Imagine walking through shades of black, white and grey your entire life; sounds very drab and uninteresting doesn’t it? Now conjure up the same images painted with shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, blue, green, and a host of other colours; sounds exciting doesn’t it? Well, the point I wish to illustrate is that without colour, our lives would be like that boring old bowl of soup you have almost daily. However, imagine you add a bit of salt, pepper, chilli sauce or a smattering of vegetables in it, now that would make you relish it. Colours are all around us, in all facets of life, it’s what makes living so special and in that vein, we at TraveLibro, present our collection of some of the most colourful cities in the world!
1. Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
No this isn’t Greece even though the views and ambiance will make you feel as if you are there. This however, is the beautiful town of Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia, which is literally bathed in shades of blue and white.
2. Chefchaouen, Morrocco
Escape the hustle and bustle of Fez in Morocco and give your eyes a visual treat of the village of Chefchaouen, where its labyrinth-like streets and roads are bathed entirely in shades of blue. These alleyways remain here as its legacy, although the Spanish Jews residing here have migrated to Israel.
3. Amorgos Island, Greece
Greece conjures up images of white and blue so when you come across the picture of the charming town in the Amorgos Island, it seems like a breath of fresh air with its brilliant hues of red, green and yellow interspersed with blue and white.
4. Jodhpur, India
An aerial view of the beautiful city of Jodhpur gives you the feeling as if it has been bathed in a sea of blue. This trend it seems was started by the royalty who painted their palace walls in this colour; it was then followed by the common folk.
5. Havana, Cuba
Apart from the vibrantly coloured vintage Cadillacs, Havana in Cuba is also a multi-hued city—between the 17th and 19th streets you will see the art deco homes belonging to Catalina Lasa and Juan Pedro Baro, with shades of bright pink, blue and yellow.
6. Cinque Terre, Italy
While the four scenic waterfronts that make up Cinque Terre in Italy were struck by a devastating flood in 2011, portions of them still stand out with their picture postcard colours of green, yellow and pink. Vernazza is one such area, which deserves special mention.
7. Valparaiso, Chile
With a wide selection of museums, colonial buildings, churches and cathedrals, the port city of Valparaiso is the historical and cultural epicentre of Chile. What is more fascinating however, is the part of the city that is dotted with multicoloured murals on the streets and the walls of people’s houses. Even when you look at the buildings here, it gives you a feeling that a giant paintbrush has coated them with a rainbow of colours.
8. Melbourne, Australia
Head out for a swim at Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia, an exclusive, beach side suburb, and gasp in awe when you see the very evident and brightly-coloured changing rooms dotting the sands along the beach.
9. Pachuca, Mexico
The minute you set your sight on the numerous houses in the Las Palmitas neighbourhood of Pachuca in Mexico, you will feel as though a bag of Skittles has been scattered across it. The area has been transformed into a gigantic, colourful mural with shades of bright lavender, lime green, orange, and purple.
10. Stockholm, Sweden
Stroll along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town of Stockholm or Gamla Stan and look up at the iconic buildings surrounding the main square or Stortget. Somehow they give you a feel of a gigantic dollhouse or a scene straight out of a Lego township with its bright hues of red, orange, yellow, and green.
11. Buenos Aires, Argentina
As you walk down the pedestrian street of Caminito in the La Boca area of Buenos Aires in Argentina, you cannot help but notice the beautiful murals and graffiti by the local artists. This neighbourhood had been constructed from scrap materials, which included leftover paint, giving the houses here the look as though they have been coloured with a box of crayons.
12. Wroclaw, Poland
Wroclaw is one of the most splendid cities in Poland, with a wide range of attractions and activities for tourists including historic landmarks, cafés, restaurants, and bridges. The most attractive part of the city however, is the numerous rows of colourful houses that brighten up the streets with a new sense of vivaciousness.
13. Bergen, Norway
Apart from the fact that it is a wharf from the Hanseatic period, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen in Norway is a treat for the senses when you walk along the streets lined with unique wooden houses in vivid colours of terracotta, red, white, blue and orange.
14. Menton, France
Walk along the beautiful and picturesque promenade of the pretty town of Menton in France and marvel at the colourful main street, the houses in the surrounding area painted in pastels, as well as the mountains behind that form the backdrop.
15. Capetown, South Africa
You will be forgiven if you think that the foot of Signal Hill is a rainbow, though it is actually a splash of colours that make up the historic Muslim quarter of Bo-Kaap in Cape Town, South Africa. These colourful walls were painted by the slaves from Southeast Asia to mark the end of apartheid.
- Aseem Hattangadi