Bright coloured houses: 10 Enchanting Cities with Colorful Houses (with Map)

10 Enchanting Cities with Colorful Houses (with Map)

Bright colors can change the appearance of a city significantly. When Edi Rama became mayor of Tirana, the capital of Albania, in 2000 he launched a campaign to add color to the post-communist city.

Apartment blocks and public buildings were painted in intense colors, transforming the city into a colorful capital with pink, green, blue and red colors. So if colors can brighten up the crumbling tower blocks of Tirana imagine what they can do for some of the prettiest cities around the globe.

10. Nyhavn

While Denmark’s capital of cool is a wonderful place to visit, it is the historic harborside town of Nyhavn that attracts the most attention. Lying at the heart of Copenhagen, ‘New Harbour’ is lined by multi-hued townhouses that were built in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Bobbing on the harbor in front of them are many wooden ships, and the lively cafes, bars, and restaurants along the waterfront only add to the ambiance. Be sure to visit number 9, the oldest standing building in Copenhagen, constructed in 1681. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at number 18 for some years.

9. Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap is a picturesque part of Cape Town, South Africa, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre. Bo-Kaap is locally referred to as the Malay Quarter since the majority of its inhabitants are descendants of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. They were brought here as slaves by the Dutch East Indian Trading Company in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Tourists can walk the narrow and winding streets and take in all the bright and vibrant colors adorning the buildings.

8. Zacatecas

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The Mexican city of Zacatecas was founded in 1548 to provide shelter to the silver miners and reached the height of its prosperity in the 16th and 17th centuries. The city is built on the slopes of a narrow valley with narrow streets climbing the steep hillsides.

The old center contains many colorful buildings, most of them from the 18th century, including the beautiful Cathedral and the Church of Santo Domingo which has a richly sculpted facade.

7. Kulusuk

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Greenland seems to have plenty of colorful houses that brighten up the otherwise bleak landscape. A good example is the settlement of Kulusuk located on a small rocky island . This tiny village is the gateway to east Greenland. Adventurous tourist can find stunning views of the enormous icebergs in the Denmark Strait and East Greenland’s magnificent mountains. Kulusk has one hotel built in 1999 and a youth hostel.

6. La Boca

La Boca is is a working class district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The artistic panache of it’s inhabitants put La Boca firmly on this list. The colourful houses are stunning examples of the independent nature of La Boca’s residents. Most of the brightly colorful houses are clustered by the port. Other attractions include many tango clubs and Italian taverns, as well as La Bombonera, home of the famous football club Boca Juniors.

5. Pelourinho

Salvador’s historic center, Pelourinho, is awash with color. Magnificent colonial-era buildings line its cobbled streets and squares. The first colonial capital of Brazil, Salvador boasts lots of pastel-colored monuments and historic houses dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

The city – and Pelourinho in particular – is renowned for its rich Afro-Brazilian heritage and culture. It’s a fantastic place to visit during carnival. This is when bright, chaotic celebrations take over Salvador’s streets in the form of parades, dancing, and other festivities.

4. Manarola

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Manarola is one of the oldest towns in Cinque Terre and is nestled in the Italian Riviera. This picturesque village sprouts out of the mountainside to provide a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean sea. Just climb the winding streets and enjoy and espresso at any of the outdoor cafe’s and absorb the stunning scenery of one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.

3. Jodhpur

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Once the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar, Jodhpur, on the edge of the barren Thar desert, is now popularly known as the ‘Blue City.’ As the cultural capital of Rajasthan State, it is blessed with centuries-old temples, beautiful palaces, and imposing forts.

Its most distinctive features, however, are the beautiful blue-washed buildings of the old town that lie clustered beneath the imposing walls of Mehrangarh Fort, which itself is perched atop of a mount overlooking the city. Legend has it that the city was painted blue because local priests thought it was an auspicious color.

With lots of alluring sights, sounds, and smells for you to immerse yourself in, Jodhpur and its many blue hues are sure to leave you with lots of incredible photos and memories of an unforgettable trip.

2. Punda

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Willemstad is the chief town of Curaçao located on the southern coast of the island. The Dutch colonial architecture of Willemstad is decidedly picturesque when set against the Caribbean waters.

The Punda district is the main shopping area and the seat of government of the Netherlands Antilles. It is the oldest district of Willemstad, established in 1634. The bright and diverse colors of the buildings in Punda are justification enough to make the trip.

1. Guanajuato

Nestled in the mountains of the Sierra de Guanajuato in Mexico lies the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato. The city was founded in 1554 next to one of the richest silver mining areas of Mexico.

The 16th-century mining boom led to the construction of beautiful haciendas and fine colonial buildings. Guanajuato streets and many colorful alleyways spread out in every direction while most of its traffic is served by a network of underground tunnels making it an excellent city for pedestrians.

50 of the world’s most colourful homes

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Why opt for a boring, plain house when you could have an eye-catching home in all the colours of the rainbow? We’ve tracked down some of the most colourful houses in the world, from striped wooden houses in Portugal to centuries old, pastel-hued homes in Poland, to give you some serious exterior inspiration.

Painted homes, Cape Town, South Africa


Thanks to these brightly painted houses and mix of Cape Dutch and Georgian architectural styles Bo Kaap is one of Cape Town’s most photographed areas. The area, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, dates from the 1760s, when rental houses were built and leased to enslaved Indonesians. When the houses were leased, they had to be white, but once those enslaved were allowed to own properties, it’s said they painted the houses bright colours in celebration of their freedom.

Striped wooden houses, Costa Nova, Portugal

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These adorable striped wooden houses in the beachfront town of Costa Nova are some of the area’s most distinctive homes. The houses were once used as fishermen’s cottages to store fishing materials and machinery, but are now mainly holiday homes.

Blue house, Jodhpur, India

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Located in the centre of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City”, as many of its homes are painted in a deep shade of blue. The origin of the tradition is unclear, although it may have been started to indicate caste or more simply, to deter insects. Either way the uniform blueness adds to the city’s picturesque charms.

Hilly houses, Cinque Terre, Italy

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The string of five villages that make up Italy’s Cinque Terre are considered to be one of the country’s most beautiful areas. This colourful hill is located in Riomaggiore and the village’s cluster of vividly-coloured houses, spilling down the hill, draws millions of visitors every year.

Market square houses, Poznan, Poland


The Old Market Square in Poznan is as postcard-pretty as it gets when it comes to colourful houses. The merchants’ houses date back centuries and with their mismatched colours and patterns sitting side by side, are one of the city’s prime tourist attractions.

Painted house, Venezuela

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Looking a bit like a Mondrian painting, this old house in Venezuela stands out from its neighbours for all the right reasons: strong colour pairings, bold lines and a lot of creativity.

Multicoloured houses, Pattaya, Thailand


This housing block in Pattaya definitely isn’t your run-of-the-mill property. A wonderfully clashing building, it catches every passerby’s eye.

Neon homes, Venice, Italy


The island of Burano, in Venice, is famous for its historic, brightly coloured houses. It’s believed the tradition started so fishermen could see the homes in the fog. Nowadays requests to paint the houses in a new colour have to be approved by the local government.

Pastel houses, London, UK

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In London’s well-heeled Chelsea, this terrace of Georgian townhouses on Bywater Street are painted in elegant but contemporary pastel shades.

Colourful houses on a hill, Valparaiso, Chile


The Chilean port city of Valparaiso is filled with bright, exciting colours, with a web of hills stuffed with vividly-painted houses.

Hundertwasser Haus, Vienna, Austria


The Hundertwasser Haus in Vienna was designed by the artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser and built in 1986. The architect used a fantastical range of shapes and colours for the housing complex, making it an architectural landmark in Vienna.

Colourful houses, Oregon, USA


Located in the east of Portland, Oregon, this row of clapboard townhouses is delicately painted in contrasting colours, with each home’s hue complementing its neighbour.

Bright building, Little India, Singapore

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Little India is a historic, buzzing area in Singapore that’s filled with colours in every nook and cranny, with sellers touting everything from brightly-coloured flowers to food. This wildly-coloured, century-old Chinese villa, which formerly belonged to a successful businessman, Tan Teng Niah, fits into the vibrant neighbourhood.

Colourful houses, Ilulissat, Greenland

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The coastal town of Ilulissat isn’t just impressive for its icebergs and dog sledding, but also for its picturesque collection of coloured houses, arranged in a haphazard fashion in primary colours.

Colonial houses, Guatape, Colombia

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Guatape has been called the world’s most colourful town, and it’s not hard to see why. Everything from doorways to balconies are painted in an eye-catching selection of colours. This street is just one example of the colonial houses you could see on a visit.

Pastel-hued terrace, London, UK

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Head to the classy north London neighbourhood of Primrose Hill to see these pastel-hued terraced houses, that sit opposite the area’s eponymous park on Chalcot Crescent.

Colourful beach houses, Muizenberg, South Africa


The beach suburb of Muizenberg, near Cape Town, is loved for its warm waters and great surfing. But it’s also a very picturesque spot, thanks mainly to its collection of bright beach houses. The colourful beach huts are a favourite of Instagrammers and make for beautiful photographs with their strong primary colours.

Caminito, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Located in the La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Caminito is a colourful street museum that is famous for its brightly-hued houses. The area, which is very popular with tourists, also showcases works by Argentine artists.

Colourful beach houses, Gaspesie, Canada

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These colourful beach houses, in the Gaspesie region of Quebec, are painted in charmingly bright colours to make perfectly pretty chocolate-box homes.

Canal houses, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


These skinny properties were built with the aim of squeezing in as many homes and shops as possible into the tight canal-side space. Many date from the 1600s and today they’re painted in a range of complementary colours.

Colourful houses, Varanasi, India

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Varanasi is one of the planet’s oldest continually inhabited cities. Its sacred status in Hinduism means several holy rituals, such as cremations and the washing away of sins, take place here. These chaotically-structured, radiant houses are clustered on top of one another by the Ganges.

Clashing houses, Canary Islands, Spain

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This street, in Puerto de la Cruz on the northern coast of Tenerife is so picture-perfect it looks like a film set. The houses in bold colours sit side by side, flanked by perfect lines of palm trees.

Modern homes, Bristol, UK


Bristol is famous for its brightly-hued homes and these Harbourside houses are no exception. The homes’ mixture of traditional and modern architecture and bold colours makes for an eye-catching photograph.

Mountain houses, Innsbruck, Austria


For a truly postcard-pretty sight, head to this street of houses along Innsbruck’s Inn River. If the row of neat, colourful homes weren’t picturesque enough, the mountain backdrop makes a truly stunning scene.

Colonial homes, Havana, Cuba

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Havana is well-known for its luminous colours and colonial architecture. These historic homes retain original features such as arched windows and ironwork balconies.

Colourful houses, Istanbul, Turkey


These vibrant houses in the historical centre of Istanbul haven’t just been painted in bright hues: each colour and detail has been painstakingly applied to create a charming doll’s house-like effect.

Stortorget, Stockholm, Sweden


Set in the heart of Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan, is Stortorget, a public square filled with colourful buildings. The boldly-toned houses are some of the city’s most photographed structures.

Getsemani houses, Cartagena, Colombia


The colourful streets of Getsemani, an up and coming neighbourhood just outside Cartagena’s historic old city, are becoming famous for their foodie offerings, creative street art and buzzing nightlife. The streets are full of colourful, colonial homes just like these.

Colourful street, Diessenhofen, Switzerland


Switzerland is well-known for its picturesque villages, and the small town of Diessenhofen is a great example of how pretty they can be. In the village’s main street, adorable painted houses sit side by side in a range of bright shades.

Traditional Icelandic homes, Stykkisholmur, Iceland


The beautiful town of Stykkisholmur, in western Iceland, has wonderfully well-preserved old houses in its centre, in a scenic collection of colours and patterns.

Bright homes, Cong, Ireland

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The small but picturesque village of Cong in County Mayo is a quiet and peaceful spot with plenty of traditional, colourful homes like these.

Seaside homes, Procida, Italy


Procida is the Bay of Naples’ smallest island without the rush of tourists that visit neighbouring islands such as Capri. Here houses are painted in bright shades of pink, blue, yellow and more, with the peeling paintwork adding to the charm.

Centuries-old coloured houses, Prague, Czech Republic


The beautiful city of Prague, but especially the Old Town Square, is home to many brightly-coloured houses with traditional red roofs and gothic facades.

Bright houses, Newfoundland, Canada

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St. John’s, Newfoundland, is well-known for its row houses and the vivid hues were first thought to be painted to make the homes visible to fishermen in the fog. The tradition was revived in the 1970s to breathe life into the downtown area and it caught on quickly, becoming one of the city’s most distinctive features.

Candy-striped house, London, UK

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This candy-striped townhouse in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea might look pretty, but it’s been at the centre of legal proceedings. The borough required the owner to repaint the home white within 28 days, saying the stripes were “incongruous” with the area, but she eventually won the right to keep her home just as it is.

Bright beach villas, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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The owners of these vivid villas in the beach resort of Punta Cana aren’t just lucky because they live across from the sea, but also because they can call these rainbow-tinted homes their own.

Terraced shops and flats, London, UK


London’s trendy Notting Hill area isn’t just a popular spot thanks to its cool restaurants, boutiques and bars, but also for its buzzing Portobello Road. It’s home to antiques dealers, cafes and vintage shops with apartments and duplexes in the colourful homes above.

Traditional house, Madeira, Portugal

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If you’re visiting the village of Santana on the island of Madeira, don’t miss checking out the famous houses of Santana. More than 100 of the triangular-shaped rural homes are still standing, with thatched roofs, wood-panelled interiors and colourful exterior detail.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark


Possibly Copenhagen’s best-known sight, the port of Nyhavn is a colour-filled, picturesque part of town, with a row of old houses that have now been renovated, mainly into restaurants. Nyhavn has been home to famous artists and authors, including Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in three different houses in the area. The oldest house dates to 1681, with its design remaining unchanged ever since.

Colonial houses, Trinidad, Cuba

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The UNESCO-protected town of Trinidad in the centre of Cuba’s south coast is a gorgeous place to wander. It’s filled with cobbled streets, grand colonial buildings and photogenic traditional homes like these, painted in luminous colours.

Waterside homes, Groningen, the Netherlands

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The city of Groningen and its Reitdiep city marina are home to some truly spectacular waterside buildings. These colourful structures make the marina one of the city’s most photographed areas.

Island homes, Catalina Island, Dominican Republic


The idyllic Catalina Island is the stuff of honeymoon brochures and beach screensavers, and if the sparkling waters, blue skies, white sands and swaying palm trees weren’t enough to tempt you to move there, just imagine living in one of these adorable coloured beachside homes.

Bright houses, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Surrounded by blossoming trees, these arresting homes in the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Vallarta, are painted in rainbow-like shades.

Harbour homes, Cobh, Ireland

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Cobh is an Irish town that’s rich in history. Previously known as Queenstown, it was the final port of call for the RMS Titanic as the ship set off on its tragic maiden voyage. The coastal town is built on a steep hill, with its cascade of colourful houses around the waterfront adding to its attractive charms.

Colourful homes, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, is famous for its brightly-coloured buildings. These coloured homes have been impeccably maintained with a smart white trim around the edges.

Pastel houses, Cologne, Germany


Many of Cologne’s historic buildings were destroyed in air raids during the Second World War. However this row of pastel-coloured buildings in front of Cologne’s Great St. Martin Church, offer a glimpse of what the medieval city would have looked like.

Green house, Tadoussac, Quebec, Canada


This home proves that being colourful doesn’t always have to mean standing out from the crowd. The light and dark green shades mean the house blends with its surroundings, while the highlighting white makes the most of traditional design features including a triangular roof with a trim, tall, narrow windows and decorative supports.

Wooden houses, Bergen, Norway


The coastal city of Bergen has suffered many fires over the years including one in 1916 that destroyed around a third of the city leaving 2,000 people homeless. Yet, it still has one of Europe’s largest collection of wooden houses. The colourful homes, dotted throughout the city and clustered by the harbour, are some of the city’s best-known buildings.

Medieval houses, Landshut, Munich, Germany

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This old Bavarian town near Munich exudes picture-perfect charm rows of medieval gothic houses in a mixture of colours and tones.

Art-nouveau homes, Lüderitz, Namibia

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Once a German colony, Namibia’s Lüderitz still features these colourful art-nouveau buildings in a Bavarian style. Located between the Namib Desert and the South Atlantic, this time warp town fell out of use as a port after the First World War and now feels like a surreal colonial relic. 

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TOP 10 most colorful places in the world

Nature has done its best to create amazing unusual landscapes that display the whole palette of colors and all kinds of shades. Urban paintings usually impress only with the architectural styles of buildings, but very rarely differ in the richness of the color scheme.

Although you can still find a number of exceptions. Below are the most colorful cities with colorful houses, the bright colors of which are breathtaking. Such urban landscapes impress no less than natural landscapes with extraterrestrial shades.

Saint John in Canada

Saint John is one of the oldest cities in Canada. It is located in the province of New Brunswick, on the coast of the picturesque Bay of Fundy, known not only for spectacular landscapes, but also for record high tides.

St. John, one of the most colorful cities in the world, is best known for its multi-coloured houses called Jelly Row. In fact, there is no street with that name. But it is it that is used by foreigners for all the multi-colored buildings located in the city center.

St. John’s residents are said to have painted their homes in bright colors so that even in foggy weather, the buildings retain their attractiveness. Each house here is painted in its own unique color. A walking tour of the colorful city of St. John will be an exciting journey through the realm of bright colors.

La Boca in Buenos Aires

One of the quarters of the capital of Argentina is also included in the list of places on the planet with colorful houses. La Boca is a picturesque area with colorful wooden houses and pedestrian streets, located on the southeastern outskirts of Buenos Aires. There are many cultural institutions here.

Colorful wooden houses serve as backdrops for various performances. In particular, La Boca is famous for street dancing. Here you can see tango dancers on almost every corner. Also, the La Boca area serves as a venue for various exhibitions of photographs and paintings.

Longyearbyen on Svalbard

Located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Longyearbyen is known as the northernmost city in the world. It got its name in honor of John Longyearbyen, an American who founded the Arctic Coal Company in 1906 But also Longyearbyen is known as one of the most colorful cities with colored houses.

Multicolored wooden houses on stilts are the highlight of this largest settlement in Svalbard. The high location of the buildings is associated with the desire of the first inhabitants of this region to stay away from the frozen cold ground.

The population of Longyearbyen is 2040 people. There is no motor transport in the city, locals prefer to use snowmobiles.

Chefchaouen in Morocco

The small but incredibly colorful city of Chefchaouen is located in the Rif mountains in northwestern Morocco. It is known all over the world for its amazingly bright houses, painted in blue and blue hues.

Paints of the blue of the sky were first used by Jewish refugees in this city in 1930. Blue is the symbol of heaven and paradise in Judaism. Such colorful houses also mean that spiritual harmony reigns in them.

The people of Chefchaouen constantly repaint their buildings blue to commemorate this old Jewish tradition and to preserve history. The blue city takes on different shades depending on the time of day. After the rains, it seems like a fantastic universe, where clear blue water rules the show.

The blue hue of Chefchaouen houses is said to repel mosquitoes. This colorful city is home to 40,000 people. There is a quiet and calm atmosphere here. Tourists often visit this colorful city of Morocco, where you can find cheap hotels, restaurants and cafes.

Bo Kaap in Cape Town

Bo Kaap is a historic district of Cape Town, famous for its colorful houses and cobbled streets. The buildings are a mixture of Georgian and Dutch architectural styles. This part of Cape Town is also known as the “Malay Quarter”.

During the 16th and 17th centuries. the Dutch brought slaves here from Malaysia, Indonesia and a number of African countries. The place of their landing was called “Cape Malaysia”.

In 1760, a number of houses were built in the area, rented out to slaves. Later, these buildings were purchased by them. It was the former slaves who painted the wooden houses in bright colors in order to demonstrate their happiness from the freedom they had acquired.

The Bo-Kaap Museum is the oldest building in this part of Cape Town. It was built in 1760. This building has retained its original appearance to this day. Within the walls of the museum you can get acquainted with the history of Bo-Kaap and the life of slaves in Cape Malaysia.

Jodhpur in India

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. It is also known as the “Blue City” of India, because the houses in the old part are painted exclusively in bright blue colors. This old quarter with colorful buildings surrounds the popular Mehrangarh Fort. Throughout Jodhpur, there are more than a hundred colorful houses, enclosed by a fortified wall.

It is said that the tradition of painting houses blue in Jodhpur was started by the Brahmin caste. It was they who painted their homes in such a way as to be different from everyone else. But later this tradition was adopted by representatives of other castes.

The blue color of houses in Jodhpur is also considered a symbol of the resilience of its inhabitants in the sweltering heat of the Thar Desert that surrounds this colorful city of India. According to local residents, the blue painting keeps the houses cool and repels mosquitoes.

Willemstad in Curaçao

Willemstad is the capital of Curaçao and a city included in the UNESCO list. Its central part impresses with colorful government buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, private houses and offices. In total, there are 750 colored houses in this colorful city. Colorful buildings give a truly fantastic view of the Willemstad waterfront.

The tradition of painting the city’s houses in bright colors was started by Governor General Albert Kickert. There is a rather interesting story connected with this. Being appointed to this position, Albert Kickert suffered from migraine attacks.

The source of health problems, in his opinion, was the reflection of sunlight from the dazzling snow-white buildings of the city. Therefore, he ordered that all the buildings in the central part of Willemstad be repainted in various bright colors, just to get rid of the white.

There are hundreds of protected historic structures in Willemstad. Many of them are prime examples of the Dutch architectural style. The harbor ports of this colorful city date back to the 17th century. They were built by the Dutch West India Company. Such a rich history and no less impressive colored houses attract many tourists to Willemstad.

Santorini in Greece

This beautiful Greek island is located in the southeast of the country. It has 15 traditional Greek settlements. Snow-white houses and cobbled narrow streets are the main attractions of these colorful Greek villages. From the balconies of the buildings there is a stunning sunset panorama over the sea and an equally impressive view of the ancient volcano.

Presumably, the inhabitants of Santorini began to use whitewash to decorate their homes in the 19th century. Unlike paints, lime is cheap and durable. In addition, it has oxidizing properties. As a result, the whitewashing of houses has become a kind of tradition of the inhabitants of Santorini, which gives the settlements on the island a unique monotonous style.

Nyhavn in Copenhagen

Nyhavn is a picturesque port area in the capital of Denmark. Colorful houses on both sides of the canal and wooden sailboats are its main attractions, which invariably attract the attention of tourists.

The colorful waterfront buildings date back to the 17th century. Now most of them are cozy restaurants and cafes.

House No. 9 is the oldest in Nyhavn. It was built back in 1661 and still retains its original appearance. Many of the colored houses in the Nyhavn area were home to famous Danish artists. The famous Danish storyteller Andersen once lived in house number 20.

Burano in Venice

Burano is a fairly small island located in the north of the Venetian lagoon. In fact, this is an archipelago of 4 islands connected by bridges.

The colored houses on both sides of the canals make it particularly attractive. The multi-colored buildings are reflected in the emerald waters, which gives this area a truly fabulous look.

In the old days, fishing was the main source of income for the people of Burano. But in winter, due to heavy fogs, fishermen could not always notice the coast. Therefore, they decided to paint their houses in different colors, so that the colorful buildings served as a kind of beacons.