Being a city doesn’t have to mean acres and acres of boring grey concrete, and there are some wonderfully colorful cities that are made so much more appealing for residents and visitors. Perhaps not immediately noticeable at street level, but when seen from a distance, the world’s colorful cities provide amazing views. Please join me for a look.
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Lima is one of the most enchanting and colorful cities in Peru. A bit chaotic – much like the inside of the average woman’s handbag, Lima is an exciting and delightfully alluring city nonetheless. Packed wall to wall with people, noise and some of the most incredible religious sites, some of which date back to the 16th century, it is a city that can be explored right throughout the year. There is always something going on and street parades, festivals, markets and celebrations make this an exciting destination for any traveler.
Guanajuato City, Mexico
The steamy centre of Mexico brings you through the winding alley ways of the quirky and culturally rich city of Guanajuato. With many a myth and legend surrounding the city, there are stories aloft about the fascinating locals and long passed on but not forgotten residents. Tales of woe and joy, love and hate – it’s enough to captivate your heart and soul. But it is not only the colorful city that brings visitors from far and wide, it is the hugely popular International festivals, music, dance and drama performances and cultural showcases that Guanajuato plays host to.
Some 700 years old and sprawling over some 14 different islands perched majestically on the banks of the Baltic Sea, Stockholm is a hugely cosmopolitan city with so much to offer. Breathtaking architecture, fairy tale castles, medieval castles dating back to the 13th century, palaces and historic buildings all scattered between rolling countryside and breeze ruffled lakes – this colorful city has an allure that is impossible to ignore. Captivating and intoxicating, Stockholm is one of those places that you could explore for a lifetime and never even scratch the surface.
As with many colorful cities throughout the world, it is the old part of the city or the old town that captivates visitors the most. And in Valparaiso, the capital city of the same province, there is no exception. Sprawling, colorful, historic and magnificent – there is a delightful array of museums, old colonial buildings, cathedrals, buildings and churches. Valparaiso is also an integral port side city and a welcome stop off for cruise ships – visitors must not visit the city without a trip to the Naval Museum, which has a remarkable showcase of Chile’s history.
Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
Majestic colonial architecture and characteristic Dutch-styled buildings and homes all line the streets and coast line of the southern coast of Curacao in the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Willemstad is the capital of Curacao and is distinctively split into two charismatic regions: the seaside region of Sint Anna Bay sweeping all the way to Schottegat Harbour and the jam-packed city centre with its unusual and quirky architecture all packed on top of one another.
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
One of the oldest cities in all of North America, and one of the most fascinating, St. John’s is the capital city of Newfoundland in Canada. With a history that goes back to the 1400s, evidence of the city’s history can be seen in the remarkable architecture scattered throughout the streets. What builders had available to them at the time dictated what and how the buildings were built – making this one of the most exciting architectural and most colorful cities compared to anywhere else in Canada.
Poland is a fascinating country all on its own account, but Wroclaw has to be one of the most quirky of its cities. With some 200 bridges having been built throughout the city, Wroclaw, the capital of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship province, is an exciting tourist destination. Heaving with enchanting restaurants, cafes, sidewalk coffee shops, boutiques and bakeries all along the leafy Market Square and narrow streets, there are a number of historical and cultural delights to be experienced as well. Affectionately referred to as the Venice of Central Europe, it remains one of the most colorful cities in Poland.
Exciting, vibrant and trendy Utrecht is the fourth largest city in The Netherlands. Sprawling architecture spills out between historic sites, spectacular museums, theatres, magnificent courtyards, enchanting little shops, cafes and excellent restaurants. Part of the beating heart of the vibrant atmosphere is largely due to the huge student population living here. Lots of annual festivals, art showcases and a huge theatre culture are all tied in with this exhilarating and pulsating city.
Ok, so it doesn’t really qualify as a city because of its size but there’s no denying that this is one of the most colorful towns in the world. Right in the heart of the Cinque Terre on the Italian Rivera, brings you to just one of the five small little villages that are located there. Quaintly, they are all connected by a gentle winding walking trail that takes you from Veranazza, to Monterosso al Mare, to Corniglia to Riomaggiore and finally, perched majestically on the rugged coastal cliffs overlooking the sea side, is Manarola. With roots that go right back to the 12th century, there’s an array of different colored houses all appearing to be casually assembled on the cliff face.
Gorgeous aren’t they? This pick of the world’s colorful cities might get you thinking of vacations away from the beach. What do you think?
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