Top 10 Most Colorful Cities in the World
Some of them have become bright thanks to Hollywood movies, others have experienced the efforts of city-wide artists and a few just share a cultural love of color.

Dan Taylor | Aug 08, 2018

You don't have to pack a box of Crayola's; these fabulous cities are already colorful, you just need to come and visit each one and admire the Crayola hues already covering the streets. Some of them have become bright thanks to Hollywood movies, others have experienced the efforts of city-wide artists and a few just share a cultural love of color.

10. Burano, Italy
You can spot this pretty city on the Venetian Island from the sea. Brushed with jewel tones, homes are thought to have been painted by local fisherman so they could see them through the fog. Today, the practice has become law, and you must seek government permission to paint your home. They will assign you a color. In any case, you can't help but be happy when you walk the streets here.

9. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
In this traditionally Muslim quarter, the buildings are blue, yellow, fuchsia, and green. It's also one of the oldest hoods in the city, which was once known as the Malay Quarter. That name came from the slaves who were taken from the Malaysian Archipelago. Although the area dates to the 16th century, they have only recently begun to transform their home colors as an expression of freedom and in celebration of Eid and Ramadan.

8. Willemstad, Curaao
According to the locals, in the 1800s then governor of the Dutch colony determined that too much white was the cause of his migraines. As a result, he issued the decree that buildings could no longer be white. Today's dazzling colors make a fabulous backdrop for your vacation pictures, and it has a UNESCO World Heritage designation.

7. Jodhpur, India
In this Blue City, upper-class residents began painting their homes blue as a signal that they were different from the lower class, a not too subtle reminder of the caste system. Today, the color is popular not only because of tradition, but also, royal blue helps to cool homes from the fiery sun and frankly, the color is fabulous. And last, but not least, the chemical structure of the blue paint is a defense against termites.

6. La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
While this area is full of color, there is a logical reason. The homes were crafted from scraps of wood from the local shipyard and painted with any leftover paint that could be found. It's a typical working-class neighborhood and has become a draw for worldwide travelers.

5. Jaipur, India
Jaipur is one of the several color-coded cities, but this rose-colored beauty is painted in pink and has been since the 19th century when the area was under British leadership. Pink is the hue Brits associate with hospitality and the residents painted pink in the preparation of the visit of Edward, the then Prince of Wales. Today, pink is law.

4. Trinidad, Cuba
The best description of this location is that the building colors mirror the environment with sugarcane green, sunshine yellow, and ocean blue. It's another UNESCO World Heritage site, and you can also expect to see all those lovely colors on the same building. The area was built by funds received from the slave trade, and the resulting Afro-Cuban culture is represented in the colorful streets. Be sure to visit the Palacio Cantero, the San Francisco Convent, and the Palacio Brunet.

3. Balat, Istanbul, Turkey
Balat has been a Jewish quarter since the Byzantine era and is filled with red, blue and green buildings. Many tourists visit the area during the Istanbul Design Biennial, and other tourists are mostly design savvy guests who want to see the beauty. The streets are in the shape of a puzzle, and you can find galleries, cafes, and boutiques as you wander through town.

2. Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil
The Portuguese word for pillory, Pelourinho was home to the first slave market on the continent. Although slavery was outlawed in 1835, it wasn't until 1985 that UNESCO World Heritage claimed it as one of their sites. Since that time, Pelourinho's culture is as vibrant as its buildings, and tourists from all over the world visit for dance, food, history and the Museu Afro-Brasileiro.

1. Rainbow Row, Charleston, South Carolina
It looks like Easter year-round when you view these row houses near Charleston's waterfront. The homes are part of the historic area and have survived the Civil War and reconstruction. It's said that the color existed to help drunken sailors recognize home and others say, it's a marketing scheme for local shops. Located on East Bay Street, these are must see Georgian houses that date back to the 1700s.

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