This summer you can discover these 10 car-free destinations

This small island in the Adriatic, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, dates back to Hellenistic times (323-33 BCE), has both Roman and Baroque architecture. Located one hour west of Split (accessible by bus, taxi or water taxi), Trogir has a picturesque, cobbled old town with perfectly preserved medieval buildings. The most magnificent of these is without a doubt the Saint-Laurent Cathedral, which dates from the 13th.and century with its 45 meter high bell tower, three ships and stone portal that has intricate carvings of naked Adam and Eve.

A short but dazzling beachfront is filled with palm trees, fish restaurants and cafes. Local guide Dino Ivančić jokes: “I can not follow them all. They are like mushrooms that come out after the rain ”. Several music festivals take place there during the summer.

To experience the sunny Adriatic beaches for which Croatia is famous all over the world, a quick walk across a pedestrian bridge will take you to Čiovo.

Little Corn Island, a piece of land that was once frequented by pirates, looks like a lost tropical paradise. Maybe it’s because getting there requires flying to Great Corn Island, about 80 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, and then taking a 13 mile boat ride through the Caribbean.

Although tourism is the main activity in Little Corn, there are no crowds, even in high season. Take a walk under mango trees, breadfruit trees and coconut trees on this 2.5 km large island. You can also sink into a hammock on the palm-shaded beaches. If the heights do not scare you, climb the vertical metal ladder to the top of the Little Corn Lighthouse, a lightless tower that offers impressive views of the island and its colorful sunsets.

Hiking and riding trails lead into the jungle and go along the coast. The idyllic waters around Little Corn can be explored with paddleboard, kayak or Miskito, a type of primitive wooden sailboat named after the natives who created them.

A ten-minute sea shuttle ride from the Côte d’Azur will take nature and history lovers to Porquerolles, the most visited of the Hyères Islands. You can explore its pristine stretches of sand, limestone cliffs and lush greenery thanks to hiking and biking trails that cross this small island, of which Port-Cros National Park represents 80% of the area. Its beaches, including Notre Dame, are accessible by ferry, on foot or using the many electric bikes available for rent.

Visit the gardens and several historic fortresses, including Fort Sainte-Agathe, which dates from the 14th.and century. In Villa Carmignac, a Provencal farmhouse converted into a museum, almost 2,000 square meters have been converted into exhibition spaces dedicated to contemporary art.

The largest village, founded in the 19thand century, is home to most of the 22 restaurants and several shops on the island. There are dozens of accommodation options, such as boutique hotels or villas, but also houseboats. In summer, these sublime countries attract thousands of visitors every day: spring and early autumn are therefore the best times to come and discover this little paradise in Provence.

Wildlife, kayaking and hiking enthusiasts can experience a crowd-free, car-free wilderness in California’s Channel Islands National Park. Five of these eight small islands off Santa Barbara are accessible by plane or private boat or by ferries sailing several times a week in high season. The trip across the Pacific Ocean can take between one and four hours. On arrival, you must bring your own water, but also a tent if you wish to stay on site.

This destination’s isolation and unique blend of warm and cold seawater help nurture its biodiversity, both on land and at sea. In the depths of the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Anacapa, divers will be able to spot giant black bass and California moraines amidst seaweed forests and ocean caves. You can also drive on memorable hiking trails: for example, flat terrain leading to the Water Canyon beach on Santa Rosa Island, and an exhausting 26-mile route on the foggy San Miguel Island, which is hard to reach, which is best done with a guide.

Bird watchers come to these islands to see Audubon’s gulls, Brandt’s cormorants, Scripps’ guillemots and the only breeding population of California brown pelicans on the west coast.

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