One of the best experience that travelling offers is admiring the different architecture you can see all around the world. No matter where we go, there will be always something unique to that place that can not be seen somewhere else. But, some of these places have a thing in common: colors. Bright and bold, these towns will make you admire the never ending beauty of so many buildings, all painted in few colors, or even more. You don’t have to travel far to visit these places, at least for most of them. Check out the ten towns we picked for you and if you have the opportunity, don’t hesitate to visit them.
1. Willemstad, Curaçao
Willemstad is the capital city of Caribbean island Curaçao. What makes this island so special is that it belongs to the Kingdom of Netherlands, so this place is actually a tropical beauty, but with the Dutch architecture. You will feel as if you’re somewhere in the Netherlands, except that here you have beaches, ocean and hot weather. Thanks to the unique architecture, the city center has been designated by UNESCO World Heritage. Curaçao is the third island in the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) that form the so called Dutch Caribbean, because all three belong to the Netherlands.
2. Guanajuato, Mexico
Guanajuato is the capital city of the same called state in Mexico. The city is charming, with many plazas and architecture from the colonial era. However, this city isn’t just popular for its colorful houses, narrow streets and squares with a European touch – Guanajuato is also known for the Mummy Museum. There are 59 displayed mummies of men, women and children who ended up this way because of a law that required residents to pay tax for perpetual burial. The law was in force from 1870 until 1958. Guanajuato is famous as well for the Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss), that is so narrow that couples can can kiss from the opposite balconies. The city also plays an important role in the Mexico’s Independence, so no wonder why it is UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and it’s a real must for every traveler. The city is one of the oldest cities in the world, as well the oldest in Western Europe. Lisbon is a heaven for every architecture lover, because here you can find constructions in Gothic, Modern, Romanesque, Baroque and other styles. The city is rich in culture and history, so you’ll find the city very amusing because there are tons of historic places to visit, museums, galleries and lots of other stuff to satisfy your cultural cravings. Lisbon is a popular touristic attraction, but still isn’t overwhelmed by tourists and that leaves you with the option to breathe the city as a local. You can wonder the streets by only yourself and enjoy the old, peeled, colorful buildings among the way!
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
Those who have been to Copenhagen know that the city is truly one of the most charming places there can be. The Danish capital is a year – round destination, so no matter when you go, you will have fun times, and lots of things to see and visit! You can start out by having fun in the Tivoli Garden, an amusement park for any age. You should also enjoy a nice coffee or lunch at the Nyhavn and see the Little Mermaid statue. If you like royal stuff, then Copenhagen has much to offer – visit the Christiansborg Palace and the Rosenborg Castle among others. And, most of all, rent a bike, drive around and enjoy the beautiful, colorful architecture of the city.
5. Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre is a popular summer destination located on the Italian Riviera. The coast is such a touristic heaven because it has everything that you could ask for a vacation – beach, sea, amazing view, kind people and many restaurants and bars. It consists of five villages – Manarola, Riomaggiore, Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza and Corniglia, each of them with colorful buildings in the most charming way there can be in Italy. So, if you were wondering where to go this summer, don’t hesitate visiting at least one of these fairy tale look alike villages.
6. Salvador, Bahia
Salvador used to be and was the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763 and it also used to be the main slave market in America. Because of that, the city was exposed to three different cultures – European, African and American Indian, which resulted in leaving something from each culture in the city. That’s why the colorful city center is considered as a very historic one and since 1985 it is UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city center is known as Pelourinho neighborhood, which is filled with cobblestone streets and colorful buildings, where you can easily feel the influence of the Portuguese culture. You can also see baroque buildings, such as the church São Francisco. The rest of Salvador offers a real Brazilian experience that you don’t want to miss out!
7. Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is the capital and also the largest city in Iceland is this colorful, charming city. Just by looking at the picture we wanted to be there right away and enjoy this amazing view! And since we’ll be there already, we would also like to enjoy in the amazing hot geothermal sea water in the Blue Lagoon spa. We can also witness the never ending beauty of the Northern Lights, or to take a hike in some of the gorgeous Icelandic mountains. Or, we can simple walk around the small city, enjoy the view right in front of us, eat a traditional dish and try to learn something new for the world’s northernmost capital.
8. Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaíso is the second largest city in Chile and the home of another colorful buildings ready to take our breath away with their charm and uniqueness. There is always the possibility to just walk around and see the beauty around you, but Valparaíso is really more than just a colorful neighborhoods. One of the most popular touristic attractions is La Sebastiana, the house where famous poet Pablo Neruda used to live in. However, what you mustn’t leave out is definitely walking around the colorful historic quarter of the city. It is such an artistic place with lots of street art, not only the colorful buildings! In 2003 the quarter was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
9. Bergen, Norway
The seconds colorful Scandinavian city on this list is Bergen. It is the second largest city in Norway, after the capital Oslo. These wooden houses are just a small way to discover the culture and the architecture of this Norwegian city. Bergen is surrounded with beautiful mountains and fjords. If you have the chance to visit the city, make sure to take a cruise and breathe the mountain air and witness the beauty of the fjords. However, the tourists not only have nice words for the nature, but for the street art as well. In fact, Bergen is seen as the street art capital in Norway so much, that few years ago the city council decided to protect the street art of the famous artist Dolk with glass.
10. Wroclaw, Poland
You can easily see how colorful this city is. Invite a friend, a relative or your partner and go explore this Polish city. Visit the market square, where you can witness the colorfulness of the city. Or, you can visit other stuff in the city, such as Szczytnicki Park, that is famous for the Japanese garden. You can also visit the Wroclaw musical fountain, that will surely offer unforgettable experience. Wroclaw offers fun, culture, tasty food, kind locals and great accommodation options. All you have to do is just book your trip and visit!