Did You Know?
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?
Yes, there do exist such 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. We bet you can't help but go awestruck every time you land in one! Check out the list below.
World's Most Vibrant Cities
Cinque Terre, Italy
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre in Italy is a collection of five villages namely, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, that are situated on a mountain by the seaside. In fact, Cinque Terre in Italian means 'The Five Lands'.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.
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old city of San Juan, which is also the capital of Puerto Rico displays an amazing mosaic of colors all around the city along with some vibrant nightlife. 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.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Covered in an amazing blend of lime greens, yellows, blues, oranges, and pinks, this small hub in Cape Town in South Africa is located on Signal Hill. It is also known for its romantic cobble-stoned streets. 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.
Burano Island, Italy
This Venetian island in Italy is known for two things―lacework and brightly-colored houses along canals and streets. Imagine sailing through them in boats. Fun, isn't it? 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!
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
One of the most popular attractions of Argentina, La Boca is a neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It is known for its vibrant street art and colorful houses, and also the world-famous football club Boca Juniors. 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.
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Located in the western state of Rajasthan in India, this "Blue City" is a popular tourist destination, consisting of many temples, forts, palaces, rich culture, and of course, sand dunes and a desert that is a little away from the city. It is called Blue City because of the blue-colored houses that surround the famous Mehrangarh Fort.
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!
One of the largest cities of Poland, Wroclaw has had a fair share of its turbulent past. Apart from the rich architecture, it is also known for its magnificently colorful houses that adds a new liveliness to the city, making it the most attractive parts of the city. 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.
St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
St. Johns, located on the island of Newfoundland in Canada, is undoubtedly the most colorful city there. 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.
Popular as the best city for solo travel, Amsterdam in Netherlands is undoubtedly the most beautiful and colorful cities that has been there since the Middle Ages. 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.
Guanajuato is the most colorful city in Mexico. Now a World Heritage Site, it has also been a provider of the world's 30% silver for about 250 years because of the silver mines present there. Apart from this, it is also known for its colonial architecture and colorful houses and buildings that are spread across the whole city.
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
This 17th century district in Copenhagen Denmark is host to some colorful facades of old houses and buildings that were built with wood, bricks, and plaster, and it spans a large area of the city. It is also famous for harbor-facing bars and restaurants that offer a cozy and warm atmosphere.
This tiny island in Italy is filled with candy-colored houses, mostly orange and yellows, that provide an excellent backdrop against the bright blue Mediterranean Sea. 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 capital city of Sweden, Stockholm, is a combination of bright and terracotta-colored buildings that are surrounded by blue water below and a blue sky above. Not to forget the white snow in winter! Isn't it an amazing blend of colors? Make sure you don't miss out on this colorful place.
Also known as "The Little Venice", Colmar is a beautiful little town in France with a number of canals surrounded by vibrant houses. You can't help but notice this colorful architecture here. 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.
Willemstad, Curacao, Caribbean
This Dutch-influenced city is located in the southern Caribbean, and is also the capital of Curacao. The most attractive feature of this city is the colorful houses that are situated along the harbor. 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! And if you've already been to one, do let us know about your experience in our comments section.