The Top 8 Most Colorful Cities That You Can Visit In The World

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The colors of StoBoSa – it is a community artwork designed by artists in Tam-awan Village in Baguio City to promote tourist attraction in La Trinidad town (near Baguio City) Baguio City, Philippines.

When we think about cities, the colorful facades of their buildings rarely cross into our minds. Actually we don’t even notice them at all in the course of all these hustles and bustles in our world. It seems that every skycraper that we see in large urban areas are all identical.

But then, even in today’s day and age there are actually some places in the world where their architectures are painted in vibrant colors. It is like they were plucked out from a page of a child’s storybook. Mind you, most colorful cities are not just pigment of the imagination or ideas created from fairy tales. There are quite a number of them on the globe waiting for you to be discovered.

Table of Contents:

8 Cities In the World With Colorful Buildings

8.1 Trondheim, Norway

8.2 Burano, Italy

8.3 Procida, Italy

8.4 Willemstad, Curacao

8.5 Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

8.6 Jodhpur, India

8.7 Wroclaw, Poland

8.8 Guatape, Colombia

Final Word

8 Cities In The World With Colorful Buildings

More often than not, cities in the world has a character of being just drab and gray, all dreary concrete, glass and steel. However, there are some exceptions to this rule and in some corners of the globe you can find metropolis where buildings are dazzling in resplendent colors.

From Norway’s colorful wooden warehouses in Trondheim to the brightly-colored “zocalos” in Colombia, here are some of the world’s most colorful cities for you to visit at least once in a lifetime.

8.1 -Trondheim, Norway

The Bakklandet Trondheim, Norway‘s signature multi-colored wooden wharf along the Nidelva River.

In Norway’s 3rd largest city of Trondheim runs the Nidelva River passing along a historical area namedBakklandet is a small area in Trondheim that has multi-colored wooden warehouses once used as shops and living quarters of traders between the years 1600s-1700s. Ravaged by fire through the centuries and at some point were almost torn down to pave way for the construction of a highway in the the 1960s. But local resistance has prevailed and the candy-colored wooden warehouses have been restored to their former architectural grandeur to become one of Trondheim’s most iconic landmark to the world.

8.2 – Burano, Italy

Burano‘s brightly painted houses stand out in this fisherman’s island along the Venetian Lagoon in Italy.

One of the most colorful towns in the world is Burano, an island in the Venice Lagoon. This is a fisherman’s town famous for its exquisite lacework and certainly one among the best places to find vibrantly-colored buildings in Italy.

And because fishing is the primary source of livelihood for men in Burano where boats sail in and out of its harbor, a legend goes that houses were to be painted so that the fishermen could catch sight of the island clearly through the thick fog.

This tradition continued until the present time and together with the fascinating site of little canals that cut between the row of houses make Burano very special which is one of the top reasons why people visit this little island.

8.3 – Procida, Italy

Procida, Italy – the lesser well-known but colorful island on the Amalfi Coast.

Italy is indeed filled with so many charming islands to visit such as the one found in the southern coast and along the Bay of Naples -the Procida Island. Famous for its Marina di Corricella, this is the island’s most iconic area lined with pastel-colored buildings. This is an old fishermen village where they painted their houses in bright colors so that their homes can be easily recognized from the sea.

A photographer’s dream, the houses along Marina di Corricela are built in a descending manner from the cliff where Murata Fortress stands.

8.4 Willemstad, Curacao

WillemstadCuracao‘s capital city and the star of Southern Caribbean destinations’ show with its candy-colored buildings along Punda, the country’s waterfront area.

In What started as a safety health protocol has become a lasting part of Curacao’s iconic landmark. Almost all structures in Willemstad including the historic waterfront of Punda display facades in vibrant colors whose photos and videos has been shared throughout the world. This historic area was awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

8.5 – Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Bo-kaap is a historic residential neighborhood known for being one of the most Instagrammable spot in
due to its brightly painted houses.

Meaning “above the Cape”, Bo-Kaap is Cape Town’s small quarter full of colorful houses where more than 6,000 Southeast Asians and Africans call it home. The story behind these rainbow-colored houses go back in the 1600s when Dutch settlers arrived in Cape Town bringing with them African slaves including those from Malaysia and Indonesia. Bo-Kaap was the designated part for them to live and the houses leased for them were painted in white

When apartheid ended in 1994 which also signaled South Africa’s democracy, residents in Bo-Kaap started painting their homes in spirited, happy colors to celebrate their freedom. These days Bo-Kaap is one of the most photographed and visited tourist spot in Cape Town.

8.6 – Jodhpur, India

Known as the “blue city” of India, Jodhpur is a place where temples, palaces and houses are constructed in shades of blue color and towered by Mehrangarh Fort.

Jodhpur is an important city in western Rajashtan and close to the Pakistani border. Known as India’s “blue city” almost all the houses that surround Mehrangarh Fort are painted in blue color. The area is mostly inhabited by Brahmins, the highest of the Hindu caste system and the blue color signifies power.

It is believed that a blue-painted house in Jodhpur indicates that a Brahmin lives there to highlight his royal connection. The Brahmins are devout Lord Shiva followers and the blue color is associated with him, so most houses in Jodhpur are painted in blue. Mehrangarh Fort on the other hand is one of the largest and most beautiful forts in India built by Rao Jodha (founder of Jodhpur) in 1459, overlooking the blue city.

8.7 – Wroclaw, Poland

Famous for its enormous main plaza in Rynek (Old Town), Wroclaw, Poland is full of colorful buildings everywhere you look.

A city along the Oder River in Western Poland, Wroclaw is a historical city lined with elegant and colorful townhouses. Packed with a rich history that dates back to 1,000 years, the city’s animated architecture is diverse, from The main pulse of Wroclaw is the medieval market square of Rynek which is bordered with brightly colored townhouses and cafes believed to be one of the most picturesque in Europe. Reflecting the city’s creative and youthful atmosphere, the colors of Wroclaw make this city come alive especially in wintertime. Built in the 19th to early 20th centuries, the colorful townhouses stand as a status symbol to the owners who became rich because of international trade.

Wroclaw is close to the important commercial routes in Southern Europe which brought cash to the coffers of residents through trading so they spent their hard-earned money by constructing elegant townhouses painted in bright colors to show off their wealth.

8.8 – Guatape, Colombia

Where every house is a work of art, residents in Guatape, Colombia paint their houses with dazzling color and decorate the lower part of their houses with frescoe-like panels called “socalos”.

Adjudged as the most colorful town in the world, in Guatape, Colombia, every house, shop and cafe is a work of art. Its steep and winding streets are truly photogenic but more distinctive by the presence of “socalos” found at the lower part of their buildings. In architecture, socalo is a support or base for a column or statue. And in this town in Columbia, socalos tell the story about the homeowner, they advertise businesses or may indicates a person’s occupation.

If you’re familiar with the phrase ” paint the town red” Guatape literally do that by painting every structure in green, blue, purple, yellow and red colors. These painted buildings especially the brightly-colored socalos represents a lively history and unique identity trend which no other area in Colombia has.

Final Word:

If you love rainbows and northern lights, then be inspired by these stories of most colorful cities that you can visit in the world to celebrate your fondness for vivid colors. Nothing is more satisfying and cheerful than going to places that celebrate cheerful hues. They are waiting for you to have their awesome pictures taken.


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