The 15 Most Colorful Places in the World

The most colorful places in the world will certainly be a treat for your eyes. Because we could always do with a little more colour in our life, right? Let these vibrant neighborhoods and pastel-lined harbors spark your wanderlust.

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1. Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Vernazza is the next to northernmost town and perhaps most picturesque of the five towns of Cinque Terre in Italy. Colorful, antique homes cling to impossible cliffs that makes one of the most colorful places in the world. A lovely small harbor nestles under the shadows of an ancient castle and a dramatic seaside church.

Galuppi, Burano, Italy

2. Burano, Italy

With all the houses painted in bright colours making each street look like a rainbow, this Venetian island town could be the most colourful in the world. Legend has it that population began painting their homes luminous colours so that the fishermen could see them even in in thick fog and avoid crashing into the shore after a voyage at sea.

havana, cuba
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3. Havana, Cuba

Much of Havana’s architecture comes from its former Spanish rulers with an eclectic mix of 16th- and 17th-century-style buildings lining the streets. Around this time, colors of colonial blue and green were a popular choice but the introduction of stained-glass windows in the 19th century saw pinks, purples and oranges splashed onto the buildings too.

Related: why you need to visit Cuba now.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dutch artists Koolhaas and Urhahn turned favelas in Rio de Janeiro into a giant canvas, creating brilliant works of colorful art on the walls of many homes. This instilled pride through color in a place that few would find desirable.
Chefchaouen, Morocco

5. Chefchaouen, Morocco

The ancient part of Chefchaouen, known as the medina, is covered in all shades of blue paint. You’ll find blue spreading across the streets, the walls, and even inside the homes on nearly every street and alleyway. It’s not hard to figure out why Chefchaouen is often called “The Blue Pearl of Morocco.”

Balat, Istanbul, Turkey

6. Balat, Istanbul, Turkey

Within the city limits of Istanbul lies an area that’s pretty easy to get lost in the moment as you wander. Balat was the old Jewish quarter of the city. The pink and yellow building show the wear and tear of an area that’s been around since the first Spanish Inquisition.

Menton, France

7. Menton, France

In the Provence Village of Menton, colorful houses are easily recognizable on along the French Riviera, towards the South of France near Monaco. The town is full of old, beautiful and historical buildings and is said to be one of Europe’s most scenic locations.

View of Jodhpur, the blue city from Mehrangarh Fort, Johdpur

8. Jodhpur, India

Generations ago, the priestly caste of Jodhpur, India painted their homes blue to separate themselves from the rest of the citizenry.  It wasn’t long until the rest of the old city, Brahmins or not, took up the tradition and painted their homes blue as well.
La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

9. La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Boca is one of neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. La Boca is famed for its traditional colorful wooden houses and pedestrian friendly paths. There are many artist colonies in La Boca. They also utilize the colorful wooden houses in La Boca as part of background while they perform different art forms.

10. Guanajuato, Mexico

The houses of Guanajuato tumble down the hills that surround it in every imaginable colour. There’s no subtle, complementary colour scheme—fuchsia pink mingles with pillar box red, saffron yellow, baby blue, and lime green.

Cape Town, South Africa

11. Cape Town, South Africa

The buildings in Cape Town are separated by bright and friendly colors which change from address to address. Pinks, oranges, yellows and blues mix together to create a community of eye candy.

Valparaíso, Chile

12. Valparaíso, Chile

Valparaíso is covered with color from city limit to city limit, a characteristic which has charmed Chileans and foreigners for generations. It’s brightly colored buildings make it one of the most colorful places in the world. The city climbs from the shore of the pacific into the mountains above, covering the hills with a sight as rich as the personalities within.

Wrocław, Poland

13. Wrocław, Poland

Despite its tumultuous past, the city of Wroclaw, Poland has long embraced color as a part of its cultural identity. The buildings of its city center are rich in color, progressing from earth tones to pastels in a very old-world manner.  This colorful take on classical architecture makes it one of the most colorful cities in Europe, and a departure from the rest of the entries on this list.

San Fransisco, California

14. San Francisco, California

Despite its standing as the most culturally-progressive city in the United States, there’s another rainbow of colors shining brightly in San Francisco. This densely-packed peninsula city is home to a colorful architectural identity, one reflected in the varied paint styling that changes from door to door.

Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

15. Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil

Salvador was the first capital of Brazil, and the Pelourinho area’s main square was once a place where slaves were punished. Despite its sordid past, it’s now a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site and as a result underwent a massive restoration process to preserve its pastel-colored 17th- and 18th-century buildings.

Willemstad, Curacao

16. Willemstad, Curacao

The legend goes that when the Dutch still ruled the island in the 1800s the governor at the time suffered from migraine headaches, that he attributed to the Caribbean sun. He decreed that the residents paint buildings and other structures anything but white. Now we’ve got a World Heritage Site with buildings in blues, yellows, pinks and reds with white trim.

Reykjavik, Iceland

17. Reykjavik, Iceland

The colorful cityscape of Reykjavik is noted with its downtown multicolored houses clad in corrugated iron that seem to come straight from a box of Lego. Along with being among the most colorful places in the world, it’s also one of the most underrated.

Procida Island, Italy

18. Procida Island, Italy

Procida is the quintessential Mediterranean paradise, an absolute vision of colorful harborside homes and picturesque piazzas. The coast is filled with the cutest pastel-colored houses.

Notting Hill

19. Notting Hill, England

Into the back streets of Notting Hill the homes are a rainbow of colour. From canary yellow, light lilac, pastel pink and bright Mediterranean blue, and doors the colour of gemstones. It’s definitely welcome on a grey London day!

Juzcar, Spain

20. Juzcar, Spain

In 2011, Sony Pictures decided to paint one of Spain’s traditional white villages in bright blue as part of a marketing campaign for The Smurfs 3D film. Certainly a sight that dazzles the eyes.

Are there any places you’d add to this list? I’d love to hear!

  • Stunning pictures and defo a few places to add to the travel bucket list.

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  • Oh gosh, I never thought cities can have so much…well, colour! Italy seems like the best place to go to see all the wonders of colour! Wow! <3

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  • rae

    So in love with this post and all of these incredible places. I seriously want to visit them all!

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  • This is jam packed with so many lovely looking places. I don’t think I really knew colourful places like these were a thing until reading this post!

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  • This is awesome! I was surprised to see Poland and Iceland – had no idea!

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  • Gloria

    #14 – heading says San Fransisco. Should be Francisco.

    • Hi Gloria, it’s supposed to say San Fransisco?

    • Thanks for letting me know about that typo, Gloria! Just fixed it :)

      • Lau

        Same with “La Baca”, it’s correctly spelled Boca bellow.

  • Kinsale in Ireland is also a very colorful place :)
    Anyway this post is great so I’ve saved it!
    Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Have a wonderful day and a happy new year!
    Sybille ♡

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  • This post just makes you smile! So much colour and delight in all these photographs! Great choices. I think if I were to teleport to a place right now it would be Italy :)

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  • Love these Pictures!

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  • Fifi

    Such stunning places, I would love to visit all of them <3

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  • Alecia Lewis

    Interesting how it’s mostly places in Europe. The caribbean is far more colorful.

  • Alessia

    I suggest Positano (Amalfi Coast) too :-D
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  • isolde

    love this topic, i wondered if you would have la boca in there. it instantly came to mind when i saw the title.

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  • wow wow wow , these places are so stunning. Definitely adding them to my wanderlust list. Thank you so much for sharing.
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  • I’ve been to the first 3 and to Balat. Amalfi coast in Italy has colourful villages as well. And besides Vernazza Cinque Terre have more as well. And Cuba more as well, like Trinidad.

  • LisaMedFletta

    Try to google “Stavanger colorful street” and “Longyear colorful” – both cities in Norway. And you can also add Nyhavn in Copenhagen. This list of colorful places in the world is endless! ;-)

  • Great list. I would add Guatape, Colombia, as the whole town looks like the inside of a Crayola box.

  • rzhh

    I think you misspelled Murano as Burano. The island of Murano is worldfamous for its glassblower’s art.

    • mona

      Hi rzhh- Murano and Burano both exist- I’ve been to both. Murano is indeed known for its glassblowing. Burano is known for the color and handmade linens.

      • rzhh

        Thank you so much. Now I’m wiser than before.

    • They both exist! I meant Burano :) It’s famous for it’s beautiful colours x

  • Kristina Stella Lubrano

    Amazing! I live in Italy, in a little town near Naples fronting the sea and the beautiful island of Procida. What a stunning view form here. ps: the places in the list are 20, not 15.

  • Your blog is gorgeous! Loved this post!

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  • Bee

    I would definitely add Old San Juan to the list, the blue streets and bright buildings are gorgeous!

  • Miss Pippi

    Amazing list of places!

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  • Velvet & Vinegar

    Wow breathtaking photos and the most amazing colours…Would love to see them all…

  • Those places look gorgeous!

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  • Pep&Prose

    Those photos are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve got major wonderlust right now!

    Kara
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  • WOW Amazing!! Thanks for sharing these beautiful places. I’m native from Puerto Rico, and Old San Juan is very colorful too! :) http://tinyurl.com/jsbw2lk

  • Amazing places, thank you for sharing <3. Those photos are gorgeous.

    Also, I'm from Brazil and I have to say that I'm thrilled to see those two beautiful cities in your list, thank you so much <3

  • kenza dwn

    I already saw an article like this and found it amaaaaazing !
    So I’m super glad you did one as well :)

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  • Love all the color – it’s so inspiring and lively!

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  • Wow! Those photos are incredible!!