If you live in a big city, you're used to seeing dreary and neutrally toned buildings and skyscrapers. While some of these skyscrapers are impressive, we need a little color in our lives every once in awhile.
We've listed twenty of the most colorful streets in the whole world. If you are ever traveling to these countries on this list, we recommend making a pit stop to witness these magical and very colorful streets and buildings. Taking a stroll through these colorful streets will instantly brighten your day. From rows of multi-coloured homes to dozens of streets literally painted blue, we've chosen some of our favorites that will make you want to book a trip right away.
A small Moroccan city, surrounded by mountains and known for its mix of Spanish and Muslim architecture is entirely covered in a lovely shade of blue. You have to see it to believe it. It's said that the color lining the streets symbolizes leading a spiritual life. If you want to see an array of colors, then the island of Burano in Italy is your go too. The small homes in this town of fishermen and artists are covered in bright colors that run along a canal.
Check out these twenty amazing places with the most colorful streets that will instantly change your mood and don't forget to take out your camera to snap these Instagram worthy locations!
20 Blue Streets In Chefchaouen, Morocco
In Morocco's Rif Mountains you'll find the city of Chefchaouen, which is best known for its distinctive blue and white buildings and streets. The city is literally covered in shades of blue mirroring the cloudless sky. The city was founded in 1471 and served as a fortress for exiles from Spain, and later welcoming Jews and Christian converts. There are multiples reasons as to why the city is painted blue. Some say Jewish refugees did it in the 1930s to mimic the sky and heavens and remind people to live a spiritual life. Others say the buildings and streets are painted a powdered blue to keep mosquitos away. Whatever the reason is, this city is beautiful.
19 Rue Crémieux, Paris, France
The most colorful street in Paris, France, named Rue Crémieux is surely one of the best spots in the city to snap an Instagram selfie. It is located in the 12th arrondissement, between Rue de Lyon and Rue de Bercy and is just 144 meters long. The brightly colored homes on this cobbled street are delightful and makes you feel like you've left the busy tourist areas in Paris. You won't find Haussmann style buildings here, just charming homes lined with plants. Fashion bloggers love snapping photos here and it quickly fills up with tourists, so if you are there, try and go early.
18 Villajoyosa, Spain
In the Spanish town of Villajoyosa, you'll find colorful tall and narrow fishermen homes along the beach that were said to have been painted different colors to help sailors see them from the water. The name Villajoyosa means city of joy and it is known for its good food, but most famous for its production of chocolate. Chocolate Factory Valor is the only one left and is supplying all of Spain with their delicious chocolate. This colorful town relies heavily on tourism and you'll even find many of their restaurants offering Norwegian, German and Russian cuisine.
17 El Caminito, Buenos Aires, Argentina
El Caminito is located in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The streets are lined with multicolored homes from bright reds, dusty pinks and powered blue; this area is basically a street museum. It is known for its street art and is usually full of performers, artists and open-air cafes where you can sit and take in the amazing views of this street. La Boca was originally home to a large population of immigrants, and today, is a working-class neighborhood bursting with fun colors. The area even caught the eye of composer Juan de Dios Filiberto, who wrote a tango about it in 1926.
16 Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
These colorful homes in Copenhagen, Denmark are iconic to Europe and one of the most photographed locations in the country. The canal side row of 17th century townhouses is now the home to dozens of restaurants and cafes. The area was once a busy commercial port for ships, with the oldest building dating back to 1681, but has been heavily renovated to become an ideal area for tourists and to the people who call it home. Copenhagen's Nyhavn is a great spot for photographers and for those who want to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the sun set on the canal.
15 Bergen, Norway
Bergen, Norway is a small city surrounded by snow-capped mountains and dense forest on one side, and calm waters on the other. It is a lovely city made up of pastel painted houses located on cobbled streets that are a delight. There is something charming about Bergen and the colorful wooden houses along the city's old Hanseatic Wharf are by far the most iconic sight here. In the past, Bergen merchants were trading stockfish and all the buildings were used as offices and storehouses. Today, the wharf houses shops, restaurants and a small museum, and makes for a great Instagram snap.
14 Las Palmitas, Pachuca, Mexico
This low-income neighborhood was literally transformed into a work of art when about 2,000 homes were painted into a swirling rainbow. The idea came from collective artists known as the German crew who spent 14 months turning this hillside neighborhood of Las Palmitas into a giant, colorful mural. When you look at it from afar, the homes combine to form a cohesive, swirly rainbow design. The design is homage to the wind, since the city is nicknamed "la bella airosa," which loosely translates to "the beautiful breezy city." Painting the homes was also an effort to change the negative image this neighborhood as received.
13 Paseo Gervasoni, Valparaiso, Chile
Almost every building here in this port city located on Chile's central coast has transformed into works of art. Walking up the hilly, narrow and twisting streets of Paseo Gervasoni, you'll see enormous crafted graffiti and brightly painted facade. It is a great place to walk and admire the expertly painted works of art that are on commercial buildings, streets and homes. If you make it up the hill, you'll also get a wonderful view of the Port of Valparaiso. The art is beautiful and inspirational, so if you ever make it here, put on your sneakers and make the climb, looking at all the art while you make it to the top for the awesome views of the port.
12 Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan
Taiwan also has its own Rainbow village, which was created by a former soldier named Huang Yung-Fu, who began painting houses in his settlement to save them from demolition. Now at the age of 90, Huang can sit back and look at his amazing creation and how he just picked up a paintbrush to save this village from being demolished. The village is bursting with color with the whole village a canvas with animals, flowers, and cartoons painted on the homes, walls and streets. You won't find a place like this anywhere else in the world and it is by far one of the most Instagram-worthy settings on this list.
11 Pelourinho, Salvador, Brazil
Pelourinho is the historic center of Salvador in Brazil and is bursting with color. There is a ton of colonial architecture in this historic neighborhood and magnificent churches to see. Take a walk down cobble stone streets to see these beautifully colored homes and check out a few of their lively restaurants and bars. There is a marvelous church called the Sa0 Francisco Church that will take your breath away. Look up to see outstanding gold-covered ceilings and intricate artwork everywhere you turn. These homes date back to colonial times and have been maintained extremely well.
10 Balat, Istanbul, Turkey
Getaway from the busy streets of central Istanbul and head over to Balat to see remarkable colorful homes and antique shops that has an old town feel. Balat is also one of the best places in Istanbul for a true, local experience, where you'll see men sitting in teahouses and kids kicking a ball in the streets. There are traditional bakeries and cafes selling traditional Turkish foods. There are a vast number of churches, mosques and synagogues and the famous Chora Museum, previously the Byzantine Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Savior. It is truly a magical place with colorful houses becoming iconic pictures on the Internet.
9 Chalcot Square, London, U.K.
London is known for its dreary weather, but these homes in Chalcot Square make you feel like you might be somewhere more tropical. These pastel colored homes in this quiet square was where poet Sylvia Plath lived with her husband, Ted Hughes. These 19th century townhouses are stunning with shades of pinks, purples, blues and yellows. London actually has many colorful streets besides Chalcot Square. There's Kelly Street in Kentish Town, Bywater Street in Chelsea, and Lancaster Road in Notting Hill, with homes lined in rows and all painted in different colors. So if you thought the homes in London were boring, you would be totally wrong.
8 Old Town Colmar, France
Colmar Old Town in France is romantic and looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale. This French Alsatian town storybook's architecture with bright French shutters and German half-timber buildings has a canal running through it, giving it the nickname "Little Venice." It's quaint and would be a perfect place for couples to enjoy lovely strolls near the water while taking in the amazing views of these cute and colorful homes. Walking down these streets will definitely make you feel like you are in paradise with dozens of reviews stating that it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
7 Rainbow Row, Charleston, South Carolina
One of Charleston's must-visit sites is called Rainbow Row and features a line of 14 pastel Georgian houses that are just stunning. The homes are near the historic waterfront and are prime examples of the architecture that people love so much in this South Carolina city. These different colored homes were supposedly used to capture the attention of drunken sailors who might not have otherwise been able to find their way home. However, it is also said that the people who live in these homes used the pastel colors to try and lower the temperature inside, since Charleston can get extremely hot.
6 Jellybean Row, Newfoundland, Canada
Jellybean Row in the Canadian province of Newfoundland is one of the liveliest streets in the country with homes painted in a multiple of colors. This part of downtown St. John's is lined with homes that have been painted in bright reds, blues, yellows, greens and orange. It is also one of the most photographed places in Canada because around every corner you go, you'll be staring at vivid colored homes that would brighten anyone’s mood. Even the city's storefronts have been painted different colors. These crooked and brightly colored structures capture the spirit of St. John’s.
5 Market Square, Warsaw, Poland
Market Square is the oldest part of Warsaw, Poland, and a lot of the old town was destroyed during World War II, but thankfully, reconstructed to what you see today. The buildings are brightly colored and date back to the 13th century. It is one of the more popular tourist attractions in Poland and features a variety of restaurants and cafes. In the center of the town is a bronze statue of a mermaid, a symbol of Warsaw. It is a fantastic place to walk around, learn some history about the Old Town Market Square, buy some cool street art and grab dinner and cocktails surrounded by these beautiful and colorful homes.
4 Burano, Venice, Italy
The island of Burano in Italy is captivating with it's rows of small houses all painted in different bright colors with a canal running right through the middle of them. Fishermen own the homes and you'll find casual eateries serving up fresh and delicious seafood. While Burano is most known for its lace, which has been produced there since the 16th century, you can't help but admire these lovely brightly colored homes. It's said that fishermen began a tradition of painting their homes in order to help them identify which house is theirs when they are far out on the lagoon.
3 Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Bo-Kapp in Capetown possibly has the most brightly colored homes on the planet. This area is one of Capetown's most popular attractions because of the technicolored homes and historic Bo-Kaap museum, which is set up to depict a traditional 19th century Muslim family's home. Although the museum is small, it allows visitors to get a glimpse of the past and culture of this Bo-Kaap neighborhood. The area holds a rich history, with the district rooted in Malaysian, African, Indian and Sri Lankan culture. Take a walking tour around this vivid neighborhood, which was transformed after Apartheid, when residents decided to paint their homes with these amazing pastel hues.
2 Kampung Pelangi, Randusari, Indonesia
Called Rainbow village, this area in Indonesia received a very colorful makeover in hopes of attracting more tourist to the area. The project took just over a month to complete and from afar, the homes are covered in rainbow stripes, but when you walk through the village, there are pieces of art around every corner. On one wall you can find a pair of angel wings surrounded by rainbow rays and on another wall you'll see a 3-D shark, which looks to be trying to bit those who pass by. Before the village was painted in these awesome rainbow colors, it appeared run-down and dreary. Today, it's one of Indonesia’s top attractions with tourists flocking to the area to take photos.
1 Steiner Street, San Francisco, California
These San Francisco homes are known as the Painted Ladies because of their Victorian and Edwardian style. These homes were repainted in the 1960s in three or more colors to enhance their architectural details. These homes were once dreary looking and grey, but after World War II, local artist Butch Kardum started a movement by painting his Victorian home in bright greens and blues. His neighbors would then follow suit. The Painted Ladies are also known as the Six or Seven Sisters, which refers to the six or seven houses along the row. You might also recognize the homes from everyone favorite childhood show, Full House.