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Go ‘car-free’: escape screeching brakes and honking horns.

Sometimes modern life just gets too much and it’s time to take a break, escape the daily hubbub and leave our work gadgets behind. For some that means locking the computer firmly in the cupboard, for others switching off the mobile phone and for many it’s just heaven to park the car and escape the hassles of driving and sitting out traffic jams. We’ve scanned the web and chosen the following traffic-free destinations where you can pedal, paddle, stroll or climb and forget about looking left and right before crossing the road.

Hydra, Greece. Just over two hours from Athens by hydrofoil, the car-free island of Hydra offers visitors the quintessential Greek island escape, reports Bing Travel, although it’s an island of rocky shores not golden beaches. There are no cars as there are no roads as such, just cobbled streets where donkeys are used for a more relaxing form of transport, or water taxis for the faint-hearted. Wander the harbour area, a labyrinth of traditional houses, shops and eateries, swim off the rocks or follow the winding paths away from the busy waterfront to explore the island.

Mont St. Michel. Closer to home Mont St. Michel is a small UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off France’s northwest Normandy coast. First used as a military stronghold, it is best known as the site of the beautiful Romanesque 11th century Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, an important destination for Catholic pilgrims.The only way around Mont St Michel is on foot, and like thousands of pilgrims before you, you must climb to the top. Best avoided in summer, now is an ideal time of the year to visit. Although the Grand Rue at the base is touristy and packed with souvenir shops you leave the tourists behind as you climb and there are numerous gardens where you can rest and enjoy the view.

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