Color and inspiration are two sides of the same medal. And there is no better source of inspiration than what’s around us.
The planet we live on is an immense palette, especially if you look at the World’s most colorful cities and neighborhoods. Here’s our top 15.
#1 Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
As one of the five villages of the Cinque Terre National Park in Italy, Manarola is known for its maze of colorful houses built on the slopes of a beautiful cliff.
#2 Jodhpur, India
Blue is the color of Jodhpur in India. No doubt about that. It began with the Brahmins (upper class people) painting their homes royal blue to mark their status, but over time everyone followed creating this breathtaking effect.
#3 Valparaiso, Chile
Valparaiso, aka “The Jewel of the Pacific”, isn’t just one of the world’s most colorful cities, it was also home of the famous poet Pablo Neruda for a while.
#4 Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the World and Bo-Kaap is one of its many hidden jewels. This neighborhood is made of bright buildings, from sunshine yellow to fuchsia.
#5 Portobello Road, London, England
London has many colorful streets, but Portobello will fill your heart with inspiration, thanks to its rainbow buildings and enchanting energy.
#6 Longyearbyen, Norway
Sometimes you’ve got to go to the edge of civilization to find inspiration. Literarily. Longyearbyen, with its cute colorful wooden houses, is the World’s northernmost town.
#7 Trinidad, Cuba
This 16th century city is known for the triumph of nature-inspired and bright colors. Its succession of ocean blue, sugarcane green and sunshine yellow buildings creates a truly stunning effect.
#8 San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Of course one of the World’s most colorful cities is in Mexico. After all, this Nation is famous for its use of color. Located in the middle of the Jovel Valley, San Cristobal is a small jewel.
#9 Burano, Italy
One short ferry ride from Venice, Burano is one of the beautiful islands that surround the city. The colors of the houses are regulated by the government. So, if you want to paint your home, first you must submit a formal request to receive a set of acceptable colors from which to choose.
#10 Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia
The coral reef is not the only colorful sight in Australia. Brighton’s bathing boxes on the beach show off some pretty neat shades.
#11 Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil
Part of the historic district of Salvador, Pelourinho was painted as an initiative of cultural revival. And it worked: today it’s a thriving artistic and musical pole.
#12 Wroclaw, Poland
Named “European Capital of Culture” in 2016, Wroclaw has lived a very turbulent past. Going from one supremacy to another, it has maintained a very strong personality, that you can see in its buildings.
#13 La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sometimes randomness makes the most gorgeous combinations. In fact, this kaleidoscopic street was created when people had to paint their homes with whatever leftover paint was left in the local shipyard.
#14 Júzcar, Spain
Unlike other cities that have historical reasons for their vibrant colors, Júzcar has a more modern explanation: the almighty Hollywood. Yes, Sony Pictures painted this city blue as a publicity stunt for the release of The Smurfs 3D.
#15 St. John’s, Canada
The provincial capital of Newfoundland is most famous for the row of colorful Victorian homes that lead to the St. John’s Harbour.