We’re not blessed with the best weather in the UK – a constant reminder we live on an island surrounded on all sides by water. But despite this, we are certainly not the most water-focussed of countries. In many other territories, water is a much more integral part of people’s day-to-day lives. Some even live on the stuff! Of course when it comes to a city on water, Venice will immediately spring to most people’s minds – especially the romantic image of gondolas and their accompanying gondoliers. If you thought Britain was tightly packed for an island, wait until you see Santa Cruz del Islote in Columbia. A tiny 0.46 square miles, it has a population of 1,200 and is (unofficially) the world’s most crowded island. Viewers of Top Gear may find the next water-based dwelling familiar, as the show included an area of Halong Bay in its Vietnam special. As its name suggests, Halong Bay floating village is a village (or, more accurately, a collection of villages) which float on the water. Almost 1,000 residents are said to reside there. Naarden in the Netherlands is a captivating water-based dwelling, especially when viewed from above where it looks like a star or snowflake. The star fort is completely fortified and includes a moat. It was officially made a city back in 1300. Then of course there is the city of Atlantis. Whilst many doubt its existence, the legendary philosopher Plato did write of an highly advanced society, and news stories have often emerged of people ‘discovering’ what they believe to be the fabled lost city. With much of the Earth’s surface being covered by water, it should come as no real surprise that many cities have not only been built around, or near water, but on the water too. What’s more, with space becoming a premium on land, some ingenious ideas have come to the surface. For example in Seoul, South Korea, a number of man-made floating islands have been created to make the most of the water, with the islands featuring indoor space for festivals and exhibitions, terraces and other entertainment.