What determines the beauty of a city? Factors such as architectural style, cleanliness, landscape, people, peacefulness and more. Research reveals that colors play a significant part in a city’s beauty. Travel experts have determined these 10 places to be the world’s most colorful cities.
This place is actually a little island situated in a lagoon in Northern Venice. Here you will discover an archipelago of four different islands that are joined together by bridges. One highlight of Burano is the multi-colored homes on both sides of the canals. The green water in the canals separating the smaller islands reflect the brightly-colored buildings.
The colored buildings are a product of the old days when the major occupation was fishing. During winter, fishermen could not see their homes because of heavy fog.
They decided to paint their homes in distinctive colors. Today the tradition remains. In fact, today there is a specific formal process a local must go through when he wishes to paint his home. Before a resident is allowed to paint he must send an official request to the local officials who must approve of his requested color scheme.
This island includes 15 traditional villages. Here the main attraction is the cobblestone streets and the whitewashed houses. These homes feature balconies that offer memorable views of sunsets and the nearby volcanoes.
It’s believed that the residents first began whitewashing their homes back in the 1800s because whitewash is durable, inexpensive and includes oxidizing properties. It became a tradition and today it gives the place both a uniqueness and a sense of homogeneity.
Here in the harbor district of Copenhagen, the main attraction is the wooden ships and colorful homes on both sides of the canal. These old buildings date back to the 1600s.
Many of them are now cafes and restaurants. The oldest house, number nine, was built in 1661. A number of the old buildings were once occupied by famous Danish artists. Number 20 was once the home of the world-famous writer Hans Christian Andersen.
Ensconced in the Rif Mountains, this popular, historic tourist town is famous for its blue-washed buildings. These buildings are blue because of Jewish refugees in 1930. In Judaism, the blue represents heaven or the sky. It’s also indicative of people who live their lives in spiritual awareness.
Since 1930 the 40,000 locals have continued to paint all the buildings blue in keeping with the Jewish tradition and history. The village appears to change its shade of blue throughout the day. When it rains, the place looks like a water world and some even say the color keeps the mosquitoes away since they don’t like water.
Bo-Kaap, South Africa
This colorful, historic suburb is found in Cape Town. It is famous for its narrow cobblestoned streets and brightly colored homes. The houses feature a mix of Dutch and Georgian architectural styles.
Slaves, known as “Cape Malays”, were shipped from Indonesia, Malaysia, and other African countries to Cape Town by the Dutch during the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1760 houses were constructed and rented to the CM. Eventually, the former slaves purchased the homes and chose to paint them in bright colors as an expression of their happiness over their freedom. The Bo-Kaap Museum, built in 1760, tells their story.
Also known as the Blue City, this second largest city in Rajasthan is nicknamed for the blue-washed houses there. There are over 100 houses encircling the Mehrangarh fort and the place is protected by a wall.
The priest caste of India, the Brahmins, started it all by painting their homes blue to make their houses stand out from everyone else’s homes. Years later, the members of other social castes would follow the tradition and paint their houses blue too. Today the blue also symbolizes the locals’ ability to withstand the heat of the surrounding Thar Desert. It also helps to keep their homes cool.
A UNESCO world heritage site and the capital, this historic city has a colorful downtown consisting of 750 businesses, restaurants, private residences, shopping centers, and government buildings. It all began in the 1800s with the General Governor Albert Kikkert. Kikkert suffered from frequent migraine headaches.
He thought the reflection of sunlight from the then-white buildings caused them. So he ordered that all the downtown buildings be painted with bright colors instead of white. These now-protected buildings stand as fine examples of the classic Dutch style of architecture which dates back to the 1600s.
Saint John, Canada
Located in the bay of Fund in the province of New Brunswick, this city was incorporated in 1785. One of the popular tourist attractions are the brightly-painted row houses. In fact, the locals refer to this downtown area as “Jellybean Row.”
Residents of this city reportedly used to paint their homes in various bright colors in order to make sure they were beautiful even when the weather was foggy. Take the walking tour and enjoy seeing all the houses painted in numerous colors.
La Boca, Argentina
This Buenos Aires neighborhood is also the country’s capital. It’s famous for its pedestrian paths and traditional, brightly-colored wood houses The city includes a number of artist colonies.
The artists use the brightly-colored residences as a background for some of their performances and artistic events. This city is also famous for the tango. There are tango dancers on almost every corner here. Finally, it’s also well-known for huge painting and photography exhibitions.
Situated in Svalbard in the Norwegian archipelago, this town is named for John Longyear, the American who founded the well-known Arctic Coal Company back in 1906. It is famous for the colorful wood homes.
The houses were constructed on piles in order to keep the buildings off the frozen ground. The total population is approximately 2040. There are no paved roads leading into the town. The locals prefer to use snow scooters to get from one place to another.