7 Most Colorful Neighborhoods in Cities Around the World

Do you want a splash of color on your next vacation to liven up your photographs? Look no further than these boldly hued neighborhoods in cities around the world. From rainbow row houses to blue streets, there’s certainly no lack of pigment in these spots.


1. Burano, Venice

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Courtesy of Flickr/Tommie Hansen

This island, just a 40-minute vaporetti ride from the main Venice attractions, is known for its brightly colored homes. The colors are carefully regulated—any homeowner that wishes to paint his or her house must register with the government, which will send back a list of approved colors.

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2. Old Town, Colmar, France

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Courtesy of Flickr/IsoBrown

Seemingly plucked from a fairytale, the Old Town section of Colmar is filled with half-timbered medieval buildings painted in pastel hues.

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3. Downtown, St. John’s, Canada

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Courtesy of Flickr/Russ2009

While these bright homes are referred to as Jellybean Row, they’re actually found all over downtown St. John’s. Legend has it that the homes were painted so vibrantly so that fisherman could see the shore in foggy weather.

4. Maafushi, Maldives

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Surrounded by turquoise seas, the Maldivian island of Maafushi has plenty of fun, candy-colored buildings in its town, making it an Instagram paradise.

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5. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

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Courtesy of Flickr/South African Tourism

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, this hillside neighborhood has been a melting pot of cultures for years. Visit the Bo-Kaap Museum, located in the oldest house in the area, which highlights the neighborhood’s history, particularly regarding the early Muslim settlers.

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6. Gamcheon, Busan, South Korea

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Courtesy of Flickr/Tony

Nicknamed the Machu Picchu of Busan and Korea’s Santorini, this artsy cultural district is filled with bright homes. Though the homes have long been painted in pastel hues, the murals and sculptures that line its streets have only been added since 2009, when the neighborhood invited artists to decorate it.

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7. Las Palmitas, Pachuca, Mexico

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From 2014 to 2015, artists have transformed low-income Las Palmitas district into a neighborhood-sized mural. The goal of the colorful project is to “promote community integration and change the negative image of the neighborhood,” according to The Guardian.

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