Raise your hand if you’re constantly aching from wanderlust! I know I am. I’m constantly scrolling through Instagram and lusting after all the gorgeous, colorful cities I’ve yet to book a ticket to. To keep you occupied until your next trip, read about these 12 colorful cities around the world.
You’ll find azulejo, tin-glazed ceramic tilework, all over Porto. Azulejo can be seen covering the exterior and interior of churches, palaces, houses, restaurants, bars, and subway stations. While azulejo are pretty to look at, they also serve as temperature controllers for buildings. Popular azulejo sightings include: São Bento Station and the Igreja de Santo Ildefonso.
Havana’s colorful architecture can be traced back to its colonial roots. Over the centuries, different styles of architecture and art influenced the color and designs we’re fascinated with today.
Jodhpur, the former seat of a princely state, stands out from its surroundings in the Thar Dessert. The “Sun City” is a popular destination because of it’s close proximity to palaces, temples, and forts.
Cinque Terra, Italy
This list would not be complete without the inclusion of Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre translates to “five lands,” comprising of five small coastal villages on the Italian Riviera coastline. Everywhere in Cinque Terre is worthy of an Instagram shot, but if you want to catch the gorgeous sunset, make sure you get to your photo spot early!
Burano, a small fishing village, is hands down one of the most colorful cities in the world that’s known for its vibrant houses. It’s located approximately 40 minutes from Venice, which makes it a quick day trip. Paint colors are taken so seriously in Burano, that owners must send a request to the government in order to paint their house!
Copenhagen’s colorful district is located at Nyhavn, a 17th century waterfront, canal, and entertainment district. The brightly colored buildings are townhouses, the oldest dating back to 1681. This district is walking distance from Strøget, Copenhagen’s main walking street, and the Tivoli Gardens.
Curaçao is a small, Caribbean island located nearby Aruba and Bonaire. The most famous and colorful part of Curaçao is Handelskade. Brightly painted Dutch colonial buildings line the water. You won’t want to miss Penha. It was built in 1708 and is still the best boutique on the island for duty-free makeup and fragrances.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Whenever a photo of Amsterdam pops up on Instagram, it’s fairly obvious it’s Amsterdam! Prinsengracht is generally considered the most beautiful and most known canal in Amsterdam. The banks of this canal are lined with hundreds of narrow houses that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The Anne Franke House and Westerkerk are also located here.
Discover the charming and colorful houses in Old Town Cologne. The row of houses are located in a cobbled square that is also the location St. Martins Great Church. You can find the full history of each of the houses when you visit in person. Don’t skip the ice cream shop that’s located in the blue house!
Wroclaw is considered the prettiest city in Poland! It’s known for its Market Square, which is lined with beautiful townhouses and restaurants. Get lost wandering the winding cobbled streets—every corner of Wroclaw is a photo opp!
Chefchaouen or Chaouen, often called by Moroccans, is a two hour drive from Tangier. Everything inside the Chefchaouen medina is blue. You really can’t miss it! There are a few theories as to why the city is blue: 1) to keep the mosquitos away 2) the Jews introduced the color when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s 3) the blue is meant to symbolize the sky and heaven and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life.
Jelenia Góra, Poland
Jelenia Góra, meaning “Deer Mountain” in Polish and German, is located in southwestern Poland. Although Wroclaw is known as the prettiest in Poland, Jelenia Góra is a hidden gem. Local story has it that the city was founded by King Bolesław Krzywousty in 1108 after he had been following a wounded deer. He was naturally astounded by the beauty and named the city Deer Mountain.
What are your favorite colorful cities? Let me know in the comments!