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List Of The Most Beautiful Old Quarters Around The World

"Make sure it's near the old quarter". Arguably one of the most common phrases when that time comes again to book a hostel online, or when you're tracing every corner of Lonely Planet's tiny grid maps on a rickety old bus headed for the city. And for good reason, too. Saturated with crumbling architecture, colonial squares and ancient churches/temples, all the most significant sites are often condensed into the city's picture-postcard old quarter. But which cities have the most beautiful old quarters around the world, I hear you ask? Well, subjective as it may be, are highlighting our favorites, all the way from Hanoi to Havana. So feel free to judge, critique or even add your own old quarter to the list because, quite simply, there are thousands and I don't have the time to crawl the world in one blog post.

Casco Viejo, Panama City

Casco Viejo Panama City

Santo Domingo Church - Casco Viejo (old quarter), Panama City, Panama

Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Stone town Zanzibar

Listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2000, Stone Town, Zanzibar City has a multiplicity of old, colonial lanes and buildings.

Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi old quarter

Hanoi's old quarter moves at a dizzying pace.

Hanoi hairdressers

Many conventional activities take to Hanoi's atmospheric, bustling streets.

Porto, Portugal

Porto rooftops

Porto's terracotta rooftops make for a breath-taking view over the city's old quarter.

Porto Portugal

Traditional multicolored houses of Porto, Portugal.

Hutong, Beijing, China

Hutong, Beijing

Located in the middle of Beijing's mega metropolis, Hutong proudly presents a more traditional, ancient China.

Old Havana, Havana, Cuba

Old Havana Cuba

Even old-world Cuba has an old quarter. Vintage car in a crumbling street, Old Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba

Street scene with vintage car and worn out buildings in Havana, Cuba.

Medina of Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech Medina

Moroccan woman in djellaba walking in Marrakesh's Medina (historic center).

Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh old town

Edinburgh, Scotland's lively capital, boasts a charming, cosy old historic center.

Historic center of Malacca City, Malaysia

Malacca, Malaysia

Christ Church in Malacca's Unesco inscribed historical city center.

Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

Old City Jerusalem

As one of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem contains a 0.9 square kilometers walled area that is home to many sites of key religious importance.

Quito Old Town, Ecuador

Quito old town

Quito viewpoint overlooking Quito old town and El Panecillo hill.

Quito old town, Ecuador

Row of historic colonial buildings in Quito old town, Ecuador.

Fort Cochin, Cochin, India

Fort Cochin, India

Santa Cruz Basilica in the colonial Fort Cochin, Kerala, India.

Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy

Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy

Fountain in the square of the old Jewish ghetto of Venice in Italy.