According to science, we may be more conscious of color when we visit somewhere new. Maybe seeing a place for the first time focuses the senses and opens our eyes to the subtle hues of the desert or the candy colors of the Caribbean? All the more reason to travel to some of the most colorful places in the world. Here are our five favorites.
The Bay of Naples’ smallest island is also its best-kept secret. Procida is just over 2.5 miles square, wrapped by vertiginous cliffs, and (apart from being the setting for many scenes in the film The Talented Mr. Ripley) the island has remained relatively untouched for centuries. Ferries arrive at a port filled with fishing boats rather than luxury yachts, overlooked by colorful buildings draped with washing lines. Catching the sunset in the multicolored fishing village of Marina Coricella is a must.
A picturesque town constructed on a row of islands with the dramatic Sunnmøre Alps in the background. After a devestating fire in 1904 Ålesund was rebuilt entirley with Art Nouveau architecture making this convivial town a snapshot of the style that dominated the era. The colors of these charming buildings can be enjoyed nearly all day from late May to late July, when the sun does not set for about 20 hours.
La Boca, Buenos Aires
Alive with the sound of tango music and the cheers of the crowd coming from the local soccer stadium, La Boca embodies the infectious energy of South America. The area retains a strong European flavor (many of its early settlers originating from the Italian city of Genoa), while the brightly painted zinc shacks hark back to the late 1800s when immigrants coming into the port used leftover maritime paint to liven up the barrio.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston’s colorful past is evident in the landmark pastel buildings and historic homes with deep green trim. Legend has it that Charleston Green, a green so deep it looks black, came about after the Civil War when Union troops sent buckets of black paint when rebuilding the decimated town. Residents couldn’t bear the thought of their Holy City being painted black, so they tinted the paint with yellow and green, creating Charleston’s signature accent color.
Located in the historic region of Transylvania, Sighisoara is one of Romania’s seven citadel cities built by the Saxons in the 12th-century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The birthplace of Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula), the focal point of this medeival town is the Clock Tower. Climb to the viewing platform at the top for stunning views of the town and surrounding countryside.