1. Chefchaouen, Morocco
The gorgeous city of Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains of Northwest Morocco and it’s known for the vivid blue colour of its buildings. Even though it’s just one colour, the blue wash on the buildings makes the city look different in different weather and time of day.
The reason behind the blue colour of the buildings is the large Jewish population that came here as refugees in the 30s. In Judaism, blue is the colour that symbolizes the heavens above and to this day it reminds people of Chefchaouen to keep their spirits high. As a bonus, the blue colour tends to keep the mosquitos away cause they just think it’s water.
2. Burano, Italy
Burano is a small island in the province of Venice, Italy. These days the city gets quite a few tourists because of the colourful buildings and photo opportunities, but it’s still mainly a working-class fisherman island.
That’s actually where the tradition of painting the buildings different colours came from. Fishermen found it hard to see their buildings in the fog, so they chose to paint them bright colours to make the process of getting home easier.
You might think the colours are chosen at random but nowadays there’s a strict colour scheme place and if a citizen of Burano wants to paint the building they have to submit a request to the government and wait for a reply that will tell which colour you’re allowed to paint your house.
3. Ilulissat, Greenland
Ilulissat is a city in western Greenland that’s known for its Icefjord and the huge icebergs that you can see here. Considering most of Greenland is covered with ice and it’s icy and cold here year-round it makes sense that the people of Ilulissat decided to paint their houses in vivid colours to make everything seem more cheerful.
Back in the day, there was a system where every colour meant something. Yellow was reserved for hospitals, blue for fish factories and red for commercial buildings but these days it much more colourful and wacky.
4. Guanajuato, Mexico
5. Menton, France
Menton is a town on the French Riviera that is known for its colourful buildings. It’s much more laid back than St. Tropez or Monaco but what it lacks in flashiness it makes up for in chill vibe and beautiful waterfront.
The buildings here are painted very warm and summery colours. Menton is a great place to go to for a summer vacation to just relax and be surrounded by beautiful and colourful things.
6. Cartagena, Columbia
7. Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk is a gorgeous city on the Baltic coast of Poland. The architecture here will remind you of a lot of Amsterdam but it’s smaller and more colourful. The main streets are absolutely stunning and the colourful buildings just add to the charm of this city.
It’s a must-visit for those who are craving some Amsterdam vibes but are on a budget since this is just as pretty but way cheaper.
8. Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Not only are the buildings here absolutely mesmerizing but the old ships in the harbour are quite a sight too. And the best part is that it’s only a small part of Copenhagen, which is a very beautiful city to explore.