Pastel-colored houses, buildings painted in charming hues of blue… these picturesque cities look like something straight out of a fairy tale.
Explore vacation ideas from some of our favorite colorful cities below - which will you travel to first?
History and beauty!
The streets of Cartagena are as colorful as its history (we’re talking pirates!). A stroll through the Old City reveals colonial mansions bedecked in shades from dazzling turquoise to subdued salmon.
Known as the "blue pearl."
It’s hard not to feel at peace during a walk through the pastel blue streets of Chefchaouen. A visit to the spice market is especially stunning; the muted walls come to life against the satchels of opulent herbs and spices.
Colors & canals!
Both locals and visitors to Denmark’s capital city flock to the path alongside the Nyhavn. Enjoy picturesque views of the canal, which is surrounded by colorful townhouses from the 17th and 18th century.
A gem of the Italian Riviera.
Pastel houses cascading down hilled cities, Italy’s Cinque Terre is a sight to behold. Translated literally to “five lands,” this grouping of seaside villages has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Visit the whimsical Park Guell.
Unlike most of the cities on this list, Barcelona’s pops of colors are sprinkled throughout the city, hidden behind gates and inside Cathedrals. Antoni Gaudi’s Park Guell is not to be missed for those looking for a picturesque view of the city surrounded by mosaics in hues ranging from pink to green.
All that glitters is gold.
Known as the birthplace of Mexican Independence, this stunning city first began to thrive in the 1500s thanks to its overabundance of silver and gold deposits. The vibrantly colored buildings add a special touch to already extraordinary city!
"The Pearl of France."
One of the best kept secrets of the French Riviera, the town of Menton is a seaside dream. Pastel-colored buildings line the streets of the old town for a setting straight out of a fairytale.
Beauty in the Venetian Lagoon.
While some may find Venice’s architecture dreary and gray, visitors to the nearby island of Burano are in for a celebration for the senses.