Drench yourself in the colourful charm of some of the world's most vibrant locations
Take a look on any Pinterest travel board and you’re bound to find some of the world’s most colourful holiday destinations. From Italy’s vibrant Cinque Terre to the pastel-coloured old town of Poland’s Wrocław, colourful vistas appear to draw crowds. We’ve rounded up some of the most vibrant must-see destinations to add to your travel list.
A port city on Chile’s coastline, Valparaiso’s maze of hills – filled to the brim with colourful buildings – has long-inspired poets and writers.
There’s so much to discover in this city – from hidden art galleries to multiple restaurants and bars, with vibrant street art around every corner.
Drawing a fun-loving crowd, it’s under 90 minutes to drive to from Chile’s main airport in Santiago, making it a popular destination for weary long-haul travellers and Chileans alike.
Picturesque and punctuated with colourful details, Santorini has become one of the most covetable destinations in Greece.
Whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets are dotted with rich blues, splashes of terracotta and powerful pinks from the bougainvillea that grows around pretty doorways and unassuming corners.
The colours here are magical at any time of day. Soak up the sun from a terrace bar, or take in the beautiful sunsets that leave hillside towns drenched in a golden glow.
Poland’s fourth largest city flies somewhat under the holidaymakers’ radar in comparison to capital Warsaw and weekend break go-to Krakow. But its colourful facade and rich history makes it a must-see.
The Old Town is the place to absorb the city’s vibrancy. Enjoy a beer in the square surrounded with buildings painted in pastel-coloured hues to reflect the youthful and creative vibe.
Alternatively, head to the outskirts on a warm evening to join the crowds of fun-seekers soaking up the atmosphere next to the river Oder.
Brightening up Italy’s rugged coastline is the famous Cinque Terre – a series of old seaside villages filled with colourful buildings including.
Amongst them is Manarola, bursting with pinks, greens and yellows. It’s said that the town’s fishermen painted their houses in colourful shades so they could spot them out at sea.
Whatever the reason, it’s one of the most Instagrammed parts of Italy as a result – and well worth a visit.
Chefchaouen in north-west Morocco is nicknamed the country’s ‘blue pearl’ thanks to the old town’s countless walls (and floors) drenched in dazzling azure blue.
Its colourful characteristics and abundance of local artisans have helped it gain popularity as an eye-catching shopping destination, whilst still managing to maintain its authenticity.
There are multiple theories about why the old town was painted blue. They include the use of the colour as a mosquito repellent, and to symbolise heaven and the skies to remind inhabitants to lead a spiritual life.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
One of the most photographed areas of Cape Town, Bo-Kaap is a feast for the eyes. There’s no holding back here – fluorescent pinks, greens and yellows fizz from the streets.
Known as the Malay quarter, the area sits on the fringe of the city. Back in the 1760s, the houses here were leased to slaves – and originally coloured white. It’s thought that they were painted in bright colours to symbolise freedom at the end of Apartheid.
Zhangye National Geo Park, China
Known as China’s ‘rainbow mountains’, Zhangye National Park is one of the top geographical wonders of the world. It’s a breathtaking view, with colourful stripes formed from layers of minerals and sandstone.
Different colour combinations can be seen all around the park, so you’ll be spoilt for striking spots to snap.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Famed for its idyllic beaches and friendly local, this island off Cancún’s coastline is a colourful place to explore.
At just five miles long, most choose to disover it by bicycle or foot. It’s a great way to take in the brightly-coloured buildings sporadically dotted around the island.
And once you’re filled to the brim with colour? Head to one of the white sandy beaches for a spot of snorkelling and a siesta.