If you are captivated by colorful things, people and places, then you will love learning more about five of the world’s most colorful cities. However, these cities are not only colorful in their architecture but also in history, culture, and ethnicity.

1. Jodhpur, India

Nicknamed the “Blue City” because of its 500-year-old settlement of brilliant blue houses, Jodhpur stands in striking contrast to the surrounding golden Thar desert. There are mixed opinions about why the houses were originally painted blue. Some say that the blue houses once belonged to the upper caste residents and distinguished them from the remaining community, while others claim that the blue houses created a cooling atmosphere. If you ever visit Jodhpur, the city offers many interesting attractions that include historic forts, majestic palaces, stunning gardens and vibrant markets.

2. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

The capital and largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador, St, John’s low-rise cityscape shimmers like a kaleidoscope of red, blue and purple colors. Formerly a British colony in the 1800s, St. John’s boasts a history that is every bit as colorful as its architecture. The city was captured multiple times by the French and Dutch and also played important roles in several wars that include the Seven Years’ War, American Revolution, War of 1812 and World War II. St. John’s is also a cultural gem with a wide variety of museums, art galleries and one of North America’s hottest nightlife scenes.

3. Willemstad, Curaçao

Willemstad’s multicolored colonial buildings are reflected like a brilliant watercolor painting in the azure Caribbean Sea, where the city thrives as the capital of the Netherlands Antilles on the island of Curaçao in the West Indies. The city’s historic center is a World Heritage Site and offers a culture that is as vibrant as its pastel-shaded landmarks with friendly people, charming cafes, floating markets, historic sites, beaches, casinos, and nightclubs.

4. La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Once a 16th-century slave colony, La Boca today is one of the most famous barrios, or neighborhoods, of Buenos Aires due to its rainbow-colored colonial buildings, array of artistic works and animated nightlife district, which is teeming in tango bars and street dances.

5. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Not only is Bo-Kaap a dramatic scene of terraced Dutch and Georgian colonial buildings arrayed in colors of yellow, red, green and blue, but this Cape Town district is also a melting pot of ethnic groups from all over the world, many of which descended from the former slaves who first settled the area. Nearby Bo-Kaap, you can go hiking along Cape Town’s most popular landmark, Table Mountain, or shop and dine along the bustling Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Better yet, take a short ferry ride to Robben Island to tour the prison where former South African President, Nelson Mandela, was incarcerated during the apartheid era.


While there are many other colorful cities in the world, this list covers five of the most popular travel destinations that feature colorful sights, culture, and history.

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