Morocco’s 'blue city' and five other colourful places to visit around the world

2019-01-11 12:00 - Marisa Crous
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Chefchaouen blue town street in Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco. (PHOTO: iStock)

From Chefchaouen in Morocco to the Bo Kaap in Cape Town, go seek out rainbow-coloured places and have a holiday that literally pops with colour.

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

Known as the 'blue pearl' of Morocco, this city sits at the foothills of the Rif Mountains. Undoubtedly one of the country's most beautiful places to see, it has long been a beloved destination for travellers. There are many theories as to why the city is so very blue, some saying it's to keep mosquitoes away, while others say it represents the colour of the sea. 

Chefchaouen, Morocoo - May 4, 2015: Man walking in

Chefchaouen, Morocoo - May 4, 2015: Man walking in
Blue street scene of Chefchaouen, Morocco
Blue street scene of Chefchaouen, Morocco

(PHOTOS: iStock) 

Bo Kaap, Cape Town

This historical centre of Cape Malay culture is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, and is a vibrant, quaint neighbourhood formerly known as the Malay Quarter. After buying their homes from the city council years ago, residents painted their houses in bright hues. 

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Rainbow Village, Taiwan

Head out of Taipei to the second largest city in Taiwan, Taichung City. Just outside the city, in the Nantun District you'll find this magical place decorated in street art. The brainchild of a former soldier, Huang Yung-Fu, it is a definite itinerary-first when visiting Taiwan. 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Colourful façades can be found all over this incredible city. Pastel and bright-coloured buildings, all a bit crooked, are dotted across the city. Some of the most colourful streets include Nyhavn and Sankt Hans Gade. 

Santa Marta favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 2010 this shanty town was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour when residents helped brighten their surroundings as they were led by Dutch artists, Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas, who pioneered this project. 

Procida, Italy

Off the coast of Naples sits an island so pretty it'll blow your mind. Less touristy than islands like Capri, films like Il Postino, and The Talented Mr. Ripley were shot here.   

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