World’s Most Colorful Cities

TravelandLeisure.com takes a look at the world’s most colorful cities. Whether a monochromatic yellow or featuring every color in the Crayola box, these cites are guaranteed to brighten your day. Some noteworthy cities include:

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
No, that’s not a rainbow at the foot of Signal Hill: the pops of color making their way up the slopes are typical of Cape Town’s historic Muslim quarter, where the mosques and homes make up a splashy kaleidoscope of aquamarine, fuchsia, and lime. Its Cape Malay community is descended from slaves brought over by the Dutch from Southeast Asia in the 1600s, and residents began painting their homes to celebrate the end of apartheid.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

South Beach, Miami
Neon lights, frothy façades, quirky patterned lifeguard stands, Art Deco buildings—driving along Ocean Drive in Miami is a retro trip back to an era when Technicolor was just bursting onto screens. Flamingo pinks and tropical greens flank the white sand on one side, with azure waters on the other.

South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

Rio de Janeiro
In 2010, Dutch artists Haas&Hahn schemed to turn a favela in Rio de Janeiro into a giant canvas for their third project in that city’s slums (favelapainting.com). Enlisting the help of local youth, they converted the homes of Favela Santa Maria into a rainbow of staggering proportions, composed of rays in myriad shades radiating across the façades.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Vernazza, Italy
These postcard-perfect pastel pink, lemon yellow, and sea green façades were hit by devastating floods in 2011. While the damage to Vernazza and the four other scenic waterfront villages that make up Cinque Terre was severe, efforts are under way to restore, rebuild—and repaint.

Vernazza, Italy

Vernazza, Italy

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