Bored with the regular steel and glass skyscrapers? Take a look at some of the planet’s most colourful cities that are incredibly popular with the tourists, encouraging them to capture their bright coloured beauty in their cameras.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
A lot to do with South Africa’s reinvention as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, Bo-Kaap is among the oldest and the most fascinating residential areas in Cape Town. Located on the slopes of Signal Hills, this tiny town is known for its beautifully coloured and perfectly decorated buildings and houses. These bright and cheerful colours of the houses are symbolic of the hard earned emancipation from racial discrimination. Owners’ painting their houses in bright colours was a way of expressing their happiness and joy.
Saint John, Canada
One of the oldest planned cities in Canada, Saint John is a popular tourist attraction. Giving the city a distinctive character are the vibrantly coloured row houses and candy coloured structures. Beginning as a local tradition in the early 1970s, these brightly painted houses helped fishermen and sailors spot their houses even through thick fog and bad weather. Most of these multicoloured houses can be found in the ‘Jellybean Row’.
La Boca, Argentina
As colourful as a rainbow, La Boca is a tiny town located in the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Famed for its traditionally coloured wooden houses, the city is a popular tourist attraction in the country. The city got its “colours”, following the age old tradition where the ‘poor’ dock workers would build their houses using cast away ship building materials and painting them using the leftover paint. Today these painted houses act as the identity of the owner. Most of these buildings also have cardboard cut outs and paper made statues of prominent figures hanging out from the windows and balconies.
A tiny archipelago of four islands connected by bridges, Burano is a classic example of fascinating city decor and architectural wonder.
A former fishing village, the city is adorned with some beautifully colourful houses and buildings believed to have painted in different colours by fishermen to be able to spot their houses even in thick fog. It is this stunning, eye catching colour scheme of the houses in the city that distinguishes Burano from its not so vibrant neighbours. Murals and other wall paintings in the city are quite impressive as well.
Featuring buildings and structures dating back to the early 16th century, Trinidad has a beautiful array of different hues and shades picked straight from a rainbow. Largely reflecting the colonial architecture and design, most buildings in the city are painted with bold and contrasting colours. Conveying the identity of the owner, houses here are mostly coloured in shades of indigo.
A popular Dutch Caribbean Island, Willemstad is yet another rainbow city. It features a row of bright and colourful buildings and houses nestled along the waters. These beautifully painted houses trace their origin to the early 19th century when the locals in the city were said to be suffering from migraine looking at the pale white buildings! By the order of the then Governor General, every house was painted in a different colour.
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Famed for its popular Rainbow Row, Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in South Carolina. This beautiful array of colourful historic houses painted in different bright hues is a popular tourist attraction in the state. The prime reason behind colouring the walls of the houses was to help the drunken soldiers spot their homes during foggy winter nights. Apart from the coloured houses, wall painting, graffiti and murals are other attractions for the visitors here.
With rich history and a majestic charm, Wroclaw is one of the most vibrant cities in the south-western part of Poland.
Majorly build during the early colonial era, the city is adorned with some beautifully painted rainbow coloured buildings decorated with murals and wall art. Apart from the homes, cages, shops, ancient complexes, bridges and other structures in Wroclaw are painted with different colours.
Valparaiso is a popular tourist destination in Chile. Situated close to the port, the city is famous for its delightfully painted houses and buildings alongside stunning murals and wall arts. Traditionally painted to help sailors and merchants spot their homes in the night, these buildings are major attraction in the city.