As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and the colors that these beautiful cities have speaks volumes about each of them.  Here’s our list of ten of these gems

Imagine how awesome it would be if you had the opportunity to live in a city filled with magical colors. These cities would make you realize that the beauty of a city lies within its passions and stories and less in the concrete and steel that make the strucutres. Here are some of the most colorful cities in the world.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

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Bo-Kaap is a historic suburb at the foot of Signal Hill in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s famous for its rows of colored houses featuring soft pastels and rich hues that liven up the narrow stoned streets. The houses are based on a mixture of Dutch and Georgian architectural styles.

Burano, Italy

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Burano is an archipelago of four islands in Venice. It has beautiful canals that have gondolas sailing through them and what make this city even more captivating are the brightly colored buildings that line the canals. House owners have to seek permission from local authorities regarding the colors that are available to them before they can make any changes.

Guanajuato, Mexico

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Known as the ‘Silver City,’ Guanajuato is a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the abundance of silver from the local mines.  The city has a shining spirit that is directly reflected in the bright colored buildings.

St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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St John’s city is one of the oldest cities in Canada, and North America,  with a rich history dating back to beyond the 1400’s. It’s heritage as a port and fishing hub is clearly on display in its richly colored houses.  The city had an entire stretch known as Jellybean Row because it gave every ship captain the honor of placing a candy color to his house so that it could be effortlessly spotted from the sea.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Known as the ‘Blue City,’ this old town is washed with blue houses that started as a tradition to differentiate the priestly caste (Brahmins) of India from other people. The blueness also symbolizes the natives’ resilience against the blistering heat of the nearby Thar Desert.

Longyearbyen, Norway

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This archipelago in the Arctic Ocean is not just known as the largest settlement of Svalbard and the northernmost town, but also for its colorful houses that shine so brightly against the snowy backdrop.

Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

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Pelourinho, or Pelo as its known, is registered as one of UNESCO’s world cultural centers, thanks in part  to its pastel-hued buildings hat line most of the city. It has narrow streets along shops, cafes, restaurants and churches that are easily navigable.

Rainbow Row, Charleston, South Carolina

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Many Charleston postcards and souvenirs are full of the colorful buildings of the historic Rainbow Row. The distinctiveness of each building has made the street a major tourist attraction.

Willemstad, Curacao

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As the capital city of Curacao and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Willemstad is known for its colorful buildings that total over 750. These buildings display Dutch architectural style and are protected as historical buildings.

Wroclaw, Poland

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Poland’s largest Westernmost city is a site to behold and is one of the most wonderful cities in Poland.  Its ancient architecture designs and beautifully searing colors make it a destination not to be missed.