Travel the Rainbow: 8 Colorful Travel Destinations
It’s a colorful world we live in, and nowhere more so than in these technicolor travel destinations. From brightly hued buildings to kaleidoscopic markets to chromatic clothing, these colorful locales are every bit as vibrant aesthetically as they are culturally. So whether you have an artistic eye or are just partial to a prismatic palette, these are brilliant trips to take—literally.
Goodbye, black and white; we’re not in Kansas anymore.
Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo via John Anes.
There’s no such thing as “a tasteful shade of alabaster” in Nyhavn. This 17th-century waterfront canal district in Copenhagen, Denmark, is lined with chromatic cafes, bars and restaurants in an array of candy-coated rainbow colors.
A lamp display in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo via Jez Elliott.
One of the largest and longest-standing covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, is a prismatic playground for the eyes, as well as a shopper’s heaven. Row upon row of jewelry displays, painted ceramics, carpets, spices, lamps and more weave a radiant tapestry of artisan wares.
The colorful streets of Little India, Singapore. Photo via Carrie Kellenberger.
The color-saturated streets of Little India, Singapore, break all the rules of color-coordination. The crayon-box color palette of the storefronts looks like what might result if you appointed an imaginative young child as city planner.
Santorini, Greece. Photo via Pedro Szekely.
White-washed facades punctuated with surprising pops of color are signature Santorini, as are the bright blue roofs that sear like sapphires among the predominantly stark-white cityscape. Enjoy the view at dusk to catch the city in its beautiful “Blue Hour,” when the post-sunset sky deepens to match the hue of the domed blue roofs.
Colorful carpets in Marrakech, Morroco. Photo via Mar10os.
Let your eyes feast on a visual buffet of rich, vibrant hues, patterns and textures in the multitudinous markets of Marrakech, Morroco. Vibrant vendors saturate the streets, creating a veritable open-air art museum of hand-crafted goods in every color imaginable.
Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy. Photo via Brian Stacey.
Vibrant fishing village Vernazza in the Cinque Terre region of Italy is made up in an enchanting array of warm corals, yellows, pinks, oranges and reds that provide a perfect complement to the searing blue sea surrounding it. It’s a must-visit on everyone’s travel bucket list.
Colourful pilgrims gathering for Ganga aarti, Haridwar, India. Photo via McKay Savage.
If there’s one country in the world that embraces every shade, tint and tone on the color wheel, it’s India. From the textiles to the temples, India is imbued with so many rich hues, it’s like being inside a real-life cultural kaleidoscope. If you’ve ever wondered what it might look like if a rainbow exploded, visit during Holi, an ancient Hindu celebration also known as the “festival of colors.”
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