The world’s colorful towns are a charm for visitors and photographers. Many of them look like they are the fertile imagination of a child on the rampage with a box of Crayola such as the mixes of bright hues, ice cream shades and subtle tones. I’ve scoured the continents to bring you some views of the world’s most colorful towns.
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1 Riomaggiore, Italy
Just one of the beautiful colorful towns of Italy. Riomaggiore is one of the famous "cinque terre" - five towns.
2 Cape Town, South Africa
The whole of the district of Bo-Kaap is colorful - including a row of standout beach huts.
3 Fenghuang, China
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The gorgeous town of Fenghaung in Hunan Province is named for the legendary phoenix.
4 Guanajuato, Mexico
Colorful towns in Mexico are as colorful as the Mexican people.
5 Colmar, France
This little gem is in Alsace and is considered the "Capital of Alsatian Wine".
6 Willemstad, Curaçao
Even in the colorful Caribbean Willemstad stands out. This is Handelskade Quay and it's just as bright and beautiful as the rest of the town.
7 Old Town, Dubai
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Palettes don't have to be bright to make a pretty picture.
8 San Pedro, Belize
Is it any wonder this town on Ambergris Caye is one of the most popular destinations in Belize?
9 Menton, France
This charming ancient fishing village is nestled against a hillside on the French Riviera near the border with Italy.
10 Copenhagen, Denmark
It isn't just the quay front that is colorful in the Danish capital
11 Kolmanskop, Namibia
Namibia's ghost town. The elements have not yet eradicated the colors of this forming diamond mining town.
12 Longyearbyen, Norway
They need warm colors this far into the Arctic Circle.
13 Tenby, Wales
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One of the prettiest seaside towns in the UK.
14 Quebec, Canada
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The Old Town is more reminiscent of France than Canada.
15 Prague, Czech Republic
The earthy tones are perfect for the Malá Strana (Lesser Town) of Prague.
16 Raquira, Colombia
It's so fitting that this delightful place is known for its crafts.
17 Landshut, Germany
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The bright houses lighten up the narrow cobbled streets.
18 Mykonos Town, Greece
Just shows you don't need to throw paint around to create a colorful vista.
19 St. John's, Canada
I'm loving that there's a street called Jellybean Row in Canada's oldest city.
20 Manarola, Italy
Oh, so pretty!
21 Kinsale Ireland
The Gourmet Capital of Ireland
22 Jodhpur, India
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You can see why they call it the Blue City.
23 Stockholm, Sweden
This is a district of the Swedish capital known as Gamla Stan.
24 Alexandria, USA
This might well be the smallest house in the US. It is just 7 feet wide and 35 feet long. It sits in the colorful Queen Street area.
25 Chefchaouen, Morocco
The blue streets and houses of this North Moroccan town have been inspiring artists and writers for centuries.
26 Jaipur, India
The Palace of the Winds is just one of the fabulous buildings in Rajasthan's "Pink City"
27 Buenos Aires, Argentina
The painted houses are the stand out feature in La Boca neighborhood.
28 Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
The bright colored houses are a welcome sight through the snows of the bleak winter.
29 Gdansk, Poland
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Typical bright hues of architecture in the ports of Northern Europe.
30 Istanbul, Turkey
Balat is the old Jewish quarter of one of the world's oldest and most cosmopolitan cities.
31 Miami, USA
The ice cream colors of South Beach Miami are one of the most recognizable sights in the US.
32 Valparaíso, Chile
If you go, you really should check out some of the lengthy steps - they're amazing - so brightly colored. The piano Steps are a particular favorite.
33 Burano, Italy
Burano is one of the four stunning islands that sit in the Venetian Lagoon.
34 Tokyo, Japan
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Shibuya. By day - a normal busy thoroughfare in a shopping district. By night - spectacular
35 Salvador, Brazil
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Pelourinho owes its palette to a cultural revival project. Today, it is a center for the arts.
36 Taichung, Taiwan
This has the most romantic story. The Rainbow Village was created by a former military man - Huang Yung-Fu to prevent his neighborhood's planned demolition. It worked!
37 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan is Puerto Rico's oldest settlement. Luckily, the brightly painted alleys and blue cobblestone streets are subject to strict regulation to preserve them.
38 Melbourne, Australia
The brightly painted huts are a major feature of Melbourne's beaches.
39 Havana, Cuba
Havana’s Old Town is the only place in the world where you can only have a car if it matches your house! (tee hee)
Did you have a favorite among these fabulously colored towns? Have you been to anywhere else you’d recommend?
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