and museums are sprinkled around, connected with a web of narrow picturesque streets and alleys that are indeed fun to discover.
5. Bibury, Gloucestershire, England
Often referred to as the most beautiful village in England, Bibury is definitely very charming and very English. The old village, mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), is famous for its stone cottages built in the 17th century and its old romantic alleys.
6. Ping Yao, China
The ancient city of Ping Yao used to be the financial center of China in the 14th century. Today it is listed as a World Heritage Site because of its ancient walls. The narrow Medieval streets and markets are well preserved and attract tourists from all around the world.
7. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Founded in the 16th century, Old San Juan is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. The vibrant houses and unique streets, made of blue bricks, create a spectacular cityscape. It features various sites that are protected by UNESCO.
8. Colmar, Alsace region, France
The well-preserved old town and the diversity of architectural styles make Colmar one of the most popular destinations in France. The town looks like a fairy tale, and strolling in its romantic streets is one of the most popular activities.
9. Vilnius, Lithuania
The gorgeous old town is one of the oldest and biggest urban ensembles in Eastern Europe. It is protected by UNESCO and comprises many beautiful buildings from various historical eras. Most of the narrow streets have old authentic stone pavements.
10. The Kasbah des Udayas, Rabat, Morocco
Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, Rabat has always been one of the country’s most famous and important cities. It has numerous beautiful examples of Islamic architecture. The ancient fortress features paths with white and blue walls, making it look attractive.