If you’re looking for an interesting and unique place to travel to, consider a walk alongside one of the most famous walls in the world, which are inspiring and evocative.
Walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia – One of the best ways to explore the city walls of Dubrovnik is to tour the Old Town. This site is notable for being one of the toughest strongholds: this seaport town has never been successfully invaded. The walls are an astounding 6 meters thick and 25 meters high. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the town from the city’s cable car system and then enjoy a drink by the sea.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, India – Take a look at the amazing Kumbhalgarh Fort, which is the second largest man-made object in the world. At 36 km, it’s reportedly visible from space and is one of the most impenetrable fortresses ever constructed. The light and sound show brings the fort to life. Also visit the Palace of Rana Kumbha, referred to as the ‘Palace in the Clouds’ because it appears to just float in the clouds during monsoon months. Escape the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities and enjoy driving through tiny villages where farmers and herders go about their daily lives.
Great Wall of China – Surely the most famous of all the walls in the world? The Great Wall of China is probably the most famous and easily recognisable wall in the world. Its notoriety spans as great as the 5,000 km that it stretches. While visiting this ancient masterpiece, take time to visit the modern city of Beijing and enjoy its culture and food that are both unique to the area.
Essaouira Walls, Morocco – Although originally built in the 18th century by Sultan Mohammad III to protect the coastal area of his kingdom, the Essaouira walls are better known as the backdrop of Orson Wells’ Othello in the 1940′s. The beautiful view of the coast and the fact that it is only a half-day bus ride to Casablanca, make it a real must-see.
Hadrian’s Wall, UK – Built in 122 AD Hadrian’s Wall was constructed to map out the northernmost part of King Hadrian’s kingdom. Get to know both Scotland and the north of England better on a seven day hike along the 140km of Hadrian’s Wall. Close by, you can visit the Benwell Roman Temple and Houstead’s Fort. The mix of past Roman culture and the beauty of England’s countryside is enthralling.
Aurelian Walls, Italy – This great Italian wall was constructed in 270 AD. Spanning 19km, this 6.5 meter tall wall was built in just 5 years by Emperor Aurelius, the wall’s namesake. Although collapsing in areas, its historic age and beauty are still retained. Visit the Museo della Mura for more historical significance of the wall. Rome also is packed full of sites to visit including ancient structures, cultural food, and nightlife.
Berlin Wall, Germany – The Berlin Wall has been the epitome of political injustice for many decades. It was cased in barbed wire and patrolled by armed guards until its fall in 1989. Now, most of this 160 km wall has been destroyed. While visiting Berlin you can also take in much culture and history including the superb state museums and painstaking reconstructions of sixteenth century cathedrals.
By Julie Bowman