The 15 oddest streets in the world lifestyle
In this list, some of the most peculiar places on the planet are reviewed. Their architecture, colour, character and resources make them a tourist attraction so different from the rest.
1. Fondamenta San Mauro, Burano (Italy)
Located 7 km from Venice, Burano is one of the most picturesque islands in the Veneto region. Famous for its colourful houses and its production of lace and thread, among its most authentic streets, San Mauro Fondamenta is well worth a mention. It is bursting with boats and craft shops that reflect that care for detail between the green, yellow, turquoise and pink facades from the island.
Among the flagship buildings on the island, the Lace Museum catches the eye, where the city’s evolution through its seams and fabrics is explained. Also, you should visit the steep bell tower of Burano, which can be seen in the distance from the lagoon.
2. Market Street, Lesbos (Greece).
Coined as the “most beautiful street in the world” (according to the survey carried out by the Bored Panda community), this place stands out because of: its red roofs, cobbled streets and the old fishermen’s houses; that are now art galleries and coffee shops.
3. Royal Mile, Edinburgh.
Its 1.118.2 metres length has made it the most famous street in Edinburgh. Its extension allows the most authentic parts of the city to be connected with the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Divided into six areas: Castlehill and Castle Esplanade, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand; each of these parts which connect to this street allow for contrasts to be made among different cultures and businesses in the city. From Castlehill and Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle can be reached. Lawnmarket separates The Hub church from Bank Street, which flows to the Bank of Scotland. It is the most commercial street in Edinburgh, where souvenir shops define the morphology of the area. To visit Parliament Square, it is advisable to go along Abbey Strand Street, which runs from Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
4. Blue Street, Chefchaouen, Morocco.
In the north of Morocco, just a short distance from Tetouan and Chefchaouen, the “blue village” can be found. Its narrow streets contrast with the blue on its walls. A combination of Spanish and Moorish styles that fits in with this location. This old Berber population was dyed blue in 1930 with the Jewish settlement, who used this colour as the colour of freedom. From its historical centre, it is important to visit La Medina where the Uta el-Hamman square; the Great Mosque; the old prison; the Majzen square and the Citadel are all located. A celestial paradise, perfect for disconnecting from all the hustle and bustle.
5. Neal’s Yard, London.
The first two things that draw your attention to this area are the drawings and the tones painted on every corner. Thus, the purple, brown, pink and red colours from the different shops create a contrast that is quite cutting-edge. It has been done by Nicholas Saunders, one of the main activists of the London naturist culture. Located in the heart of Covent Garden and just a stone’s throw from the West End, this square reflects that hippie spirit that spread throughout the streets of the city in the 60s and 70s. Hence, the small shops of organic, healthy and natural products in the city are still there today. An explosion of colour in central London.
6. Selaron’s staircase, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
This symbol of Brazilian bohemia is located between the Lapa and the Santa Teresa districts. This work by the Chilean artist, Jorge Selarón, stands out because of its bright colours and its tiles, which can be seen on its 251 steps. The red, blue, yellow and green colours that make up its mosaics represent the daily life that takes place in Brazil, with scenes about the flavela (slums) and the streets in Brazil. Its magnitude is such that in 2005, it was declared a historical monument in Rio de Janeiro. A “living and mutant” staircase, as its author defined, turned into a historical chronicle.
7. Annecy Channel, in France
Known as the “Venice of the Alps”, its entangled streets, channels and intimate terraces create a unique atmosphere which is focused on the river Thiou. The symbols of this French city enhance its romantic style with the Lover’s Bridge, the Island’s Palace, the Visitation’s Basilica and the Annecy Castle.
8. Jauniela street, in Riga (Latvia).
Full of modernist buildings, Riga brings a great amount of Art Noveau together, which is everywhere. This urban morphology led to the city being declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 because of its conservation and legacy alike. A stately style which radically changes in Jauniela street, where the late medieval-styled wooden houses reproduce a classical-tale atmosphere. A journey into the 18th century where terraces, cafés and hotels are imbued with the artistic experiences of the environment.
9. Haji Lane, in Singapur.
In the Arab Street neighbourhood, this street is in vogue for those visiting Singapur. Chic cafés, art galleries and alternative clothes shops are a part of the charm in this area. A meeting point for youngsters and artists where the latest trends in music, art and urban culture take place. Eastern avant-garde.
10. Bregagh Road, in Northern Ireland.
This curvy tree-lined stretch can be found in Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland, where several scenes of the “Game of Thrones” series were shot. History states that in 1775, James Stuart decided to plant 150 beech trees to impress his guests so as to create an access walkway to the family mansion: Gracehill House. A place full of phantasmagorical legends which have increased that aura of mystery that surrounds it.
11. Checkpoint Charlie, in Berlin (Germany)
Checkpoint Charlie is the old border crossing which divided East Germany from the West. Created in 1961 with the Berlin Wall already built, it is in this checkpoint where allied soldiers checked the passports of those people who wanted to enter the Eastern part or vice versa.
This part became one of the most arid areas in Europe, since so many citizens tried to leave the old East Germany to find a better life for themselves beyond the infamous Berlin wall.
Against this background, both American and Russian tanks would position themselves in that very place, which led to an increase in tension between those super powers during the Cold War.
Active until 1989, the date in which the Berlin Wall was knocked down, its reconstruction took place in 2000. All those old elements from the old border, which included the warning signs about passing through the border and leaving American territory, were recreated and used on the new one.
12. Rue de l’Abreuvoir, in Paris.
This cobblestoned Street with facades covered in ivy define this part of Montmartre, the most bohemian in all Paris. It was there where leading pictorial and literacy artists started to emerge in the 20th century with artists such as: Van Gogh, Manet, Picasso and Dalí; all calling it their home. A group portrait of the bohéme.
13. Tetsugaku No michi Street, Kyoto (Japan)
Extended by 2km, this “philosopher’s way” (named in this way in order to honour the Japanese philosopher, Nishida Kitaro, who strolled along there while meditating) is teeming with cherry trees, and it has the most beautiful views of the mountain region in Higashiyama, as well as the ancient temples of Hōnen-in, Ōtoyo Shrine and Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji; which are full of blooming camellias. The Satori experience.
14. El Caminito, Buenos Aires (Argentina).
In this traditional passageway of the “La Boca” neighbourhood in the capital city of Argentina, the tango, “Caminito”, was started by Juan de Dios Filiberto which, is one of the most emblematic anthems in the country.
Its 150m length is used like an open museum, where the painted walls in red, yellow, green and fuchsia remodel the natural landscape of “Puntin” (the diminutive which everyone has known it by since the beginning of the 20th century). This path became a part of the train line to Ensenada until 1928, when the rail fork was closed, and the line was not used again. In the 50s, the area was brought back to life, thanks to the work by the painter, Benito Quinquela Martín, who turned it into a pedestrian area, reviving it by way of the sheet “tenements” (popular houses which defined the landscape of the neighbourhood from the beginning till the 19th century as a nucleus for Genoese immigrants). A symbol of the nation that is Argentina.
15. Baldwin Street, Dunedin (New Zealand)
In Otago Bay in New Zealand, we find the steepest hill in the whole world. Baldwin Street certainly grabs your attention because of its slope, which has been typified as having a 35% inclination, which causes its 350 extended metres to be covered in an average time of 10 minutes. As well as that, in the same place, the Baldwin Street Gutbuster run takes place, with hundreds of runners going up and down in a continuous way, trying to beat the previous records.
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- 1 1. Fondamenta San Mauro, Burano (Italy)
- 2 2. Market Street, Lesbos (Greece).
- 3 3. Royal Mile, Edinburgh.
- 4 4. Blue Street, Chefchaouen, Morocco.
- 5 5. Neal’s Yard, London.
- 6 6. Selaron’s staircase, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
- 7 7. Annecy Channel, in France
- 8 8. Jauniela street, in Riga (Latvia).
- 9 9. Haji Lane, in Singapur.
- 10 10. Bregagh Road, in Northern Ireland.
- 11 11. Checkpoint Charlie, in Berlin (Germany)
- 12 12. Rue de l’Abreuvoir, in Paris.
- 13 13. Tetsugaku No michi Street, Kyoto (Japan)
- 14 14. El Caminito, Buenos Aires (Argentina).
- 15 15. Baldwin Street, Dunedin (New Zealand)