18 of the most colorful destinations around the world

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Havana, Cuba — Take a trip back in time as you stroll Havana's colorful neighborhoods. You'll find bright-colored buildings and vintage cars lining the streets. Look to the rooftops and note their distinct Moorish style.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — You can't miss the colorful buildings within the city, but you should definitely scout out the Santa Marta favela, where residents have transformed their neighborhood into a massive art canvas.

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Charleston, South Carolina — Take in all of Charleston's charm as you stroll down Rainbow Row. You'll see 13 stunning colonial-era homes in soft pastels, each one different from the next.

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Vernazza, Italy — While hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy, be sure to look over the trail to get a bird's eye view of Vernazza. This colorful port city is absolutely breathtaking.

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Bristol, England — Stand on Bristol's harbor side to see the colorful homes in Cliftonwood. Housing in this suburb is often accompanied by Victorian-style terraces.

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Wroclaw, Poland — Visit Rynek Plaza to take in Wroclaw's most colorful square. You'll find plenty of restaurants and outdoor seating to unwind at nearby.

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Willemstad, Curaçao — Brightly-colored buildings fill the streets of this island in the southern Caribbean. In Willemstad's city center, take note of the colonial architecture that was influenced by Dutch styles.

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Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa — Bo-Kaap is a traditionally multicultural area in Cape Town. The neighborhood is known for its brightly colored homes and cobblestone streets.

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Balat in Istanbul, Turkey — Balat previously served as Istanbul's old Jewish quarter. It now attracts a more diverse group of residents in addition to visitors who come to see the area's unique architecture and fading colors.

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Barranco in Lima, Peru — The Barranco neighborhood is a nice change of pace from Lima's urban scene. You'll find stucco-faced homes in bright colors, as well as graffiti artwork nearby.

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St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada — In St. John's, the Victorian buildings have white-trimmed doors and windows and are painted in various bold colors, making them easy to spot from the surrounding water.

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Old San Juan, Puerto Rico — You'll love the restaurant and bar scene in this colorful, seven-block neighborhood. While each building has a unique shade, take note of the classic European architecture.

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La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina — The neighborhood located at the mouth ("boca") of the Riachuelo River had an interesting start. It was constructed with mismatched scrap metal from nearby shipyards, and residents gathered all the paint they could find to give the metal a new look, hence the puzzle-like designs you can see there today.

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Pattaya, Thailand — Pattaya may be known for its nightlife scene, but the city's bright colors attract visitors seeking beauty as well. Take in the view from one of the many high-rise condos or resorts.

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San Francisco, California — San Francisco's "Painted Ladies" homes on 710-720 Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square, are iconic. They are referred to as "Postcard Row" for a reason, and are definitely worth seeing in person.

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Valparaíso, Chile — This port city is the cultural hub of Chile, where residents express their creativity alongside colorful buildings with equally enticing murals and street artwork.

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Copenhagen, Denmark — In Denmark's capital you'll find Nyhavn, a 17th-century waterfront, canal, and entertainment district. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from when dining near the harbor.

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Provence Village of Menton, Provence-Alpes Cote d'Azur, France — Located in southeast France on the French Riviera, Menton is the perfect place to take in colorful architecture. From the harbor, look back at the town as the sun sets on the building's golden hues.

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If you're tired of your traditional urban landscape, these 18 cities across the globe will offer plenty of color to brighten your view.

From Thailand to Peru, these are some of the most colorful cities around the world. You'll want to grab your passport and jet off to these destinations immediately, and who could blame you? These cities are stunning.

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