Millions of cities have been built in the world, and each of them has its own flavor: some fit perfectly into the natural landscape, others are famous for historical buildings or ultra-modern skyscrapers. And there are those who are known … for color, or rather, a riot of colors and shades, collected side by side with each other. Your attention 15 of the most colorful places on the planet, created by man.
1. La Boca area (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Few people know that the most vibrant area of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, is its birthplace. It was there that Pedro de Mendoza founded it in 1536. However, it became multi-colored only in the century before last, when Italian emigrants settled there. And although since that time the composition of the population of La Boca has repeatedly undergone changes, the tradition of painting houses in bright saturated colors has been preserved here today.
2. Stortorget Square (Stockholm, Sweden)
The Swedish capital has its own bright corner, which, quite logically, bears the title of one of the most photographed places by tourists. We are talking about colorful houses on Stortorget Square, which literally is replete with historical buildings. In fairness, it is worth clarifying that there are quite a few such multi-colored facades throughout Stockholm, but in such a cluster they are located only in one place.
3. Longyearbyen (Norway)
Considering the fact that northern landscapes can be quite dull at certain times of the year, it is not surprising that the inhabitants of the Norwegian city on Spitsbergen called Longyearbyen decided to paint the facades of their homes in bright juicy colors. At the same time, this settlement is known for at least two other titles: the northernmost city on the planet with a population of more than a thousand people, as well as the place where the World Seed Vault was laid, where a stock of seeds of agricultural crops from all over the world is stored.
4. El Alto (Bolivia)
The location on the slopes of the Alps did not prevent the Bolivian city of El Alto from obtaining the status of one of the brightest and most interesting cities. And all thanks to the enthusiasm and support of the local residents of the young architect Freddie Mamani Sylvester. It was he who came up with the idea to paint the city in bright colors, and to give some buildings a fantastic, unusual look.
5. Chefchaouen (Morocco)
Sometimes, in order to attract tourists from all over the world to their city, and just to please their own eyes, local residents only need to use one color to paint the facades of buildings. This is exactly what the population of the Moroccan city of Chefchaouen, which has been wearing a sky blue color for many years, decided so. Depending on the time of day and the position of the Sun, the shade of the walls may appear light blue or deep blue. But the roofs of houses, on the contrary, are painted in warm orange or brick colors in order to more strongly shade the cold blue color of the walls.
6. Reykjavik (Iceland)
Iceland is another example of how a person tries to dilute the harsh northern landscapes with bright colors. In fact, there you can find more than one settlement with multi-colored facades, but the capital of the state is confidently leading both in the number of such houses and in popularity. This is not surprising, because it is Reykjavik that is the largest tourist center in Iceland. And the trend of painting houses appeared there relatively recently, when local residents had the opportunity to diversify the appearance of their houses, which for many decades before, after being treated with tar to increase the durability of wood, usually had a black or gray color.
7. Procida (Italy)
The small town of Procida is known not only as one of the oldest resorts on the planet: according to Novate.ru, the first vacationers appeared here at least two thousand years ago. A modern feature of the city is its colorfulness, because locals often painted their houses in a variety of colors. There are especially many such dwellings on the embankment, which makes this place even more picturesque and attractive for tourists.
8. Amorgos (Greece)
But the locals of the island of Amorgos use a riot of colors on their streets in a strictly metered manner: they really paint doors and windows in bright shades, but the houses themselves remain dazzling white. This combination just fits perfectly into the landscape of the Greek resort, so it is not surprising that every year this place is becoming more and more popular among tourists.
9. Menton (France)
The small French resort town of Menton is one of the most popular holiday destinations in peace and mild climate. Warm, but not hot weather is there all year round, so there is nothing surprising in the fact that locals paint their houses in the same warm, cheerful shades. By the way, perhaps due to the surrounding atmosphere, Menton has one honorary title: in this city, the French can boast the longest life expectancy in the state.
10. St. John's (Canada)
Not spared a riot of colors and cool expanses of Canada. The most colorful place in this country is rightfully considered the central part of St. John's. The settlement stretches along the slope, which is why the bright facades of the houses, painted in many shades, whimsically set off each other, giving the city a kind of fabulousness. And at the St. John's embankment, with the light hand of local residents, a funny nickname appeared - Candy Street. Moreover, the historical part of the city has been in such a bright state since the Victorian era.
11. Anadyr (Russia)
In the domestic open spaces, you can also find a place that its inhabitants decided to diversify in attempts to dilute the harsh landscape of the permafrost zone. We are talking about the administrative center of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, which, moreover, also bears the title of the easternmost city of Russia, Anadyr. Moreover, unlike most of the aforementioned settlements, the locals have gone even further - they not only paint the walls of their houses in bright colors, but also allow artists to showcase their talents, turning the huge facade of the building into a full-fledged work of art - a portrait or landscape.
12. Nyhavn (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Copenhagen is a rather old city and full of historical buildings. But the locals decided not to stop there: they paint the old facades in bright colors. There are especially many of them in the Nyhavn area. Actually, it was this area that for a long time was the residence of the famous Hans Christian Andersen - perhaps the bright colors that surrounded it gave their share of inspiration to create his literary masterpieces.
13. Clifton (Bristol, UK)
It seems that in the British Isles, among the fog and rain, all the buildings are also gray, and they differ only in the color of the doors. But the Clifton area in Briston is literally the most striking exception to this trend. In this place, the facade of each house is individual, because it is painted in its own color. At the same time, they are slightly muffled and do not put too much pressure on the eyes.
14. Willemstad (Curacao, Netherlands)
Willemstad is the administrative center of the self-governing state entity of Curacao, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is located in the southern region of the Caribbean. This city is almost four centuries old, so it is not surprising that there you can find a huge number of examples of the most diverse architecture. However, local residents decided to diversify the historical buildings with color: many houses in the city are painted with bright colors.
15. Bo Kaap (Cape Town, South Africa)
Although Africa is called the green continent, the small area of Bo-Kaap, located on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town, proves that many other colors are also inherent in this continent. The tradition of painting facades with bright colors dates back to the days of the "Malay Quarter" - this is what Bo-Kaap was called in the past, because visiting Muslims from Malaysia and Indonesia settled there en masse. So they began to paint their houses in different colors, as a symbol of the abolition of racial discrimination.
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