Colourful Cities in the World – Top 10
Colours evoke our senses. They can influence our mood and inspire our imaginations. They can even make us happy. Some colours can remind us of stability and calm. A beautifully coloured city displays the artistic spirit of the citizens. The colourful city can take away a traveller’s stress and offers a pleasant mood and inspiration. It would be an exciting experience to be in a city full of colours. Head to these top most colourful cities in the world if you want to enjoy the intense visual treat.
10. Jodhpur, India
India’s Blue City is one of the colourful cities in the world. It is the second largest city of Rajasthan. This old town has houses and buildings painted in royal blue colour. It is said that long years ago the priestly caste of Jodhpur painted their homes blue so that they can be different from the other citizens. The colour is closely associated with the Brahmins. And later it was followed by all and painted their homes blue as well. There are other reasons for some of the citizens. Some say it wards off mosquitoes. And some locals claim that the blue colour keeps their homes cool under the hot sun. The entire theme of the city is blue. And the wonderful colour adds a touch of calm and cool to the old town. The blue houses beautifully juxtapose the brown deserts. Jodhpur is the most bizarre place on our planet.
9. Pattaya, Thailand
Pattaya is the most colourful in all of the Thailand as there the hotels and houses are beautifully painted with bright colours. It is the most crowded city that it receives millions of tourists every year. Jomtien beaches with its exotic blue waters is an enthralling beauty. The place has a magical charm, as there is a substantial crowd on one side and a calm atmosphere on the other side. The colourful houses and hotels display the artistic spirit of the people residing there. It attracts people from all over the world to enjoy great food and breathtaking scenic beauty. The place offers you and unforgettable experience, day or night.
It is also known for its wild nightlife and attracts a lot of international visitors.
8. Burano Island, Italy
Burano is the famous fishing island in Italy. According to legend, the fishermen of Burano painted their homes to contrast with their neighbourhoods, so they could find their own more quickly when returning at night. We get inspired by the tranquillity and the calmness of this fantastic island. The tiny streets of the island are also famous for artists. It is interesting to know that if someone wishes to paint their home they must send a request to the government, who will respond by making notice of the certain colours permitted for that lot. It is just forty minutes away from Venice by boat. Burano women are famous for the art of lace making.
7. Nyhavn, Copenhagen
It is one of the historic harbour districts in Copenhagen. It is an iconic symbol where the houses are colourful and the historic ships are tied up in the harbour. Nyhavn is lined by brilliantly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants extending from the Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front in the south of the Royal Playhouse. The southern side of Nyhavn has lavish mansions lining the canal, including Charlottenborg Palace at the corner of Kongens Nytorv. It is interesting to view Nyhavn during a boat trip around the port and some of Copenhagen’s main canals. The city is magnificent with the painted houses in red, yellow, green and blue. The pleasant atmosphere of the place offers you a peaceful mind.
6. Valparaiso, Chile
The vibrant, colourful Valparaiso is a major city in Chile. ” The Jewel of the Pacific” is so picturesque and is still charming the Chileans and foreigners. The port city is stunning with colourful colonial buildings, churches, museums and cathedrals. The city, when viewed from a distance, looks like a painting on a giant canvas.The coastal area is where beautiful boats, cruising this region, stop at. The colours display the creative spirits of the people living the city. The city of Valparaiso climbs from the shore of the Pacific into the mountains above, covering the hills is a very pleasant sight. Thousands of tourists visit from other parts of the world to admire the city’s vibrant culture. It is attracted by many cultural entrepreneurs and artists who have opened shops in the city’s hillside.
5. Buenos Aires, Argentina
With an edgy Latin American twist, this metropolitan city is creative and unique in its way. This beautiful city is the greatest city in Argentina and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. La Boca is the colourful neighbourhood of Buenos Aires where an open air museum has been located in the southeastern part. A lively city with passionate people, it is the kind of city where travellers mostly enjoy. European culture highly influenced the city. With its colourful houses along with Argentina’s famous dance Tango, it attracts many visitors from all over the world. Glamorised tango shows of La Boca are very entertaining. The place is so special and unique in its own way.
4. Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw is a breathtaking city. It is the largest city in western Poland. This colourful city is the historical capital of Silesia and Lower Silesia and now it is the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. The colourful exteriors of the buildings and the houses which add to the life of the city. The city is always young and charming. Despite its tumultuous past, the city of Wroclaw Poland has long embraced colour as a part of its cultural identity. The colourful classical architecture makes it as one of the most splendid cities of Poland and one of the most colourful cities in the world. The aristocrats and wealthy merchants to show their status built their houses around the medieval Plac Solny. Their front facades are designed with colourful and beautiful decorations. Wroclaw has been the city of Germany, Prussia, Austria and finally Poland when Europe was in the war. Now, Wroclaw is the 4th largest city in its new country.
3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Commonly called as Rio is the second most populous municipality in Brazil. In the favelas or shanty towns, it is very difficult to live as it is that much crowded and congested. Sanitation, running water and even police access are not guaranteed in those towns. It was in 2010 the government of Brazil took the initiative to decorate the slums and the Dutch artists Hass and Hahn gave the entire city a strange beauty. They turned the walls of the homes into a vast canvas. Their colourful, creative arts turned the streets of Rio de Janeiro into a world tourist attraction. It receives the most visitors per year of any city in South America with 2.82 million international tourists a year. The Favela Santa Maria with its multi-coloured houses is one of the most prominent areas. It is the most awarded destination by World Travel Awards in the South American category of “best destination”. Over 1 million Brazilians live in the favelas and it is the sixth largest city in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is also an important global LGBT destination.
2. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
One of the oldest cities in Canada, full of character, rare experience and charisma, with a contemporary and sophisticated edge. The city ‘s name is attributed to the feast day of John the Baptist when John Cabot was believed to have sailed into the harbour in 1497. St.John’s is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador and has a rich history that dates back to 1400. It is one of the world’s top ten oceanside destinations and is the most colourful places in the world. You also get exciting nightlife experiences when you reach the fabulous George Street. The colourful jelly bean row houses are the houses where each ship captain are assigned to use a particular candy colour to his house. So that they could be easily identified from the sea. Quidi Vidi is a charming village within the city that represents the spirit of an old fishing outport. It is a city that blazes with energy and life. The name St. John is also associated with a Basque fishing town with the same name.
1. Izamal, Mexico
The Yellow City of Mexico which is a small town with rich historical tradition. The title ”Magic City” is given by the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico. There the colonial buildings are painted yellow which gives the monochromatic town a bright and dazzling look. This city has great historical significance. The city is known for the presence of various ancient ruins from the time of the Mayans. Kinich Kak Moo pyramid which is dedicated to the Sun God. P’ap’hol-Chaak is another great pyramid. These all makes Izamal the ”City of Hills”. Izamal was probably the largest Mayan city in northern Yucatan. The magic of this city lies in its architecture. The yellow colour of the city is so attractive and make us so happy. There are also beautiful churches and altarpieces that are so lovely. The colour also reveals to us the unity of the individuals resides there.