Warning: you might feel green with envy when you see our list of the world’s most colorful cities. Drab isn’t fab in these perfectly painted places… they’re making us feel blue that we aren’t there right now.
Jodhpur and Jaipur, India
The state of Rajasthan has a lot of pretty towns and villages, with Jaipur and Jodhpur competing for the most colorful. Jodhpur homes are painted a heavenly blue to keep them cool in the hot desert sun. It’s a cool hue that pops against the sea of sand. Pink is perfectly pretty in Jaipur, which earned the moniker “the Pink City” in 1876 when Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the whole city to welcome the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria. Feel like royalty as you wander the Amer Fort, or stay in a regal residence at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Just a short vaporetto ride away from the bustle of Venice’s Piazza San Marco sits Burano, a quieter and even more vibrant little island. This little island is famous for two things: producing beautiful lace, and its buildings bursting with a major splash of color. Its bright colors can be seen even through the lagoon’s sometimes thick fog that drapes the Veneto in the cooler months.
Style and sophistication get a punch of pigment along the edge of the French Riviera. Make your way up Menton’s slope for lovely views that will give you some major joie de vivre.
The colorful crown jewel of the Colombian coast is the walled colonial Cartagena. Nothing beats salty air, sweet fruits of the sea and land, and summer-shaded buildings. Pops of turquoise and yellow are interrupted by lively bursts of fuchsia bougainvilleas tumbling down towards the cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage town.
Another Caribbean queen that hits the spot for relaxation and immersive culture and charm. Wander the rainbow-hued streets, and follow the sounds of the music to the plaza where the locals swirl and swoop to salsa all night long.
A golden glory of the Yucatan, Izamal is a small town with a big dose of color. Known as the “Yellow City,” Izamal is cheery and charming, and striking against the sapphire waves of the Caribbean.
Once the capital of Brazil from 1549 to 1763, the city of Salvador de Bahia’s Pelourinho district is a rainbow of cultures, colors, and capoeira. Preserved Renaissance-style buildings mix with sherbet pink, pastel yellow, and bright blue houses adorned with balconies and white stucco. It’s a candy coated land and we want to live in it.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
A multicultural area with a mosaic of color, Bo-Kaap was once home to Indians, Sri Lankans, Malaysians, and Indonesians. This historic area is one of the oldest in Cape Town with a mosque that dates back to 1794. Exploring Cape Town is the perfect city break before heading off on a safari adventure.
The weather may be cool, but the colors are warm and inviting in this northern city. Icelanders are warm and friendly people, and their cheery buildings certainly reflect their welcoming ways.
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