Thursday, 08 October 2015
Brighten up your holiday: From heartwarming hues in Havana to pastels in Porto... the world's most colourful cities
From the rainbow that is Buenos Aires to the pastel painted Italian Riviera - many cities go above and beyond monochrome cement and brick.
The likes of St John's in Canada, Valparaiso in Chile, Locarno in Switzerland, Little India in Singapore and Cape Town in South Africa all pride themselves in having some of the world's brightest buildings.
Here MailOnline Travel takes a closer look at the destinations that'll really brighten up your holiday.
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Buenos Aires - Argentina
La Boca is known as Argentina's most colourful neighbourhood - it is famous for its rainbow buildings, football passion and Italian roots
People dine outdoors at a cafe in the La Boca barrio of Buenos Aires Argentina which is painted bright yellow
I can see a rainbow: La Boca is considered to be one of the most colourful tourist attractions in the city
Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital and the colourful city has something of a European atmosphere with vibrant nightlife around every corner.
Inside the city lies La Boca, Argentina's most dazzling neighbourhood - which is also famous for its football passion and Italian roots.
La Boca is situated beside the old port of Buenos Aires and today is considered one of the most important cultural centres and tourist attractions in the city.
Italian Riviera - Liguria
The picturesque coast of Liguria is framed by pastel painted little villages with colourful tower houses
One of the towns, Cinque Terre, features a tiny boat ramp which leads down to a swimming hole - which is regularly used by tourists
The picturesque coast of Liguria is framed by pastel painted little villages with colourful tower houses.
One of the towns, Cinque Terre, features a tiny boat ramp which leads down to a swimming hole - regularly used by tourists and locals.
Although there is no real beach here, the town is famous for having some of the best deep-water swimming around.
St. John's - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
St John's is fairly frigid, but the homes painted in bright, attractive colours warm the hearts of locals and visitors alike
St John's is branded as 'the most colourful city in Canada'.
The brightness of the town surprises most people, as vibrant colours are usually found in cities known for their warmth.
The city, which is situated in Newfoundland and Labrador, is usually sullen and cold. However, this does not stop the locals painting their homes in bright, attractive colours.
Valparaiso - Chile
Extraordinary graffiti has marked concrete walls in Valparaiso for the past 20 years
The city is full of vibrantly bright colours and it is almost impossible not to succumb to the dazzling sights
Valparaiso port - located in the heart of Chile - is full of extraordinary graffiti, which has marked concrete walls in the city for the past 20 years.
It also has swathes of colourful houses which visitors find hard not to be seduced by.
Delightfully, they are ranged up a steep hill, so are easily visible to all and just waiting for their Instagram moment.
Nyhavn, Copenhagen - Denmark
The northern side is lined by colour-splashed properties built with wood, bricks and plaster - with the oldest dating back to 1681
Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen which stretches along the harbour.
The city sports a brightly coloured line of early 17th and 18th century town houses that face a beautifully serene harbour - home to many historical wooden ships.
The northern side of Nyhavn is lined by colour-splashed properties built with wood, bricks and plaster, with the oldest dating back to 1681.
Cape Town - South Africa
This image shows the shear range of colours on display in Bo-Kaap, with houses coloured pink, peach, lilac and coral
Bo-Kaap is a stunningly bright part of Cape Town, South Africa, and is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre.
The town is hugely attractive to tourists, who enjoy walking the winding thoroughfares and absorbing all the vibrant colours painted upon the buildings.
There are also several cobbled streets, which add to the unique atmosphere.
Locarno - Switzerland
From churches to supermarkets, Locarno sports a rainbow of vibrant colours and sits next to a picturesque lake
Locarno shows that the Swiss aren't so neutral when it comes to colour schemes, with dozens of eye-catching buildings.
From churches to supermarkets, Locarno sports a rainbow of vibrant colours.
And as a bonus, it sits next to the picturesque Lake Maggiore, the second largest in southern Switzerland.
Mexico - Guanajuato
Mexico is home to the beautiful colonial town of Guanajuato which is known for its colourful walkways and buildings
Mexico is home to the beautiful colonial town of Guanajuato, which is known for its colourful walkways and buildings.
The bright city was founded in 1554 next to one of the richest silver mining areas of Mexico - and following the 16th-century mining boom, beautiful haciendas and colour-splashed colonial buildings were erected.
It was named a world heritage site in 1988 - and also has a renowned mummy museum, painted in more somber colours.
Little India - Singapore
Singapore’s 'Little India' is known for its love of colourful buildings - in particular, the House of Tan Teng Niah (above)
Singapore’s 'Little India' is known for its love of colourful buildings.
The House of Tan Teng Niah, which sits proudly in the centre, is a standout piece of architecture. The popular tourist attraction was built in 1900 as an eight-room villa for Tan Teng Niah’s wife.
Eating fish head curry is another popular activity for visitors to this district. It's not a dish for the squeamish, with more or less everything eaten apart from the eyeballs.
Havana - Cuba
Tourists flock to Havana for its colourful environment and to soak up the culture in a country that in many ways hasn't changed for decades
Havana's colourful buildings first appeared in the 16th and 17th centuries - and many remain today.
With the country now opening itself up to Western influences at a rate of knots, some fear, however, that the city may soon lose its guide-book-cover-baiting character.
Whether it does remains to be seen, but many aren't taking the chance and are booking holidays to Cuba for the not-too-distance future just in case.
Porto - Portugal
Porto might be Portugal’s second-largest city, but its heart is cloaked in old-world charm and intrigue.
The maze of streets and colourful buildings - tall narrow homes tiled in pastel shades of red, yellow and blue - draw in tourists from far and wide.
Unsurprisingly, Unesco has declared most of it a world heritage site.
Porto might be Portugal’s second-largest city, but its heart is cloaked in old-world charm and intrigue. And decorated nicely, too