Top 12 Most Beautiful Streets In The World Every Traveler Must Visit
Roads unquestionably interpret a city and there are most beautiful streets on the globe that every traveler must visit at least once in a lifetime. There may be days when you are stuck in a bottle neck traffic at a street, however, there are stunning avenues which are lined up with iconic landmarks and are actually tourist attractions.
Whether it is for their space in history, the elegant shops that stand along them or their indelible singularity, it is these streets that tourists visit and have their photos taken. Below is a list of some of the attractive thoroughfares in the world that without a doubt will leave a deep-rooted imprint in your memory for the rest of your life.
Via della Concilazione, Rome, Italy
The foremost access point to the Vatican City when you are in Rome, Via de la Conciliazone is one of the most beautiful streets in the world every traveler must visit. It connects Castel Sant Angelo to St. Peter’s Square where it is also lined up with various historical and religious landmarks such as the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri and Santa Maria del Transportina besides various shops.
Meaning “road of reconciliation” this street was constructed between 1936-1950 under the introduction of Italy’s former dictator Benito Mussolini to commemorate the Lateran Treaty signed in 1929 between his government and the Catholic papacy. Via della Conciliazone is arguably one of the most photographed streets in the world, let alone Rome or in Europe.
Rynek Starego Miasta, Warsaw, Poland
It is Warsaw’s old town market area until the end of the 18th century. Rynek Starego Miasta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has been destroyed to rubble by German bombs in World War II and restored to its former grandeur between 1948-1953 based from photos and 700-year old paintings.
It is Warsaw’s determining highlight which is bordered by richly decorated burgher (wealthy class in Poland) houses that date back to the 17th century. In the Medieval times, Rynek Starego Miasta was the venue for public beheading but today the stunning buildings now house art galleries and shops while at their facades are venues for open-air cafes and restaurants.
Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
A must visit on any a trip to Paris, the elegant Avenue des Champs-Elysees is a 1.88 km. thoroughfare that runs from Place de la Concorde to the majestic Arc de Triomphe. This world’s most beautiful street was at some point a swamp until the 17th century when it was designed as a road along the Seine River and the Tuileries Palace.
This very prestigious site is home to high-end luxury brands such as Guerlain, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Zara among others. It is also a cultural hotspot, a culinary mecca and hosts to a variety of important events all year round.
Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, Italy
Unfolding at the eastern area of San Marco basin from the Doge’s Palace to Rio de la di Dio, Riva degli Schiavoni is a wide avenue and considered as one of the most attractive waterfronts in the world. Meaning literally as “Slavs” Schiavoni refers to the ancient Slavic men from Dalmatia (present day coastal region in Croatia) who came to do a trade in Venice in the Medieval period.
It was on this promenade where boats would dock and disembark their merchandise, where traders, seafarers and statesmen in the early times arrived from various ports of the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas. In the modern period, Riva degli Schiavoni is now bordered with shops selling souvenirs to tourists as well as the mooring point of gondolas.
Fondamenta San Mauro, Burano, Italy
Famous for its multi-colored houses, Fondamenta San Mauro is actually a canal, rather than a street in Burano, one of the islands of the Venetian lagoon in Italy. Mainly inhabited by fishermen in ancient times, the only way to find their way home through the thick fog was to have their houses painted in bright colors.
Oftentimes mentioned as one of the beautiful towns of Italy along the Venice Lagoon, the locals have to tint their houses in rainbow colors because the heavy mist which the island is known for will obscure white-washed homes from sight. A spot every traveler must visit aside from sightseeing, Burano is also famous for its exquisite lace-making industry that dates back to the Roman period.
Lombard Street, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
A one-block section with 8 hairpin bends, Lombard Street in the city of San Francisco, California, the U.S.A. is regarded as the crookedest but attractive street in the world. Constructed in 1922 at the Russian Hill neighborhood of the city, it was intended to lessen the hill’s natural 27 percent grade which was then regarded as very steep for vehicles hence the hairpin turn design would make it easier for cars to drive down.
Encompassed by stunning mansions and well-tended flower gardens, Lombard Street is aesthetically pleasing and is a great stop to your itinerary when you’re on a visit in San Francisco.
Painted Ladies, Steiner Street, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
On a gentle slope of Steiner Street is a row of pastel-colored Victorian-period houses called “Painted Ladies”, another top bucket-list every traveler must visit when in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. While there are other historic “painted” houses in other parts of the city, those at Steiner Street or “7 Sisters/postcard row” are unique because they are built across Alamo Square Park with no other homes in the area and quite easy to snap a picture of them.
Placa de Espanya, Barcelona, Spain
Constructed for the Universal Exposition of 1929 on a site where it used to be the location for public executions in the Medieval times, Placa de Espanya is Barcelona’s iconic landmark and a famous intersection for the city’s major transportation axes such as Passeig de Gracia. It covers a total land area of 34,000 sq. m. and located at the foot of Montjaic Hill.
Placa de Espanya is easily recognizable by its unique architectural style such as its monumental fountain. A must-visit for travelers in Barcelona, this is an impressively beautiful sight where other important attractions can be explored nearby.
Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona, Spain
A very elegant street in Barcelona, Spain that has been fashioned by the artistry of great architects in the world, the best must-see visit for travelers to explore examples of Catalan Modernisme style in architecture such as La Casa Batlo and La Casa Mila among others.
A city that loves to “dress to the nines” for travelers and appear itself like a picture postcard, aside from its architectural heritage by Gaudi, Joseph Puig, Lluis Domenecq and other Catalan Modernists, Passeig de Gracia is also home to high-end shopping areas, magnificent hotels, bars and restaurants.
The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
Right at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town that stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Royal Mile. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the said “Scots’ Mile” is of utmost culturally and historically important to the city.
The Royal Mile connects two royal residences of the British monarchy (from the castle down to the palace) and home as well to the Scottish parliament, cathedrals, law courts and numerous other tourist attractions.
This beautiful street is worth visiting when you are in Edinburgh to get catch sight of the city’s Medieval architecture.
Qiyi Street, Lijiang, China
A UNESCO World Heritage Site area in Lijiang, Qiyi is a cobblestone street lined with distinct architecture of China’s Naxi indigenous people, which is a mix of Tibetan and Han Chinese architectural style. Aside from the cobblestone streets, old canals also crisscross this ancient town spanned by stone bridges with dragon decorations and other mythological animals. The traditional buildings have been converted into souvenir shops for travelers as well as home to unique local cuisines and tea houses.
A beautiful tourist site in northwest Morocco which is famous for its buildings, houses and maze-like streets that are painted in hues of white and blue. This tradition is believed to have started in the 1930s by Jewish refugees who settled in the area, that would serve them as a reminder of Yahweh and the reflection of the sky or heaven. This town’s name may be hard to pronounce but its indigo look is so easy to recognize and more than its charm, Chefchaouen has also a rich cultural heritage such as its leather products and local delicacies.
Remember the quotation “there is beauty everywhere in this world”? Well, these beautiful streets just made a point. And who doesn’t love visiting such spectacular areas? How many of them have you seen so far and where will you go in your next travel?
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