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 at my pick of the world’s most colourful places, prepare to be amazed and…who knows, it might even serve as inspiration for your next holiday!
The World’s Most Colourful Places
Valparaiso | Bo-Kaap | St. John’s | Chefchaouen
Burano | Havana | Willemstad | Cinque Terre
The wonderful harbour town of Valparaíso is considered the cultural capital of Chile and has gone from being one of Latin America’s most closely guarded secrets to suddenly being thrust into the world state 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. Keep your eyes peeled for street art in all sorts of places!
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is high on the to-do list of any world traveller eager to see the world and experience different cultures. But did you know that hidden somewhere in the city is an enchanting neighbourhood called Bo-Kaap? It’s a vibrant splash of colour right in the heart of the city, and if you ever find yourself in Cape Town then you should definitely take the time to wander through the narrow and steep alleyways to get a feel for the area yourself.
St. John’s, Canada
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? 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.
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 and vibrant countries around! It also has by far the bluest town in the world. Sheltered by the peaks of the Rif Mountains, the town is a
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. With houses painted in every colour of the rainbow, it’s fair to say that this truly is one of the world’s most colourful places!
A city that’s colourful in more way than one! Havana is a veritable melting pot of culture, making it a vibrant, living city that you just have to experience. Traditional Spanish Colonial buildings are painted in all sorts of shades and the beautiful vintage cars are all sorts of eye-catching colours. Really take the time not just to learn about the culture, but also the appreciate the fantastic wealth of architecture. The diverse cuisine and beautiful music is the cherry on top!
Any visitor to Willemstad will think they’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere! All along the harbour you’ll find houses that look like the spitting image of houses in the Netherlands – well, except maybe a bit more colourful. Dutch houses are hardly the first thing you’d associate with the Caribbean, but it makes it all the more charming – almost like someone placed a little gingerbread village in the wrong place! The distinctive architecture derives from Dutch colonists – in fact, the island of Curaçao is still a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands today.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Another Italian destination that I just had to mention! Cinque Terre is renowned for its beautiful, historic villages clinging to steep cliffs and rugged mountains. All of the houses are painted in beautiful pastel shades of pink, red and yellow, contrasting with the blue and green all around. You can see why people are drawn here – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a setting that’s more romantic than this!
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