Nyhavn section of Copenhagen, Denmark.Nyhavn section of Copenhagen, Denmark.Nyhavn section of Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo: LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock)

The world's most colorful neighborhoods

These 'hoods will have you wide-eyed and awestruck over their brilliant use of color.

You know the old saying, "let's paint the town red"? Well, whoever designed these neighborhoods apparently took that phrase literally. These neighborhoods around the world are teeming with color, evoking an air of vibrance and character and ensuring prime photo op potential. And speaking of photo op, here are our favorite picks for the world's most colorful 'hoods.

Bruges, Belgium

Panoramic view of Market Square in Bruges in a beautiful summer day, Belgium on June 14, 2016Markt Square in Bruges, Belgium. (Photo: S-F/Shutterstock)

Bruges, a city in northwest Belgium made famous by the movie starring Irish actor Colin Farrell, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. The photo shows a bustling Markt Square.

Charleston, S.C.

Rainbow Row Charleston South Carolina homes on a streetHomes in one section of Charleston, S.C. are known as "Rainbow Row" because of their brilliant color scheme. (Photo: Charles Curtis/Shutterstock)

The aptly named Rainbow Row neighborhood of historic Charleston, S.C., is marked by 13 Georgian-style residences on East Bay Street painted in cheerful pastels in the 1930s and '40s.

Jaffa, Israel

The old town of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, Israel, is full of colorful cozy cafes, offering the best dishes of the local cuisine.The old town of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, Israel, is full of colorful cozy cafes, offering the best dishes of the local cuisine. (Photo: eFesenko/Shutterstock)

Sometimes a fruit stand is just a fruit stand. Other times, it looks like this. Really, is it possible for a sign to be appetizing? In Israel's historic Jaffa neighborhood, the architecture is as vibrant as the wares within.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The colorful canal in Copenhagen.The colorful canal in Copenhagen. (Photo: Stig Alenas/Shutterstock)

In true Scandinavian fashion, the facades of many of Copenhagen's downtown buildings are painted bright, fanciful colors. They also cast a whimsical reflection on the river below, as seen in this photo from the city's Nyhavn waterfront.

Cork, Ireland

County Cork Ireland The central district of Cork, just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is on an island in the River Lee. (Photo: Ismail Didona)

Narrow streets, narrow sidewalks, breathtaking architecture. Often dwarfed by Dublin, its larger neighbor to the north, the Irish city of Cork is a hidden gem of pastel-colored buildings along a stunning riverfront.

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw Old Town at evening, PolandPoland's Warsaw Old Town at evening. (Photo: lukaszimilena/Shutterstock)

The picturesque Old Town section of Warsaw has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. Not surprisingly, it's also one of the Polish city's most popular tourist attractions.

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

The cupola of San Juan Cemetery overlooks the ocean in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)The cupola of San Juan Cemetery overlooks the ocean in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The old city of San Juan is a historic district of seven square blocks made up of ancient buildings and colonial homes, massive stone walls and vast fortifications, sunny parks and cobblestoned streets. To many, it's now also a cruise and vacation destination.

Guanajuato, Mexico

 Iglesia de San Roque Market Mercado Hidalgo Guanajuato, MexicoThe historic town of Guanajuato, Mexico. (Photo: Bill Perry/Shutterstock)

The Colonial-era central Mexican city of Guanajuato is marked by narrow and winding streets and a seemingly endless palette of colors.

Willemstad, Curacao

Colorful waterfront architecture on the island of CuracaoColorful waterfront architecture on the island of Curacao. (Photo: Darryl Brooks/Shutterstock)

This tiny tropical paradise has Dutch origins, which explains the European facade that blends quite nicely with the tranquil greenery. Curacao's Willemstad neighborhood boasts brightly painted buildings and a gorgeous waterfront.

Burano, Venetian Lagoon, Italy

A row of houses in Burano, an island in the Venetian lagoon. A row of houses in Burano, an island in the Venetian lagoon. (Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Burano, on Italy's Venetian Lagoon, is known for its small, brightly painted houses. The colors of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development.

Tel Aviv, Israel

A building by the beach in Tel Aviv.A building by the beach in Tel Aviv. (Photo: rasika108/Shutterstock)

Tel Aviv has become internationally famous for its huge tech scene. But it's more than just that. The city by the sea is full of colorful beaches, a vibrant night life and a dynamic Mediterranean metropolis that's become a hip locale and on a number of "best of" lists of cities to visit around the world.

Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Tuebingen neighborhood in Baden-Wurrtemburg, Germany.Tübingen neighborhood in Baden-Wurrtemburg, Germany. (Photo: LaMiaFotografia/Shutterstock)

Tübingen's old town in the state of Baden-Wurrtemburg boasts a growing domestic tourism business as visitors come to wander through one of the few completely intact historic old towns in Germany. Tübingen's crooked cobblestone lanes and narrow-stair alleyways surround the well-maintained traditional houses.

Santorini, Greece

Whites and pastels dot the cityscape of Santorini, Greece.Whites and pastels dot the cityscape of Santorini, Greece. (Photo: science photo/Shutterstock)

Who knew white could be so ... colorful? In the Greek isles, the Cycladic style of architecture rules the day, creating a sophisticated yet varied effect on the island of Santorini. The majestic hills and beachfront views don't hurt, either.

Old Havana, Cuba

Old Havana, Cuba.Old Havana, Cuba. (Photo: Diego Grandi/Shutterstock)

Considering it's been around since 1519, the Cuban capital of Havana is undoubtedly aging well. In the oldest section of town, laundry hangs from balconies and a retro taxi seems to coordinate perfectly.


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