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