Color is what makes life exciting. When you see every hue of the rainbow displayed on the streets of a city you can’t help but feel cheerful. Warm, bright, exciting colors add so much joy to our daily lives. Walking down the street and seeing a brightly painted house can uplift even the darkest of spirits.
These cities don’t just have tons of colors in their streets, they have a liveliness to them that comes from their people, their food, and their culture. When you travel and see the world, memories of the colors that you see are going to stay with you for the rest of your life. So join us on a journey and let’s take a look at some of the world’s most colorful cities.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When you think of color surely Rio de Janerio comes to mind. From its annual Carnival festival filled with vibrant costumes to its colorful street art, it’s surely one of the most amazing cities in the world. When the Brazilian government decided to redecorate the city’s slums in 2010, the Dutch artists Haas and Hahn truly created a masterpiece along with the help of local youths.
Take a tour through Favela Santa Maria, a neighborhood in Rio’s South Zone and experience a sea of houses painted in a stunning rainbow of colors. Bright greens, yellows, and pinks create a truly unique and beautiful district located high above Rio.
Burano Island, Italy
Burano Island is an archipelago in the Venetian province of northern Italy made up of four individual islands. Burano is known for its small, brightly painted houses. The islands have streets lined with brilliantly colored buildings and canals running through them where gondolas glide by at all times of the day.
This picturesque setting is actually maintained by a government protocol where house-owners need to consult with the government before painting their homes. The houses can only be painted with a particular system of colors, a rule which originates from the time of development of the island.
The city of Nyhavn in Copenhagen dates back to the 17th century where it served as a gateway to the sea for Danish fisherman. This ancient city has rows of brightly painted townhouses that are reflected by the waterfront, making them look even more charming. The oldest house of the bunch dates all the way back to 1681.
Sprinkled amongst these colorful townhouses are a variety of bars, cafes, and restaurants, making the area a popular destination for tourists who come from across the globe. Also, the harbor front has many wooden boats docked, giving the place a truly historical feel.
Jodhpur is known as India’s Blue City due to the royal blue paint on many of the houses in the old quarters of the town. When the city’s foundations were laid in 1459, the city’s founder, Rao Jodha ordered that many of the houses were to be painted blue. Nobody is really sure why he chose the color blue, but some say it’s because blue is associated with the Brahmins, India’s priestly caste.
Regardless of the reason why they’re painted that way, the blue houses give the sun-kissed town a sense of calm and coolness. Head up to the Mehrangarh Fort, an ancient fortress built atop the city, where you can catch a stunning view of the sprawling Blue City.
Take a trip to the magical city of Izamal, a small town in southern Mexico that’s painted a sunny yellow hue. At the heart of this marigold, the town stands an enormous and impressive Franciscan monastery, built by Spanish colonists in 1561. The yellow-colored Convento de San Antonio de Padua has a well-manicured grass atrium, a calm and relaxing spot to visit.
Izmal’s narrow cobblestone streets are lined with historic colonial buildings making not only a beautiful town but also a city of cultural richness. Wander its mustard yellow colored historical streets and you’re sure to find that Izmal has plenty to see. Surely the city lives up to its title as a “Pueblo Magico.”
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
One of the most colorful places in the world is the capital of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s. This city dates back to 1400 and is one of the oldest cities in Canada. St. John’s has a rich culture and history, being one of North America’s oldest European settlements.
The city has a distinct architecture from the rest of Canada, with many of its buildings being remnants of the first British colonial capitals. Houses in St. John’s are typically painted in bright fun colors, and there’s even an entire stretch of the city called the Jellybean Row. Legend has it that every ship captain would assign a different candy color to his house, in order to be able to spot it from the sea.