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You might recognize the town of Juzcar in Spain from the Hollywood movie, Smurfs. It was a whitewashed town until it was painted Smurf-blue for its promotion in 2011. Looking at the increasing number of tourists, the locals refused the production house who had offered to re-paint the town.
Imagine a city or the whole world in just one color, say white or gray. Wouldn't it be boring to see everything in just white or gray? Everything would seem dull and monotonous. That is the reason why all of us need some color in life so that you can lead a colorful life.
Colors are beautiful and they are present wherever you look. They make our life lively and of course, colorful. Have you ever imagined living in city that is filled with charming and stunning colors? Imagine walking through a street with rainbow-colored houses and buildings on both sides of the road. Quite a treat to the eyes, isn't it?
There do exist colorful cities in the world. And the people living there do know how to turn a dull city into a vibrant beauty. Some of them are a result of ancient tradition and others as modern-day beautification. So, join us on the journey as we explore all the colorful places on this planet. You won't help but go awestruck every time you land in one!
World's Most Vibrant Cities
The city looks as if someone has painted it in beautiful pastel colors. The 'oh, so blue' water of the ocean and different colors of boats by the harbor and houses gives this city a completely different and fresh feel.
Even the streets of this city are blue in color because the blue bricks were shipped over from Spain during the 16th century. You'll also notice that no two shades are repeated in this neighborhood. The city's original name was Puerto Rico, but the name was changed to San Juan by a confused cartographer.
It was earlier known as Malay Quarter because of a group of Southeast Asian and Muslim immigrants who settled there and painted their houses in different colors to celebrate the end of racial discrimination.
However, there is a protocol maintained by the government that is to be followed before anyone wants to get their house or buildings painted. They are supposed to send a request to the authorities, which in turn assign an appropriate color for them from the available colors. So much for a colorful house!
This neighborhood was constructed using scrap materials from a shipyard nearby along with the leftover paints, that resulted in this visual treat. This street art and colorful houses are spread across the city of Buenos Aires as well.
It is said that the trend was started by the royalty who painted their houses in royal blue color so that they could be distinguished from the common people in Jodhpur. Soon enough, it was followed by the locals too.
If others are to be asked about the theory behind it, some would say that it is to keep the insides of the houses calm and cool, while others would say that it was to ward off the mosquitoes. Whatever the reason may be, this city is definitely not one to be missed out on!
It is a city with a blend of all the colors, bright and pastel both. It is dotted with a number of classic bridges, restaurants, and cafes. Do not miss out on this whenever you happen to be in this part of the planet.
The Jellybean row sports a vibrant array of colors and were painted in such a way that the ship captains could easily spot their houses from the sea. A bright color of their choice was assigned for their homes, which resulted in a polychromatic row of houses.
Complimenting the wonderful colors of the buildings is the medieval architecture that gives it a classic look. Moreover, the lively nightlife there will make sure your visit to this place is even more colorful and fun.
Apart from this, it is also known for its colonial architecture and colorful houses and buildings that are spread across the whole city.
The waterfront is backed by the colorful houses that makes it the most beautiful spot on the island. It seems as though someone has dug out the whole paintbox to create this soulful blend of bright and pastel-hued dwellings.
The brightly-colored homes, waterfront, and cheery flowers along the canals give this town a fairytale-like setting. It is a lovely place for photography lovers as well as ones who love to explore.
The theory behind the colorful houses is that the then governor used to suffer from severe migraines because of the reflection of the sun off the whitewashed walls. Therefore, he ordered the walls of the city to be painted in different colors. Don't know if that helped him with the migraine or not!
Hope these colorful houses have inspired you to paint the walls of your houses or buildings too, or to pack your bags and go wandering into these colorful cities!