Musement takes a look at 12 of the most eye-catching cities in the world.
It’s no secret that the world is a beautiful place. Not only did Mother Nature create a gorgeous planet for us to reside on, but humanity did a dandy job in designing some stunner cities to call home. Yes, architecture and city layout go a long way, but color adds a whole new dimension. So, in no particular order, here are 12 of the world’s most colorful cities everyone should see.
1. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Nicknamed the Blue Pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen dates back to the 15th century. Though there are few theories out there, no one is really sure why it was painted 50 shades of blue. However, one thing is certain: it will tug on your heartstrings.
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2. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
This cobbled pastel little nook of South Africa’s “Mother City” is rich in history and will surely warm your heart just as much as it brightens up your Instagram feed.
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3. Jaipur, India
India’s Pink City and the capital of Rajasthan is majestic, alive and unforgettable. However, Jaipur wasn’t always this color. The Maharaja painted it this shade to impress Prince Albert during his 1876 royal tour of India.
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4. Kinsale, Ireland
This charming coastal town in County Cork is rich in history, culture and pigmentation. In fact, Cork boasts plenty of colorful locales, its eponymous city being one of them.
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5. Havana, Cuba
With diverse architecture and the occasional vintage car thrown in for good measure, the capital of Cuba simply shines.
6. Burano, Venice
This island in the Venetian lagoon is known for lace-making, risotto di Gò and the polychromatic houses reflected in the canal water. In fact, the colors of the buildings on this outer island of Venice are regulated by law.
7. Júzcar, Spain
This white buildings of this inland village in Andalusia underwent a makeover in 2011. Júzcar hosted the premiere of the Smurfs 3D film, so Sony Pictures painted the town blue. This attracted a whole new wave of visitors, so, they kept it blue to keep the visitors coming.
8. Charleston, South Carolina
Don’t miss Rainbow Row in this heartwarming southern gem on the Atlantic. This block of 13 colorful Georgian houses is one of the city’s most photographed locales.
9. Menton, France
This stone fruit shades of this low-key French Riviera town juxtaposed against the azure water make for a spectacular sight by day, while the evening light is simply alchemical.
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10. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Although famous for the Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires boasts plenty more eye candy both in neighborhoods like La Boca and San Telmo as well as underground in the metro.
11. Brighton Beach, Australia
The blue coastline at this Melbourne beach isn’t where you’ll be focusing your camera. The 82 Victorian era bathing boxes have withstood the test of time. They’re privately owned, so you can only see them from the inside only.
12. New Orleans, Louisiana
The Big Easy explodes with color pretty much everywhere you look. From narrow shotgun houses to elegant French-style edifices, it’s impossible to put your camera down in New Orleans.