The color of a city’s architecture and the creativity of its people can turn a dull, boring, functional town into a thing of vibrant beauty.
Imagine that you are living in one of these beautiful, distinguished, colorful cities and towns, where at every turn and corner you are met with a marvelous explosion of color.
1. Brighton Beach — in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
This long stretch of safe, sandy bay swimming beaches includes Dendy Street beach, Middle Brighton and Brighton beaches. The area is famous for quaint colourful bathing boxes along the beach set against the spectacular Melbourne city skyline.
2. Burano, Veneto, Italy
Burano is a pretty island in the northern part of the Venetian lagoon. Famous for its lace-making and for its brightly-coloured fishermen’s houses, the island is a photographer’s paradise. A trip to Burano makes a great excursion or daytrip from Venice, when it can be combined with visits to the abandoned island of Torcello and its quiet neighbour Mazzorbo.
3. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
If color was a drug, the addicts would have fled to Old San Juan long ago. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is a marvelous mosaic of color in all directions, a city with a rich cultural heritage shared by the native Taino people and the descendents of European explorers. The buildings in Old San Juan are different from one step to the next, some warm and primary, others bright and pastel.
4. Jodhpur City, Rajasthan, India
A sea of bright blue houses is beautifully juxtaposed by the dry browns of the desert that surrounds it. Jodhpur is probably the only city in India that stands steadfastly to its tag of blue city. A stroll through the city streets lined with houses that reflect the clear blue skies will leave you refreshed and perhaps relieved from the overwhelming traffic and crowd.
5. The rainbow nation can be found in Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town
The city’s most colourful neighbourhood must be the Bo-Kaap. On either side of the district’s steep streets, in the shadow of Signal Hill, are two-storey houses painted in vivid colours – lime green, lemon yellow, sky blue and lipstick pink seem to be favourites. These are home to a uniquely diverse Muslim community, which has lived here for more than 300 years.
6. Júzcar, El Pueblo Pitufo
Executives from Sony Pictures were looking for one of the White Towns of Andalucía to be painted blue. At first the villagers were incredulous but the executives maintained that the publicity stunt, created to mark the opening of The Smurfs movie (Los Pitufos in Spanish) would make the village stand out.
7. Willemstad, Curacao’s colorful capital
A Curacao legend says that an early governor outlawed painting buildings white because the reflection of the sun gave him headaches.
Later it turned out he owned stock in the local paint company! Whatever the history, Curacao’s capital city of Willemstad has been named one of the ‘World’s Most Colorful Cities’ by Travel+Leisure, thanks to its colorful palette of mango-orange, guava-pink, papaya-yellow and avocado-green.
8. Valparaiso is Chile’s colorful cultural capital
Just 120 kilometers west on the Pacific Ocean, you find Chile’s cultural capital of Valparaiso, where color explodes along the rows of houses lining rows up the 45 rolling hills of this bohemian city. An alternative streak runs deep in this port city once populated by sailors and adventurers from around the world, most of whom settled here in the 19th century. Today this ingrained counter culture can be seen in the intelligent, creative street art tattooed on the already colorful houses.
9. Wroclaw, Poland
A polish city located in western Poland. It has a population of over 630,000 making it the fourth largest city in Poland.
10. Cinque Terre , Italy
The Cinque Terre National Park is a portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. Cinque Terre, meaning “The Five Lands” is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline with the villages and the surrounding hills are part of the Cinque Terre National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site