Canals occur in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from large canals that link seas to tiny waterways that run through towns. People are inclined to compare these towns to Venice since they are so closely associated with it. In fact, towns across the globe that are renowned for their canals and waterways are often referred to as "The Venice of" their region. These cities, however, have their own beauty and history and are well worth a visit. An overview of the world's most renowned canals.
10. Stockholm Canals
Stockholm, Sweden, is known as the "Venice of the North" because of its 14 islands. There are canals and boats everywhere since it is constructed on so many islands. Renting a canoe or kayak and kayaking between the city's islands is a wonderful way to explore the canals.
Alappuzha (also known as Alleppey) is an old and picturesque town in India abounding with canals, dubbed "The Venice of the East." The renowned Kerala backwaters are linked to Alappuzha, and tourists may hire a houseboat to explore the backwaters for one or many days. It is also possible to attend the renowned Snake Boat Race, in which teams of rowers fight for the Nehru Trophy.
8. Bangkok Klongs
The Thai word for canal is "klong." People utilised klongs for transportation and trade across Thailand in the past, giving Bangkok the moniker "The Venice of the East." The majority of klongs have been filled in and are now used as roadways. However, a tourist version of a traditional floating market may be found on the Klong Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi province, or you can take a boat through downtown Bangkok on the Khlong Saen Saeb to escape city traffic.
7. Nan Madol
Nan Madol, often known as the "Venice of the Pacific," is a group of tiny man-made islands off the coast of Micronesia's Pohnpei Island. The islands were most likely constructed by the 8th century, while Nan Madol's unique megalithic architecture was most likely erected during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was the Saudeleur dynasty's ceremonial and political headquarters for 400 years, until the city fell into ruin.
6. Suzhou Canals
Suzhou, often known as "China's Venice," is a city in Eastern China on the Yangtze River's lower reaches. Suzhou, which dates back to the 5th century BC, is known for its beautiful canals, exquisite gardens, and ancient stone bridges. It's also known for its silk trade and for being close to the Grand Canal, one of the world's busiest waterway commerce routes.
5. Panama Canal
The 77 kilometers of the man-made track (48 miles) By linking the Atlantic and Pacific seas through a small strip of land in Panama, the Panama Canal altered the path of commerce and travel. The canal, which was completed in 1914, allows ships to pass through a series of locks to go from one side to the other, eliminating the need for ships to travel around the tip of South America, which is considerably longer and more hazardous. Every year, about 14,000 ships travel through the Panama Canal.
4. Hoi An
This fishing village-turned-tourist-attraction is located on the Vietnamese coast of the South China Sea. Although the major shipping industry has long ago gone to Da Nang, Hoi An has been an international port since the 16th century. The Old Town, with its meandering alleys and Chinese-styled shophouses, is the city's beating heart. Because of the small canals that run through portions of the town, it is often referred to as the "Venice of Vietnam."
3. The Bruges Canals
Bruges is Belgium's most popular tourist attraction and one of Europe's finest preserved mediaeval towns. Bruges is known as the "Venice of the North" because of its canals. The ‘Reie' river was transformed into a network of canals in the Middle Ages, allowing merchants to transport their wares to the Market's enormous Water Halls. A boat trip around these well-known canals is now a popular method to view some of Bruges' most stunning sights.
2. Amsterdam Canals
Another “Venice of the North,” as it is known. During the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam started constructing its renowned canals in the 17th century. The grachtengordel is formed by the three major canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, which create concentric belts around the city. There are more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) of canals and 1,500 bridges now. There are 1550 significant structures along the major waterways.
1. The Canals of Venice
Venice, often known as "The City of Water," is the crown gem of the water cities. The Grand Canal's romantic gondolas and Italian design contributed to its recognition. Venice has deteriorated since its heyday and now has more visitors than inhabitants, but the romantic appeal remains. Venice is stitched together with over 150 canals that have become essential to its identity. If a gondola is too sluggish, take a vaporetto – but don't attempt to hail a cab unless it's a water taxi - since there are still no vehicles in Venice.