10 Island Cities You Should Know About

I guess we all dream about islands all day long: secluded, beautiful places, serenity, peace and quiet and most importantly the ability to shout all day long and party all night without disturbing anyone. Well, the islands listed below were once uninhabited, but after being settled became so heavily urbanized that the built-up areas eventually took over the entire island.

I’m not sure what’s allowed and what not on these islands, so do be careful if you travel down there. Otherwise, feel free to take a trip and tell us all about it!

10. Lindau

The historic city Lindau is located near the meeting point of the Austrian, German and Swiss borders in the eastern part of Lake Constance (Bodensee). The city is connected with the mainland by bridge and railway and has about 3,000 inhabitants. Full of medieval and half-timbered buildings, the island city is quite a popular tourist attraction. Trust me. I’ve been there.

9. Santa Cruz del Islote

Located off the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Santa Cruz del Islote is unofficially the world’s most crowded island. It has some 90 houses and a population of around 1200 people crammed on an island of about 1 hectare. The islanders bury their dead in a nearby island because there is no space for a cemetery. That sounds a bit creepy, to be honest1

8. Isola dei Pescatori

Isola dei Pescatori is the most northerly of the three principal Borromean Islands in Lago Maggiore. With a population of about 50, it is the only one island to be inhabited all year round. A narrow street running along its spine is joined by cobbled alleys to the promenade which encircles the island. The promenade is frequently flooded and the houses built against it are constructed to allow for this.

7. Mexcaltitan

Mexcaltitán is a small man-made island city off the Pacific coast of Mexico. The town sits low in the marshy, mangrove-lined channels that surround it, and during the June to October rainy season, water floods the streets and everyone rows from place to place in boats. Some experts believe that Mexcaltitán may actually be the legendary Aztlán, the ancestral homeland of the Aztec people.

6. Trogir

Located close to the city of Split, Trogir is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Tiny medieval streets wind through the enchanting island city revealing hidden restaurants and eye-catching galleries. A wide seaside promenade snakes around the town, culminating in a charming port full of sailboats.

5. Nesebar

Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, Nesebar is a rich island city defined by more than three millennia of ever-changing history. The ancient part of the town is situated on a island connected to the mainland by a narrow man-made causeway, and it bears evidence of occupation by a variety of different civilizations over the course of its existence.

4. Flores

Flores is a located on Lake Petén Itzá and connected to land by a causeway, on the other side of which lie the twin towns Santa Elena and San Benito. It was here, on the island of Flores, that the last independent Maya state held out against the Spanish conquerors. Their city, Noh Petén was eventually destroyed in 1697 when the Spanish attacked by boats.

3. Malé

Malé is the capital and most populous city in the Maldives. Over 100,000 people are crammed onto the small island. Since there is no surrounding countryside, all infrastructure has to be located in the city itself. Water is provided from desalinated ground water while electric power is generated in the city using diesel generators.

2. Manhattan

Manhattan is one of New York’s five boroughs and is what people most often think of when they picture New York City. Manhattan is actually a city island and includes most of the best known attractions in New York. The word “Manhattan” comes from the Lenape who inhabited the area before the Europeans and is translated as “island of many hills”.

1. Venice

World famous for its canals, Venice is built on an archipelago of 117 islands which are connected by 455 bridges. In the old center, the canals serve the function of roads, and almost every form of transport is on water or on foot. The island city is slowly sinking however and during the high tides in autumn and winter, the Piazza San Marco, the lowest area of the island, becomes totally flooded with water.

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