Top 10 Vibrant Harbor Cities

Top 10 Vibrant Harbor Cities

For thousands of years rivers and seas have been connecting the worlds. Harbor cities have a distinct vibe, which makes them more open, more culturally diverse and lively then the rest of the mainland towns. Check out these ten great port towns, that attract visitors from all over the world.

10. Blakeney, Norfolk, England

The Medieval port village boasts sand hills, channels, creeks and enchanting houses. In the historic buildings visitors will find pubs, restaurants, hotels and shops. It also features parks, beautiful gardens and of course sandy beaches. Outdoor activities include hiking, cycling, going on a trip on a boat, horse riding and even bird watching!

Why to go there?

The picturesque scenery looks like a typical coastal settlement. The sandy landscape overlooking the sea provides a tranquil and romantic spot for a weekend getaway.

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9. Saint-Malo, France

A walled port city on the English Channel is indeed very picturesque. Its modest population increases tremendously during the tourist season in summer. The city was an important port during the Middle Ages, controlling the entrance between the sea and the Rance River. Later it even became a home for the pirates and the sea voyagers. Castles, walls, towers and churches from various eras can be explored during a guided tour or a random stroll in the city.

Why to go there?

Besides the historical architecture, tourists love the local cuisine, which is based on fresh seafood. Incidentally, Sain-Malo has the highest concentration of restaurants in Europe!

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Photo by Carlos Palhau

8. Port Grimaud, France

A seaside town is unbelievably young – created in the 1960s by French architect François Spoerry, who has adopted the Venetian channel system, thus is sometimes nicknamed as the “French Venice”. However, its coast boasts the fishermen houses, very characteristic to iconic Saint Tropez. The town serves as a port for the boat owners, who park their boats in front of their houses basically, and almost has no other traffic. The colorful houses and lush greenery make it look such a picturesque place.

Why to go there?

Town markets and shops provide everything one needs to assure a nice stay in this tranquil oasis. There is plenty of accommodation here for the travelers, since Port Grimaud promotes tourism. Discover this relatively unknown gem on the French Riviera.

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Photo by Maltan Anton

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Photo by Cedric Mayence

7. Lindau, Bavaria, Germany

The city is situated in a unique place – on an island in Lake Constance. Lindau’s historic harbor features a beautiful statue of a lion – a Bavarian symbol. It is the only way to get in – through the canal. Lindau is a popular tourist destination because of its natural surroundings, as well as historic center, boasting many Medieval buildings and streets.

Why to go there?

The city features many historic architectural wonders. It is also located next to the Swiss and Austrian borders: Austria’s Pfänder mountain creates a striking natural backdrop.

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6. Copenhagen, Denmark

A hip Scandinavian city is always a fun place to explore: from traditional Nordic spirit to Christiania, where liberal lifestyle influence the pace here. The boats work here as buses, taking people from one side of the town to another – what a great mean of transportation!

Why to go there?

It is a great way to explore the exciting town from the canals. The glass roofed boats allow to have a really scenic trip around.

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5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Wherever you go in Amsterdam, there are canals all over the city. Many people travel and actually even live in the boats, as this is an old tradition and also quite convenient in a crowded city. Houseboat hotels also provide tourists with accommodation on water and trips around the city.

Why to go there?

One of the most exciting European cities is famous for a liberal spirit, nice historic architecture and coffee shops, where one can get a nice cup of coffee obviously.

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4. Venice, Italy

Venice used to be the most famous and important port for centuries. Grand Canal – the main water-traffic corridor in Venice – stretches through the whole city. The 3800 m (12467 ft) long canal can be explored by water buses, water taxes and gondolas – the tourists’ favorite transportation. The gondoliers sometimes even sing songs, making the experience even more romantic.

Why to go there?

The canal indeed reflects the impeccable style and atmosphere of beautiful Venice. And it is so long, that it can even be seen from space!

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3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is considerede to be one of the natural wonders of the world. In 1502, when the Portuguese explorers discovered the bay, they were amazed by the astonishing bay. Weird shaped mountains and rocks were never seen before by the Europeans. Today it is one of the most recognizable sites in Brazil.

Why to go there?

Visit the peak of Corcovado, where the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. From here amazing views to the harbor open.

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2. Hong Kong, China

Victoria Harbor is a natural harbor, that has played an important part in the history of the city. Meanwhile the boats and ferries are not only a means of transportation here, but also allow to admire the impressive skyline of Hong Kong, which is especially pretty at night, when the skyscrapers are lit up.

Why to go there?

Try going on Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour – a pretty double-decker passes the most beautiful sites of Hong Kong.

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1. Sydney, Australia

One of the most vibrant Australian cities has an extensive harbor system as well as popular Sydney Harbour Islands. The group of islands surround one of the most exciting Australian cities. It includes Cockatoo Island, enlisted as UNESCO world-heritage site. Sydney Harbour Island tour is a popular activity, which introduces to the history and the main landmarks. Glamorous camping on the Cockatoo Island is one of the most unique and favorite activities.

Why to go there?

Found next to Sydney, features historic architecture, great views. Exciting tours around are offered.

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