When you think of city streets, you probably get an image of crowds, the noises of traffic and a never ending bustle. It would be a great experience to walk through beautiful, relaxing streets where you can take a minute to stroll and take in the surroundings without tens of people bumping into you in their hurry. The good news is that such streets exist, in many locations and in popular cities around the world. All you have to do is a little digging, as some of these streets are found in hidden spots. Below is a list of some of the most beautiful streets in the world that hold a special charm and vibrancy not often found.
Rua da Bianca de Duarte Belo, Lisbon, Portugal
You would be hard pressed to find a street that bears similarity to the Rua da Bianca de Duarte Belo in Lisbon. This street is on a steep hillside, and has a funicular railway which has been in place since 1892 running between two rows of buildings. The buildings house small bars, and the balconies facing the street on either side are filled with beautiful flowers. From the street, you can catch a view of the ocean, and the stunning hills beyond. Not to forget that the houses lining the tramlines sport brilliant colors.
The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
This 18th century avenue is lined on both sides by beech trees. The centuries old trees form an enchanting canopy over the avenue, which was the road leading up to the home of the local Stuart family back then. The appearance of the street even gained it a spot on the popular medieval drama TV show, Game of Thrones. It also ranks as one of the most photographed locations in northern Ireland.
Like something from a fantasy animation film, the blue city of Chefchaouen in Morocco has narrow streets lined with houses painted in electric blue. The small city at the foothills of the Riff Mountains dates back to the 1930s, when Jewish refugees from Europe came into the city and painted their houses blue. The current residents continue to uphold the look by regularly repainting the buildings to keep them blue.
Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho is a lush green corridor found in the heart of Porto Alegre, one of the busiest cities in Brazil. The Tipuana trees that line the avenue were planted in the 1930s. In fact, the street was even named a historical, cultural and environmental heritage of Porto Alegre in 2006.
Acorn Street, Boston, Massachusetts
The Acorn Street in Boston is very likely the most famous street in the USA, and for good reason too. Found in the Beacon Hill Neighborhood, it dates back to the 1820s. It’s a cobblestone alley flanked by classic redbrick row houses on one side and by enchanting gardens on the other. Catch it at its most charming on fall evenings when the colored leaves overhanging the street are illuminated with gas lamps.