Some cities entice the crowds with their thousands of years of history, others with their modern and impressive architecture. Whether it’s Rome, Shanghai or Dubai, every city is remarkable in its own right. It doesn’t matter if it’s a metropolis home to millions or a tiny village unknown by tourists – many places can attract people purely because of their uniqueness, and these places filled to the brim with colour are no exception. Take a look, prepare to be amazed and, who knows, it might even serve as inspiration for your next holiday!
The most colourful places in the world:
Colourful houses and graffiti galore in Valparaiso:
The wonderful habour town of Valparaiso is considered the cultural capital of Chile and has gone from being one of Latin America’s most closely guarded secrets to becoming a real tourist magnet after it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003. The colourful houses and mural-covered walls aren’t the only things that are drawing in people from all over the world – there’s also the historic town centre, the picturesque harbour, and last but not least the marvellous setting of the bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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Bo-Kaap – Cape Town’s more colourful side:
I’m sure you all know by now that there is heaps to do in the second city of South Africa, Cape Town. But did you know that hidden somewhere in the city is an enchanting neighboorhood called Bo-Kaap? It’s a vibrant splash of colour right in the heart of Cape Town, and if you ever find yourself in the city centre you should definitely take the time to wander through the narrow and steep alleyways to get a feel for the area yourself.
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St. John’s – a colourful Newfoundland harbour town
St. John’s is one of the most beautiful cities by far in Canada, but did you know it’s one of the oldest cities in North America that was founded by English colonizers? Located in the south of Newfoundland the town is absolutely charming with its well protected natural bay and many historic attractions. You’ll be able to admire the different coloured houses and soak up the unique island atmosphere when you meander through the streets of this enchanting town. With a little luck you might also be able to observe humpback whales and puffins in their natural habitat.
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Chefchaouen in Morocco – a town in blue
When you think of Morocco you’ll often think of exotic markets with countless spices, impressive mosques and tons of delicious food. This oriental country in the north west of Africa really does have something for everyone – and to add to that it can boast about being one of the most colourful countries! It also has by far the bluest town (not that kind of blue!) in the world. Just take a look at these fascinating pictures and you’ll see what I mean.
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Colourful Burano – a delightful island near Venice
This small, delightful island is located about 35 minutes away from Venice by boat and it’s wonderfully pretty. There are radiant, colourful houses everywhere you look and they’ll be guaranteed to look breathtaking come rain or shine! And when you arrive there is one thing you should never ever forget to bring: your camera. It’s simply a must-have here!
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Of course there are many more vibrant and unique places in the world such as the Cinque Terre in Italy or Willemstad on the island of Curacao, but I’d much rather introduce you to places you’ve probably never heard of before. Oh, and one more thing – which one of these colourful towns is your favourite? Have you already been to one of the most colourful places in the world? I look forward to hearing from you!