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Exploring new cities is always an exciting adventure to take on when you travel, but when the cities are painted with eye-popping colors, it makes the atmosphere so much more of a treat (not to mention the photography is fantastic!). Here is a look at a few of the most colorful cities around the world!
Nyhavn, Copenhagen – Denmark
Nyhavn is a district in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a 17th-century waterfront district that stretches from Kongens Nytorv to the harbor front. Here you can find brightly colored townhouses, bars, cafes and restaurants that give character to the district and make it even more charming. The district was built by King Christian V in between 1670 and 1673 and it was dug by Swedish war prisoners. It’s where Danish author Hand Christian Andersen lives for around 18 years. The colorful townhouses here are built with wood, bricks, and plaster and they can be found mainly on the northern side.
Saint John, New Brunswick – Canada
The Saint John city in New Brunswick province is the oldest incorporated city (in 1785) in Canada. The city is located in the beautiful bay of Fund. Saint John City is widely popular for its brightly colored downtown row houses. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city.
The multicolored houses in the downtown area of Saint John are known as ‘Jellybean Row’. In fact, there is no street in Saint John City that named ‘Jellybean Row’. It is the common nickname used by the native to refer the colorful houses in the downtown area.
It is said to be people of Saint Johns used to paint their houses in bright colors to keep the beauty even in foggy weather. You can see each house in the street painted with a unique color. The walking tour in the city surely become an unforgettable experience for you.
Olinda – Brazil
As one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Brazil, Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of narrow alleyways and red-tiled roofs set among the verdant hills of neighboring Recife. The Portuguese founded the city in 1545 and imbued on its architecture brightly-colored homes contrasted against baroque-style churches. Set on Brazil’s eastern shores, the city looks out over the Atlantic ocean and is bathed in sunlight and warmth for most of the year. Over the past few decades, it has become a magnet for artists and well-known for its own Carnival, free of admission to all who wish to take part in the fun.
Pachuca – Mexico
Pachuca is a city in central Mexico. The Monumental Clock is a neoclassical tower in the main square, Plaza Independencia. Set in the Ex-Convento de San Francisco, the Cuartel del Arte cultural center is home to a baroque church, art gallery, and the Fototeca Nacional photo library. The Museo de Minería traces the region’s mining history. The International Football Hall of Fame honors soccer’s greatest players.
Strasbourg – France
Strasbourg is in the breathtaking Alsace region of France and its ties with Germany are palpable. This city is both medieval and modern in some very interesting ways. The houses are your typical fairy tale houses of many different colors. Strasbourg is a series of twisting and turning cobble-stoned alleys with crooked half-timbered houses, with geraniums cascading from the window boxes. It is hard to go past the magnificence of the Gothic cathedral that dominates the city. Here in the Cathedral Square, The Notre Dame reins supreme, surrounded by more stunning houses and an amazing old gothic house that is now the restaurant, Maison Kammerzell. You will see street artists and performers and tourists aplenty. People come here for a reason – the city is beautiful.
Portmeirion – Wales
Set on its own tranquil peninsula in Snowdonia, this whimsical village – a ‘tribute to the Mediterranean’ – is an enchanting collection of Italianate ice cream-colored houses overlooking the sea. Go in September and catch the multi-award winning Festival No.6 which showcases an eclectic mix of iconic and emerging artists.
Rio Tinto – Spain
This red river in Spain gets its tint from thousands of year of mining in the area. Miners search for copper, gold, and silver, but the dissolved iron from the river’s rocks is the reason it’s so red.
Procida – Italy
The hikeable villages of Cinque Terre are better known than Procida, Italy, but this under-the-radar island off the coast of Naples is just as pretty. Narrow streets are accompanied by sherbet-colored buildings that rise above sparkling waters. The most spectacular colors are in Marina Corricella, where lore has it that fishermen painted their houses in bright colors so they could recognize them from the sea.
Havana – Cuba
There’s no country more captivating than Cuba, and of all the gems it boasts, we think Havana simply has to be our favorite. The capital city is filled with glorious Spanish colonial architecture, but more importantly, the most resourceful, kind locals you could ever hope to meet. And it’s these people that add even more color to the ever-dazzling city.
To see some of the most beautiful spots, plus a hefty dose of culture, we recommend a stroll (or three) around Old Havana. There’s a distinctive charm in the crumbling, pastel buildings and you’ll find yourself immersed in salsa as much as you’re immersed in the past, enveloped in street life as much as you are in the beautiful traffic-free plazas.
Santorini – Greece
Santorini is a beautiful island located in Southeast of Greece. There are 15 traditional and picturesque villages in Santorini. The brilliant whitewashed houses and cobblestone narrow streets are the main attraction of these villages. The balconies of these unique houses also open views to stunning Sunset and volcano in the island.
It is believed to be the local people of Santorini started to use whitewash for decorating their houses in the 19th century. It is because the whitewash is cheap, durable and has oxidizing properties. Eventually, this white coloration became a trend in Santorini. It gives a unique style and homogeneity for Santorini Island.