Which countries have their own Venice?
There are many cities in the world with a developed system of canals, channels and bridges, because of which they are often called the “Venice” of their countries. The most interesting of them will be discussed in this article …
We will not compare the architectural appearance and history of these cities with the original Venice. The purpose of this article is different – to tell about the cities, whose inhabitants as well as the Venetians live on water …
On the Mediterranean coast of Spanish Catalonia, on the Costa Brava, near the French border, about 150 km from Barcelona, is the town of Empuriabrava, built with Mediterranean-style houses, and known as Spanish Venice. The total length of the dense network of canals here is almost 25 km, and the number of moorings is about five thousand. Unlike Italian Venice, here you can drive to the house either by car or by boat.
Approximately 250 km north of Lisbon is the Portuguese Venice – the town of Aveiro (Aveiro), which is one of the brightest attractions in Portugal. Aveiro attracts with its channels, which slide the bright painted boats – Moliseiro, as well as the Jesuit monastery of the XV century.
The US also has its own American Venice – the resort town of Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale), in Florida. Since the network of canals is very developed here, many local residents have their own boats and yachts, on which they move around the city.
In eastern China, in the province of Jiangsu, on the shores of Lake Baixian is one of the most colorful cities in the country – Zhouzhuang. Numerous channels, beautiful architecture and ancient bridges are the main local highlights attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
In the “Celestial” at once several cities claim to be the title of Chinese Venice. The second applicant is the ancient city of Suzhou, also located in Jiangsu Province, but already near Shanghai. The city is famous for its old canal areas, beautiful buildings and stone bridges.
A small ancient and very picturesque town Uzun (Wuzhen) – this is the third Chinese Venice, located in the east of the country, in the province of Zhejiang. The single architectural style of the local houses, ancient stone bridges and numerous canals with a multitude of authentic wooden boats attract tourists from all over China.
The Netherlands also has its own Venice – the town of Giethoorn, located 120 kilometers northeast of Amsterdam. Here, tourists can swim through small canals formed at the site of peat extraction, through which wooden bridges are thrown, and along which colorful houses in traditional style stand. There are no roads at all, there is only a cycle path.
Ukraine has its own “Ukrainian” Venice – the city of Vilkovo, which got its name because of a kind of “fork” formed by the sleeves in the Danube Delta, where it flows into the Black Sea. The old part of the town is located on the water, the streets in it are numerous narrow canals called erikami, which move mainly by boat. Of course, the city is not very lucky with the architecture, it doesn’t smell like a magnificent palazzo and gondolas here, but for foreigners this is probably very colorful and unusual.