This summer, discover these 10 destinations without a car

This small Adriatic island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to Hellenistic times (323-33 BC), features 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 Cathedral of Saint-Laurent, which dates from the 13thi century, with its 45-meter-high bell tower, three naves and a stone portal featuring intricate carvings of Adam and Eve naked.

A short but dazzling beach is surrounded by palm trees, seafood restaurants and cafes. Local guide Dino Ivančić jokes: “I can’t follow them all. They are like mushrooms, which come out after the rain ”. Various music festivals take place during the summer.

To enjoy the sunny beaches of the Adriatic, 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 formerly frequented by pirates, seems 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 across the Caribbean.

Although tourism is the main activity in Little Corn, there are no crowds, even in high season. Walk under the mangoes, breadfruit and coconut trees of this 2.5 km island. You can also immerse yourself in a hammock on the beaches with palm trees. If the heights don’t scare you, go up the vertical metal staircase to the top of Little Corn Lighthouse, a lightless tower that offers stunning views of the island and its colorful sunsets.

Hiking and horseback riding trails lead to the jungle and 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 voyage 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 vegetation thanks to the hiking trails and bike lanes that run through this small island, of which the Port-Cros National Park accounts for 80% of the surface. Its beaches, including Notre Dame, are accessible by ferry, on foot or by the many electric bicycles that can be rented.

Visit the gardens and several historic fortresses, such as the 14th-century Fort Sainte-Agathei century. In Villa Carmignac, a Provencal farmhouse transformed into a museum, almost 2,000 square meters have been transformed into exhibition halls dedicated to contemporary art.

The main village, founded in 19i century, it houses most of the twenty-two restaurants and various shops on the island. There are dozens of accommodation options, such as boutique hotels or villas, but also houseboats. In summer, these sublime lands attract thousands of visitors every day: spring and the beginning of autumn are, therefore, the best times to come and discover this little paradise of Provence.

Wildlife, kayaking and hiking enthusiasts can enjoy a wild landscape with no crowds and no cars in the California Channel Islands National Park. Five of these eight small islands in Santa Barbara are accessible by private jet or boat, or by ferries that run several times a week in high season. The journey across the Pacific can take between one and four hours. Upon arrival, you will need to bring your own water, but also a tent if you wish to stay at the property.

The isolation of this destination and the unique mix of warm and cold ocean waters help to nourish 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 observe the giant black bass and California. moraines between algae forests and sea caves. You can also take memorable hiking trails — for example, flat terrain that leads to Water Canyon Beach on Santa Rosa Island and a grueling 26-mile route in the foggy, hard-to-reach San Miguel Island. which is best done with a guide.

Birdwatchers come to these islands to see Audubon’s gulls, Brandt’s crows, Scripps’ guillemots, and the only California brown pelican breeding population on the west coast.

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