Colors everywhere. The Most Magical and Picturesque Cities in the World
A dull gray colour prevails in the streets of literally all cities of the planet. Tired townspeople can only dream that once their streets shine bright colours, making the atmosphere more cheerful. But still there exist some cities, whose inhabitants have no concept of similar thoughts and experiences, because they live in a real fairy-tale. Colourful cities are found in all corners of the world and amaze with their fascinating architecture, interesting traditions and legends. The whirlpool of bright colours on their streets has long become a familiar phenomenon. Locals are proud of their traditions and diligently support the appearance of colourful areas. Wherever a colourful town is, one thing's for sure - it is distinguished by a fantastic and happy atmosphere, where one feel like staying forever.
In Morocco, on the slopes of the Reef Mountains, is a wonderful city of Chefchaouen. Its main attraction are old houses, whose walls are traditionally painted blue. This interesting tradition is associated with the first settlers of these places, the Jews. In the second half of the 15th century. Fleeing from the Spanish Inquisition, they founded a small settlement in the mountains. Despite the fact that the first tenants left their ancient stone houses long ago, the tradition to paint the walls in blue remained.
The history of the city is very interesting. Until 1920 it remained closed to foreigners. From the time of its founding and until this time the city was visited by only three foreigners. Partly, that's why Chefchaouen has been able to preserve its unique culture and original way of life. Today the city is popular with foreign tourists, especially with travellers from Spain. The fact is that many locals speak Spanish. Traditions that were established in the colonial times had a significant influence in gastronomic traditions of the city.
Experienced travellers recommend visiting the fabulous "blue city" in April or early May. At this time you can see a lot of flowering plants in the streets. Beautiful flowers in pots adorn the facades of old houses and narrow streets, giving them an even more fabulous look. In cloudy weather, the city is often enveloped in clouds. Many tourists visit Chefchaouen specifically to make spectacular photos. The population of the city is relatively small and is about 36 000 people. It is through the efforts of local residents that it is possible to maintain its architecture in its original state. Next - Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Another city that is able to impress with the abundance of colours on its streets is Cape Town, more precisely, its historical district Bo-Cap. Today, this residential area of Cape Town is considered a real open-air museum, and all due to amazing colorful houses. The district acquired its present appearance quite recently. Local people began painting their houses in the 90s of the last century. Such changes happened due to the long-awaited end of apartheid. The appearance of the historical district is unique and is a symbolic reminder of an important event in the history of Cape Town. Complete article
In Spain there is an amazing city of Juscar, which is known to many as "Village of Smurfs". This amazing town, located in the picturesque mountainous region of Andalusia, can be called fabulous in every sense of the word. It was here that in 2011 the shooting of the regular film about small blue men - smurfs, took place. Especially for shooting, all 175 houses, as well as a church and a cemetery located on its territory, were repainted blue Complete article
Travellers who consider the landscapes of northern cities to be monotonous and dull should visit the Norwegian city of Longyearbyen. For many tourists this town is famous for its colorful architecture, all its houses are painted in various colours. At the same time, Longyearbyen is a landmark of world significance not only for this reason. It is in this city that the Global Seed Vault is located - a place where seeds of all agricultural crops cultivated on the planet are kept. Complete article
St Johns, Canada
In Canada, those who wish to stroll through the colourful fairy-tale streets should go to the town of St. John's. The center of this city can be called the brightest place in the country. On the slopes of the hills, old houses were painted in bright colours, and from afar, resemble a scattering of chocolate pellets covered with colourful glaze. Local residents were so pleased with such associations, that they called the quay of the colorful district Jellybean Row, "The Candy Street". Complete article
An Italian island of Procida is unique in all respects. It is one of the oldest resorts in the world. The main symbol of the miniature islet is its embankment, along which lovely houses of all shades of the rainbow are located. It is this part of the island that can be seen on postcards and souvenirs. In contrast to the water surface and dazzling blue sky, bright houses look simply unique. Complete article
In France on the Cote d'Azur is a famous resort of Menton, among whose main attractive features are not only picturesque beaches. In this city, local residents have a good tradition - to paint the facades of their houses in bright colors. They are the creators of one of the main city attractions themselves. The colourful city has an unofficial name, within the country it is often called the "Capital of lemons". Complete article
The Greek island of Amorgos is located not far from the more famous island of Santorini and has started to attract the tourists relatively recently. In addition to the enchanting beaches of unspoiled nature, the island is characterized by a unique architecture. Its streets are made of incredibly beautiful houses with snow-white walls. Wooden windows and doors are painted differently. Different plants and flowers that locals breed in pots give the urban streets even more magic look. Complete article
Valparaiso is probably one of the most unusual cities not only in Chile, but also in the whole Latin America. The city is located on a hard-to-reach hill, so old cable cars are considered one of the landmarks of Valparaiso. Funicular rides are one of the favourite entertainments for tourists. Some parts of the city are reachable exclusively by air. Another landmark of the city are historic streets with majestic, colorful villas. It will be difficult to find a more fantastic and fabulous place in Chile. Complete article
San Francisco, United States
Many modern tourists associate the city of San Francisco in the state of California with magnificent skyscrapers, expensive hotels and restaurants, as well as huge shopping centers. Only a few know how magical and picturesque the historic district of San Francisco is. Its main decorations are chic villas, whose facades are painted in bright colors. Complete article
The Mexican city of Guanajuato is the capital of the eponymous state. It is famous for its unique Mummies Museum. Locals call Guanajuato 'Silver City' due to its large deposits of iron and precious metals. A large industrial city in the past, nowadays, Guanajuato is considered to be one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico, the main value of which is a unique architecture. Complete article
In the Venetian lagoon is an amazing Burano island, which is usually regarded as a single tourist attraction. The main feature of the islet, the whole territory of which is cut by canals, are colorful houses of local residents. Known for its unique architecture, the city hides many secrets, so, until now, the history of the appearance of its name is considered unknown. According to one of the versions, the city on the island was founded by a family named Buriano, from which eventually the name of the settlement occurred. Complete article
Many travelers who have once visited the Brazilian city of El Salvador, will never forget the atmosphere of happiness and joy reigning in it. The Brazilian city has no equal in the number of festivals, carnivals and incendiary parties. It is not surprising that this is the city where the most colorful street decoration takes place. Since ancient times, the facades of houses here are usually painted in bright colors, which makes the appearance of strict historical structures simply inimitable. Complete article
In Peru, there is a city that can surprise with its colorful architecture and incredible landscapes. This is the capital of the state, the city of Lima, a significant part of which is located on the slope of an extinct volcano. Located in an environment of gloomy volcanic landscapes, city streets literally explode with bright colours, each of Lima's miniature houses is unique. Complete article
Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
The charming town of Willemstad is situated in the Netherlands Antilles. The old town, which was founded in the first half of the 17th century, is a capital of the island of Curacao and attracts travellers first of all due to a spacious and very well preserved historical district. Complete article