If you love travelling you know that there’s a lot of things that influence your opinion of a certain city. The general vibe of the place is probably the most important thing. You want to understand what it’s like to live here and what the people are like. The cultural element is definitely up there too, cause when you travel you want to explore new cultures. The architecture is inevitably something that will make a lasting impression and this is where we get to color. Because sure, some buildings can impress you with their height or size or they style they were built in, but a lot of the time just adding a bit of color can totally change the mood of the whole city and make it more fun and inviting. So let’s take a look at some of the world’s most colorful cities to travel to.
1. Chefchaouen, Morocco
The gorgeous city of Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains of Northwest Morocco and it’s known for the vivid blue color of its buildings. Even though it’s just one color, the blue wash on the buildings makes the city look different in different weather and time of day. The reason behind the blue color of the buildings is the large Jewish population that came her as refugees in the 30s. In Judaism blue is the color that symbolizes the heavens above and to this day it reminds people of Chefchaouen to keep their spirits high. As a bonus, the blue color tends to keep the mosquitos away cause they just think it’s water.
2. Burano, Italy
Burano is a small island in the province of Venice, Italy. These days the city gets quite a few tourists because of the colorful buildings and photo opportunities, but it’s still mainly a working class fisherman island. That’s actually where the tradition of painting the buildings different colors came from. Fishermen found it hard to see their buildings in the fog, so they chose to paint them bright colors to make the process of getting home easier. You might think the colors are chosen at random but nowadays there’s a strict color scheme is place and if a citizen of Burano wants to paint their building they have to submit a request to the government and wait for a reply that will tell which color you’re allowed to paint your house.
3. Ilulissat, Greenland
Ilulissat is a city in western Greenland that’s known for its Icefjord and the huge icebergs that you can see here. Considering most of Greenland is covered with ice and it’s icy and cold here year round it makes sense that the people of Ilulissat decided to paint their houses in vivid colors to make everything seem more cheerful. Back in the day there was a system where every color meant something. Yellow was reserved for hospitals, blue for fish factories and red for commercial buildings but these days it much more colorful and wacky.