Discover the Most Colourful Destinations in the World
Many are those who seek a colourful destination when planning their next getaway and it’s easy to understand why- who doesn’t love a place that instantly makes you happy?
The world is brimming with stunning, vividly-coloured spots, but we’ve narrowed it to our top 5 picks. Ready to get inspired?
Cinque Terre, Italy
Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare are the five charming fishing villages that comprise Cinque Terre in the sun-kissed region of Liguria in the North of Italy. Each with its own distinctive appeal, these villages are the definition of picturesque with their layers of pastel-coloured houses set in rugged coastal cliffs and surrounded by rolling hills. It is said that the houses were painted in these various pastel hues in order to help fishermen easily spot their houses from afar.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
By far Cape Town’s most eye-catching neighbourhood, Bo-Kaap greets its visitors with vibrant-coloured houses that line up its steeply cobbled streets. The history of this area goes back to 1760s when numerous rental houses were built and leased to slaves brought from Malaysia, Indonesia and the rest of Africa. While on lease, it was mandatory for the houses to be white but when the slaves could eventually buy their own property, bright colours immediately took over as a demonstration of freedom.
Tulip Fields, Holland
Embark on a trip to Holland during spring time and soak in the spectacular panorama of its endless rainbow-hued tulip fields. Don’t miss a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, known as the Garden of Europe, which boast approximately 7 million flower bulbs and cover an area of 32 hectares. If you’ll decide to visit another time of the year, the tulips may be gone but Amsterdam’s colourful architecture will certainly serve as a gorgeous replacement!
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
For many, Latin America conjures up images of colourful surroundings, patterns and people, and La Boca in Buenos Aires is no exception! This portside district particularly stands out from the rest due to its bright buildings made from scrap materials from shipyards and painted using leftover paint from immigrant ships. A walk through this barrio will truly be a reward to all your senses as its streets come alive with music, often accompanied by the various emotional tango performances.
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
No trip to the Danish capital is complete without a visit to its dazzling waterfront characterised by colourful houses, funky hangouts and of course, elegant sailing boats. However, interestingly enough, this area was not always as fabulous as we know it today; rather, back in the 17th and 18th centuries, these buildings were often frequented by sailors and their ladies!