Top 20 Most Colorful Places in the World

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Our obsession with technology can be a bit of an issue, especially when we’re traveling. We are often so busy trying to capture the whole experience that we have our eyes glued to our phones, following the maps, updating Instagram and checking Trip Advisor for where we should eat lunch. Inevitably, you miss out on quite a few awesome things like badass graffiti, cool store facades, or adorable puppies. Ready to snap out of your tech addiction with some serious color therapy from around the world. From zebra-striped mountains in China to candy-colored coasts in Canada, these are 20 of the most colorful places in the world that will are a remind you to look up from your phone for a change.

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1. Via Galuppi, Burano, Italy

Venice usually gets all the fame for being romantic and scenic, but the tiny island of Burano has some serious photogenic treasures. History has it that the technicolor houses were painted to distinguish one family’s property from another during fog season. (via Italy Magazine)

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2. Rua Luis de Camões, Águeda, Portugal

Portugal is famous for scorching heat during the summer. can border on unbearable. The annual Umbrella Sky Project has it covered- literally- with hundred of umbrellas suspended on cables across several blocks. Start planning your trip to Portugal now: the 2015 installment is set to launch in July. (via Silvana Regina Ferreira)

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3. Rue Targui, Chefchaouen, Morocco

The Blue City of Morocco is so remote that it has remained closed off to the rest of the world for almost half a millennium. Why is it so blue? The aqua paint was said to to ward off mosquitoes but even if it doesn’t, you’ll definitely get some killer photo ops. (via Avax News)

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4. Balat Istanbul

Once Istanbul’s old Jewish quarter, Balat used to be Istanbul’s old Jewish quarter, but the neighbourhood has become more diverse over time. It’s easy to spend a few hours wandering, through the old architecture, admiring the dilapidated yellow and pink buildings decorating with billowing red or green curtains, all against the cerulean sky. (via The Distant Ships)

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5. Rio de Janeiro 

Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods all around the world. In 2010, they turned a favela in Rio de Janeiro into a giant canvas. Enlisting the help of the local youth, they converted the homes of Favela Santa Maria into a rainbow of colorful rays. (via Viator)

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6. Vernazza, Italy

Every photo you take will look like a postcard. Pastel pink, lemon yellow, and sea green façades dot the coastline of Vernazza and the four other scenic waterfront villages that make up Cinque Terre. (via Kleberly)

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7. Jodhpur, India

A long time ago, Brahmin families painted their homes blue, a royal color, to distinguish themselves from the commoners. But soon, everyone else followed suit, to result in one royally blue city. (via David with a Movie Camera)

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8. St. John’s, Newfoundland

This colorful stretch is called Jellybean Row; back in the day ship captains would assign their homes a distinct candy color to make them easier to spot from the sea. (via Destination St. John’s)

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9. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

You won’t find the same two shades ever repeated in this seven-block neighborhood. Palm trees add a decidedly Caribbean element to the charming old-world European architecture, which hosts some of San Juan’s finest restaurants and, naturally, a vibrant night life. (via Pedro Lastra)

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10. La Boca, Buenos Aires

Almost every color in the paint box seems to have been used in this section of La Boca. The neighborhood was built with scrap materials from nearby shipyards, including leftover paints found by residents to create this visual treat. (via Minnesota Prairie Roots)

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11. Procida, Italy

This tiny island is stacked with candy-colored homes displayed against the brilliant blue backdrop of the Mediterranean. (via Francesco Riccardo)

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12. Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, China

The striped, technicolor mountains in China look more like something out of a Dr. Seuss book then an actual place. The stripes come from layers of mineral and sandstone to create the very cool zebra effect. (via CJ Who)

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13. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Utrecht is an ancient city with many of its buildings are going back to the early Middle Ages. Everything here has been given a colorful update and the Netherlands is one of the best countries for solo travel if you’re thinking of venturing out on your own. (via Scoopers)

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14. Santorini, Greece

This little island off Greece’s southeastern coast is famous for its blue-roofed, whitewashed architecture, killer sunsets, and of course the amazing Greek food. (via Paow Magazine)

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15. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Africa

Bo-Kaap was one of the original hubs of Malay culture and today it’s one of the trendiest, most expensive neighborhoods with lots of restaurants and wine bars. (via Friendly Rentals)

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16. San Francisco, California, USA

If you’ve always dreamed of living in a bubble gum pink Victorian house, San Francisco is your best bet to make it happen. The Painted Ladies are one of the most recognizable works of color in the city, but bright colors can be found anywhere throughout the city. (via Designing Disney)

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17. Stockholm, Sweden

The vibrant modern capital city is a collage of orange terracotta-coloured buildings shining between blue water and bluer skies all summer and then covered with snow and dotted with lights in winter. (via Chamber Trade)

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18. Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia

Exactly 82 brightly colored bathing boxes line the perfect white sand at Brighton Beach. They were originally built so Victorian women could slip into their bathing costumes and race to the water discretely. But now they are the perfect backdrop to model that new swimsuit. (via Anh Dinh)

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19. Reykjavik, Iceland

You’ll want to get a bird’s eye view to take full advantage of all the colorful roofs. Reykjavik is like a rainbow in the steel blue skies of Iceland. The city lies on the coast with colorful buildings set against the blue sea.

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20. Hong Kong

A colorful city doesn’t just have to be painted houses against a blue sky. During the day, Hong Kong is just an ordinary city, but at night, it lights up like a Christmas tree. The glittering lights reflected by the tall glass towers and the horde of pink and yellow neon signs add an expanse of glitter. (via In the World)

Have you been to any of these places? Any other colorful spots you think need to be added to the list? 

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Story by World of Wanderlust contributor Kate Thorn.




    kavas kapadia

    December 27, 2015

    Lovely collection.
    But if the picture of Vernazza is not correct then which town is it..?


    kavas kapadia

    December 27, 2015

    If not Vernazza then which place is it



    October 24, 2015

    I have to correct you….
    #8 in St. John’s Newfoundland. That photo is not of Jellybean Row. It’s a photo of The Battery.


    Dora Christofi

    July 8, 2015

    Love them all! I’ve been to Milos in Greece and it’s indeed a colorful island! You might want to add that too! Check my post on my site about the island and see photos



    June 11, 2015

    So many beautiful places to travel, visit and fall in love with!


    Mrs Globalicious

    June 10, 2015

    WOW!! I`m ABSOLUTELY flashed by your pictures…!! Sorry, I have to pack my bags and go to those beautiful places…


    Mrs Globalicious


    Backpack Babe

    June 10, 2015

    I remember hiking through the Cinque Terre in Italy and I just loved how they painted every house a different colorful! So beautiful!

    But WOW, seeing that picture of Morocco makes me wants to go there even more now! lol



    June 9, 2015

    Ah, true, but Manarola is only just round the coast from Vernazza … and Vernazza is every bit as gorgeous.



    June 8, 2015

    Have been to amsterdam and want to go to a few of these places.. Istanbul and jodphur for two 😉


    Anja Ben

    June 6, 2015

    I’d add Rovinj, Croatia to this cheerful list! With its colorful houses and fishermens boats in the port, this town is a dream! 🙂


    Saakshi Kumar

    June 6, 2015

    I am so glad that I have visited at least one of these cities. :’) (Jhodpur, India) .
    The pictures are…well, colorful. 🙂
    loved it.


    Alisha Paul

    June 5, 2015

    I’m to learn I haven’t been to any of these spots yet, however they all look so wonderful so I’m certainly adding some more to my pail list!



    June 5, 2015

    I live in Newfoundland and it was so exciting to see it mentioned on my favourite travel blog!! Also so excited to check San Francisco off my list this summer!



    June 4, 2015

    Wonderful! When the first time I click this blog I completely fall in love with how wonderful each place was. And I really hope can add all of these to the list if I can. Whatever, I’m especially interested in colors in Jodhpur, India – a stunningly colorful city!
    BTW, so lucky and happy to see your photos!



    June 4, 2015

    Beautiful pictures, but that’s not Vernazza!


    Heather @ Now Boarding All Groups

    June 3, 2015

    These photos are stunning! I’ve only been to 4 on this list, but now they are all on my bucket list! I actually just visited Old San Juan this past weekend and it is perhaps one of the most photogenic cities I’ve been to. So many great photos to be taken!


    Stephanie Rogers

    June 3, 2015

    Such a beautiful post! Looking forward to crossing off Santorini next year and Jodhpur this year!



    June 2, 2015

    THIS IS BEA-UTIFUL!!! I havent had time to travel but these will be at my top of my wish list really…thank you for these…



    June 2, 2015

    I’m sorry to say I haven’t been to any of these places yet, but they all look so beautiful so I’m definitely adding some more to my bucket list! Another beautiful colourful place I’ve been to is Bermuda. It looks a lot like the photo of San Juan 🙂


    Dannielle Lily

    June 1, 2015

    Too beautiful



    June 1, 2015

    Good list there is plenty I haven’t seen. Been to Rio & Buenos Aires.



    June 1, 2015

    These look stunning! I really need to tick more of these off of my list, seems like Italy is especially bright 🙂

    Sweden is a must as well, and San Francisco is already in my heart. Loved this post, great for gathering travel inspiration 😀




    June 1, 2015

    13 : Amsterdam and Utrect are 2 different cities..



    May 31, 2015

    Brings to mind a small village in India we had visited. Every single house was painted pink. Not really multi-coloured, but coloured in pink! How cute!



    May 31, 2015

    What a great blog post! Colours make the cities more friendly to visitors. I was also impressed by the Norwegian city, called Bergen. It’s all about colours too 🙂


    bursa kuru igneleme

    May 30, 2015

    Istanbul is a great city and i like it alot.


    Alisha Paul

    May 30, 2015

    My beautiful India on the list! My town, in all time it’s full of colour. Wow, beatiful places! want to visit every one of them!



    May 30, 2015

    The blue city of Morocco is on my top 5 list!



    May 30, 2015

    So pretty <3

    PS: I have a blog – eeeep!
    Please check it out lovelies xxxx


    Stefan Rau

    May 30, 2015

    Barrio Reus in Montevideo is very colourful, though uruguay too much offside and unknown to great public. I recommend to go there. Just a jump away from buenos aires.



    May 30, 2015

    I’d add Guanajuato to this list. Some of Tallinn old town’s streets can be colourful too.



    May 30, 2015

    I haven’t been to any of these! Gotta catch up!



    May 30, 2015

    Wow, wat an amazing, beautiful places! The only place I’ve ever been to is Amsterdam… Not so hard, because I live in the Netherlands… I’ll put some of these places on my travel wishlist!!



    May 30, 2015

    I pretty much pinned this whole list. There is so much on my must-see list here.



    Eunice Musuamba

    May 30, 2015

    I was scrolling down, hoping to see Bo-kaap and I did!
    Beautiful article hey!



    May 30, 2015

    Hey Brooke…
    Great post… Just so you know, thats not vernazza in your photo, its manorola!



    May 30, 2015

    Oh wow I’ve never even heard of some of these places before! Looks so beautiful 🙂
    XO Janina



    May 30, 2015

    Hey! Thank you for this post, all the pictures look fantastic!

    I’ve only been to 4 of the destinations you mentioned but they all look great.

    I’d just say that Hong Kong is not just colourful at night. It is one of the most vibrant cities I’ve been to. There are so many people around from all parts of China but also lots of foreigners and expats.

    Life there is colourful and chaotic.
    The harbour is really pretty at night but there is so much more to Hong Kong than that.

    – Hong Kong is like a slap in the face – some people love it and others hate it.

    For a more Westernised city in Asia, I would definitely recommend Singapore.

    – In fact Singapore’s river and Clarke Quay, the main entertainment district, is equally colourful

    And of course, the food there is great both in Singapore and in Hong Kong.

    Hope this helps,



    May 29, 2015

    Another suggestion: the town of Valparaíso, Chile would fit right into this list with its colored houses and mosaics in the streets!



    May 29, 2015

    I thought Cartagena might have made your list!



    May 29, 2015

    More places to add to my never-ending list of places to visit! The pictures are amazing – especially the Blue City of Morocco!

    x Min,



    May 29, 2015

    Wow beautiful pictures, I hope when I travel I find some special places like this. What camera did you use?



    May 29, 2015




    May 29, 2015

    Beautiful pictures! Their all so stunning 🙂



    May 29, 2015

    My beautiful Portugal on the list! My town, in August it’s full of colour 😀



    May 29, 2015

    wow, beatiful places! want to visit every one of them!


    Minh Nguyen

    May 29, 2015

    Great photos! I’d love to add one more to the list. It’s Busan, South Korea – a stunningly colourful city!


    Kozue @ Tokyo Direct Diary

    May 29, 2015

    Thank you so much for an artistic post, Kate!!
    When I traveled in foreign countries, I felt that colors depend on the place in the world – For example, “blue” in one country is different from that in another. I’m especially interested in colors in Greece.
    So happy to see your photos!!




    May 29, 2015

    Woderful pictures! And of course we like that you included our hometown Stockholm! 🙂



    May 29, 2015

    Wonderful! Color choices show so much personality. I guess dull people just can’t live in places with so many colors 🙂



    May 29, 2015

    I’ve been to Burano, Italy & Amsterdam and absolutely fell in love with how colorful each place was.

    I’m also ticking off Bo Kaap from the list very soon, as I leave for South Africa on Sunday!

    I’m dying to visit so many of the places listed, but especially Reykjavik, Iceland and Chefchaouen, Morrocco. I’m actually moving to London in September and plan on traveling as much as possible, and those two places are DEFINITELY on my list!

    Great post!

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