Ever find yourself gazing out of your office window to grey skies and even greyer buildings? Welcome to city life. But there are some corners of the world that are singing to a different tune with colorful walls lining the streets instead of the usual concrete that we’re used to. So we’ve scoured the world searching for the world’s most beautifully colored cities and towns…
Morocco is brimming with intruiging culture and vibrancy, from Marrakech to Essaouira. But another lesser known city has caught our attention lately, with it’s distinct blue hues standing out in striking contrast from the surrounding arid landscape.
A fusion of iconic Andalusian architecture and Moroccan charm, Chefchaouen is one of the best places in the country for a real sense of authenticity. It’s rich in history, having been founded in 1471, and the views over the tranquil Rif Mountains are sure to rival many a city view. Head to Plaza Uta el-Hammam to browse for trinkets – its unmistakable kasbah forms the heart of the city. Find out more about the blue city here.
An island situated in the Venice Lagoon, Burano is famed for its artistic creations from the iconic Venetian masks to the stunning Burano glass and intricate lace. But it’s not just the creative exports that we love, it’s the perfectly decorated houses that line the streets bringing the island to life; the town’s aesthetic is of such high importance that if someone wants to paint their home a different colour, they have to send a request to the goverment who will send a list of the colours allowed for that specific house. Find out more here.
Situated just outside of the bustling hub Medellín and surrounded by Antioquia’s green hills and fresh water lakes, it’s both the peaceful natural surroundings and the vibrant cobbled streets that have us hooked on this small yet culturally rich town. Climb to the top of El Peñon rock for 360 degree breathtaking views of the city and spend the day browsing the street markets for Colombian snacks and beautifully decorated treasures. Get in touch to find out more.
A Barrio (neighbourhood) of the capital city Buenos Aires, La Boca is famed for it’s brightly coloured walls and puppets that hang from many of the windows. It’s also one of the best places to go to watch local dances perform the Tango, head to the Caminito, where almost everything is Tango themed (in a good way) to watch authentic performances against the colourful backdrop. Find out more here.
There’s a few stories around to explain the iconic blue walls of Rajasthan’s second largest city. One theory is that Brahmin families painted the homes with a deep blue wash (a colour that denotes royalty) to stand out from the masses, whereas another suggests that these blue homes got their colour from a copper-sulphate wash slathered on the walls to repel termites and mosquitoes. Either way, this is one of the most architecturally stunning cities in India, topped off with the Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the blue city. Get in touch to find out more.
An area of Cape Town formerly known as the Malay Quarter, Bo-Kaap is situated on the slopes of Signall Hill above the city centre and is lined with brightly (almost fluorescent) coloured houses built in the 17th and 19th centuries along the cobbled streets. It’s a particularly sought after district of Cape Town due to its unique beauty, but it’s also home to an array of rich history, including the Bo-Kaap Museum and some of the most beautiful mosques in Africa, including the first established Muslim Mosque in South Africa. Find out more here.